I thought id share this article, Taekwondo is one of the most maligned martial arts going mainly because of the sheer number of bad schools and heavy kiddie emphasis. But if it can find relevance through mixed martial arts maybe peoples opinions will change. My opinion is still on the whole that taekwondo In WTF format has no future, olympic taekwondo is dull as dish water, I analysed 16 hours of Sydney olympics taekwondo matches for a reserach study.
I have black belts in Both ITF and WTF taekwondo, even in korea taekwondo isnt taken very seriously by fight trainers. When joining my current MMA gym the muay thai coach laughed and said "I not scared" when I mentioned my TKD credentials before my submission grappling or kyokushin ones. I want to be proud of the 10 years I devoted to the art but its reputation prevents me from doing that.
What I can be proud of is my taekwondo instructor (despite losing his MMA matches) recommending cross training which has gotten on the path i am now.