I was searching your site, and as my current style is Chinese, I was interested on the Korean take of kung fu. This is what I found:
"Some Chinese styles try to imitate animals. We are human beings not animals, so we should not try to imitate animal movements. We are not constructed like animals, so trying to intimidate their movements is ineffective. Use human movements and techniques. We have our own instincts and attack techniques that are different from animals. Specific techniques used for animal imitation are usually not as effective as purely human techniques. Chinese styles use a lot of mumbo jumbo that makes simple things sound mystic and complicated."
First off, I would like to ask you how you know that Tae Kwon Do, or any martial art for that matter, uses "human" techniques? Are they human techniques because they have different names, like "back stance" instead of "cat stance"? You can call a wrist grab "monkey paw," or whatever you want, it’s still just a move formulated by humans, for humans. You don't see someone that does tiger style walking around on all fours and jumping on people to attack. Even the "tiger claw" which consists of a palm strike to the chin and a rake down through the eyes is recognized by self defense experts as an excellent technique, but they don't call it tiger claw, they just call it a combination palm strike/eye rake. Since you seem to have no background in the Chinese martial arts whatsoever, I can only assume that you have acquired your views from old kung fu movies and/or maybe some Wushu demonstrations (Wushu is not a martial art, by the way, it is like the rhythmic gymnastics of kung fu. They do not learn application, and they have many flowery pointless moves). There is much more I could dictate on this subject, including the fact that both TKD and Karate came from kung fu, but at the moment I have little time to spare.
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