Toughening up TKD is like those weenies who put big exhausts and spoilers on their 90hp Hotwheels cars and pretend their muscle cars. If the Koreans want to have a MA they can have pride in they need to admit that taking the punching out of Shotokan and calling it TKD didn’t work.[/quote]
True. The story is often forgotten how Choi Hong Hi earned a 2nd degree black belt in Shotokan, made some very small changes and created Tae Kwon Do. And of course Shotokan, created by Funakoshi only dates to the early 1900’s. Yet TKD claims a history thousands of years old.
An instructor I had many years ago had a 3rd degree in Shito-ryu Karate, 2nd degree in Goshin Budo Jujutsu, and brown belt in Kamishinryu Kempo. He taught the Jujutsu and Karate as seperate arts. He taught two 3 hour classes each week, 2 hours of Karate and an hour of jujutsu. We combined them as we wanted - perhaps I liked Ogoshi as a throw, but my classmate like Tai-Otoshi as a throw…we learned them as seperate arts, yet together, but the two of us demonstrating the same arts might look entirely different. I feel this was a true MMA (mixed martial art) because it was 2 arts we mixed. Now adays the MMA is “premixed” - students learn a preblended art. As a result MMA is a new style, the fighters look very similar, as they are essentially learning a preblended art. I have actually used Nami Juji Jime to choke someone out in a fight - and I know Nami Juji Jime as a choke because I learned Japanese Jujutsu - maybe I am wrong but I doubt many MMA students even know Nami Juji Jime - but many might like it for their own personal MMA if they learned it. I like it.
Ii think TKD can be good, and its good your instructor urged cross training. The new preblended MMA teaches its own limited version of techniques that many have found useful in NHB (no holds barred) fighting - but NHB is only one thing MMA is good for. Martial arts can be blended other ways to create other versions of MMA - MMA that are useful for things other than NHB. Nami Juji Jime is not useful in most NHB because of the lack of shirts, but it works for me ( or has worked for me once) in a real fight.
I would like to see a blend of TKD, boxing and Aikijutsu.