I'm a brown belt in Kuk Sool Won and a Black belt in WTF TKD. I probably would have stuck with KSW if my school never left my city, but unfortunately it did and I began training in TKD. I was at first skeptical about training in WTF TKD due to the hogu and the lack of punches but once I began training I developed a respect as well as "I already started might as well finish" attitude. I noticed that TKD mainly WTF TKD has developed a bad reputation due to the rules of sparring. My question is how can TKD become a respected martial arts and do you think that it is possible for TKD to develop a Kickboxing curriculum similar to how Karate and Wushu has adopted? Basically ITF but with WTF full contact sparring and of course without the hogu. I think Olympic sparring is killing the reputation of TKD and I think it is possible that WTF TKD will be kicked out of the Olympics as a whole, the electronic hogu is not solving the problem. If TKD does not make appearances in events like K-1 WTF will continue to be a joke to non TKD styles. What are your thoughts and how can TKD be fixed?
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