Both styles use widely accepted techniques and concepts, not some weird, secret, mystic techniques and concepts in which only a few gullible people believe. Both styles are suitable for all ages and genders and do not have any religious connection. A basic difference between the two is that Isshin-ryu uses strict traditional values and methods and is more a way of life, while Taekwondo is uses modern training concepts and is more of a sport, especially the sport version.
Which style you choose a personal choice, depending on what is available where you live, how much importance you place on sparring, whether you prefer precise, complicated techniques with little movement or simple, powerful techniques with lots of movement, or whether or not you have Olympic aspirations. If you are interested in a traditional combat martial art that places stress on the “art” and concentrates more on self-defense techniques, choose Isshin-ryu. If you interested in a modern combat sport that may be used for self-defense, choose Taekwondo.
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