Taekwondo Vs Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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Taekwondo vs. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu As I stepped onto the mat for the first time, martial arts ran in my blood. I was raised to never allow anyone to take advantage of me. Always standing my ground, I was headstrong since I grew up with a brother who always picked on me. Smaller than the average-sized child, I had to be tough to survive. Martial arts disciplined me in a way I never thought possible. My instructor was always checking my grades, asking my parents if my room was clean, as well as asking how I treated them. If I ever had an unsatisfactory mark on my “parent report card,” I would be run into the ground by doing continuous exercises until I was afraid to talk back, throw my clothes on my bedroom floor, or have anything less than an…show more content…
It is mostly for defensive purposes only. Taekwondo teaches several punching and blocking techniques, but the art’s primary focus is on kicking. If you watch a taekwondo demonstration, you will likely see a variety of jumping and flying kicks. The roundhouse kick is frequently used in this martial art. This kick is performed by kicking horizontally at your opponent with the ball or top of your foot. The roundhouse kick is a fast, powerful kick that is often used to score points in taekwondo competitions. Taekwondo students also spend a lot of time practicing poomse, which are choreographed routines to help students imagine they are defending themselves against a group of people (Tae Kwon Do Vs.). From the standpoint of sparring, Taekwondo is essentially continuous sparring, just as one sees in amateur boxing (Syinth and Green). A skilled Taekwondo athlete knows the right distance to be from his opponent. When you are short, you need to stay inside of their kicking range but if you are taller, you need to back up to put a smaller person in your range. “My instructor spent hours trying to teach me the perfect time to counter a kick with yours. You must wait until you see their hip move and then you throw yours. This only works if you are faster than your opponent though,” said Hunter Hempstead, a third-degree black belt at Red Dragon Karate. At RDK, they also extend teaching…show more content…
Practitioners of this martial art do not even spend much time on their feet. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is primarily ground fighting (“Tae Kwon Do Vs.”). Once taken to the ground, you must know how to protect yourself and get out of a dangerous situation. Hunter said, “if you can get into a mount, which is you sitting on their stomach, you have the most control, but a guard will work too.” In the guard, the practitioner is lying on his back or side, and trying to keep the opponent from achieving the mount. A common guard places the opponent between the practitioner 's legs, which encircles the opponent just above the hips. If the ankles of the encircling legs are crossed, then it is a “closed guard.” If the ankles are not crossed, then it is an “open guard.” An alternative is the “half-guard,” in which the practitioner uses his or her legs to trap one of the legs of the opponent who is attempting to mount (Syinth and Green). “From these positions, you are pretty much guaranteed to come out on top unless your opponent knows more than you,” he added. If you become really good, you learn how to escape chokeholds and other dangerous situations by using pressure points and quick moves. Both Jiu-jitsu and Taekwondo are similar in basically only one way; they both can save your life. If you are going to pick up one art, you might as well pick up both. This way you are now able to protect yourself at all times. So who

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