>> I can understand Triathlon being added but Taikwondo????????
>> How does Taikwondo, a martial art designed for and by professional killers fit
>> into the Olympic ideal? I thought they were trying to get rid of boxing for
>> this reason.
>> --I think PROFESSIONAL KILLERS is a far-too-extreme term to use for Tae Kwon
>Do. Maybe you know nothing about the style...or any martial art, for that
>matter...but the fact remains that killing is done by assassins and martial
>artists tend to use their art only for competition purposes or that
>ever-popular thing called SELF-DEFENSE. Believe me, though, that sport Tae
>Kwon Do would be a lot more graphic (including deaths) if it were anything like
>you're interpreting it to be. Like boxing, it's techniquely based on a point
>system...and if someone accidently gets knocked out...then that competitor's
>TKD instructor is going to have to remind him to block or get out of the way.
> I got a question for you...did you watch the last TKD event in
>Barcelona? If so, maybe you would've noticed that it was kinda tame...I've
>seen (and participated in) Karate & TKD tournaments that were far more intense.
> -Sensei Jam
TKD is exactly the sort of sport that they are trying to get rid of from the
Olympics. It is Jugded, it is ***, the object is to HIT your opponent, if
possible knock him out. This is not a sport that lives up to the Olympic ideals
of peace and frendship (whatever that means.)
The ONLY reason that TKD is even getting a look in is because
Samaranche's buddy and VP of the IOC is the South Korean "Kim" (or something like
that) This South Korean was the head of the South Korean Secret Service and one
time instructor in TKD, was appointed to the IOC before SK became a democratic
nation, but as IOC members are appointed for life, he can't be kicked out by SK.
TKD schools around the world were used as fronts for the Korean Secret Service,
were they regularly grabbed foreign nationals to take them back to Korea. Kim
was the leader of the Secret Service at this time.
Out of this the "sport" of TKD developed.
All of this info has been taken out of Australia's Inside sport in an article
by the guys who wrote "lord of the rings" I don't have the article here at work
so I can't remember the exact names :-)
But if you think obout what sports that the IOC have been thinking about getting
rid of and the ones that cause the most controversy, then there is know way that
TKD should even be considered. Beacause of Kim's power in the IOC it is going to
be a full sport.
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