Americans train in Taekwondo for the usual reasons: for exercise, to lose weight, to get in shape, and because they think it may help them if they are attacked. These are good reasons for training in any martial art, but they are somewhat selfish reasons, since they only involve personal needs. These were the reasons most Americans trained in Taekwondo prior to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and they are still the reasons most Americans train in Taekwondo after 9/11.
Taekwondo practitioners still train for personal reasons; they do not train for or even consider the possibility that they may have to fight terrorists who want to kill hundreds of strangers, and that they may surely die in the fight. If their effort is not successful, then they will have died in vain, and hundreds of others will still die.
Before 9/11, Taekwondo practitioners believed they were trained to handle any threat against them or their loved ones. However, 9/11 forced them to face the possibility that, at any moment, they may have to fight for the lives of fellow aircraft passengers, or for the lives of thousands of others on the ground. For the ones who have considered this possibility, most of them have ignored it and live under the delusion that the government will protect them.
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