Over the last year my wife is trying to convice me to join the local WTF TaeKwonDo(TKD) club (no local Karate club). I have come to the conlusion that even though there may be some training benefit, I can't as it seems to me that WTF TKD has devolved down to a sport (martial sport).
- WTF TKD is very kicking centric. For the sessions I have attended in two years (watching/participating), there has been no work on blocking or arm strikes other than when they run patterns.
- In the sessions I have attended the focus of training is on sparring competition (strictly using kicks), and developing good endurance.
- Lack of hidden jewels. Again this may be partially out of ignorance of the higher/finer points of TKD, but the forms in TKD seem to require no interpretation of thier use other than the movements presented. Unlike in karate where a block can alternatively be a strike, or throw.
- Overall there seems to be little to no training for combat situations other than sparring.
- No development/coaching on focus or power for blocks or punching (this is confirmed by an incident at a recent testing for the school where a black belt was called out to break several blocks of wood, and failed - if you do not train focus and power how does one expect to pass?)
One final point I make might be more a fault of the particular school, but seems comparable to what I have heard and encountered previously.
6. My wife made Black belt after barely a year and a half, and my son(under 11) is testing this fall after two years, and his techinique is lacking. I have no doubt that in an open kumite match between my wife and myself (green belt), I would win. She admits as much.