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Old 12-16-2007, 08:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone, I'm not sure whether you'll think this is a stupid question so I thought I'd grab your opinions on it.

Currently I train TKD, Wing Chun and BJJ, I'd been training TKD for about 4 years when I first began to train Wing Chun and not suprisingly I guess the first thing I noticed that the Wing Chun guys kicking standard was significantly lower than the TKD guys. Now I'm thinking about chucking in TKD to start boxing however one thing I don't want to lose is the form on my pretty kicks, ofcourse I'd continue to practice them whether I was formally training or not but do you guys think that my standard would drop without the influecne of a TKD class or do you think I'd be fine as long as I continued to drill my kicks when I train.
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Old 12-16-2007, 11:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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if you don't use it you will loose it that's just the way it is, so if you want to keep it just keep on practicing it
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Old 12-17-2007, 05:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Currently I train TKD, Wing Chun and BJJ, I'd been training TKD for about 4 years when I first began to train Wing Chun and not suprisingly I guess the first thing I noticed that the Wing Chun guys kicking standard was significantly lower than the TKD guys. Now I'm thinking about chucking in TKD to start boxing however one thing I don't want to lose is the form on my pretty kicks, ofcourse I'd continue to practice them whether I was formally training or not but do you guys think that my standard would drop without the influecne of a TKD class or do you think I'd be fine as long as I continued to drill my kicks when I train.
I highly recommend that you take a boxing class. Without it, as soon as someone absorbs a kick to get in punching range, you'll be in trouble. If you sign up at a boxing gym, you can still practice your "pretty kicks" on a heavy bag when you aren't with an instructor/in a class. Ideally, to keep your kicks up to par and develop your hands you'd want to find a good muay thai kickboxing class, but that isn't always realistic.

I'd recommend dropping the TKD or Wing Chun and subbing in some kind of boxing and some form of wrestling. All of which will be useful especially when it comes to MMA. Don't worry about your kicks, you can drill those wherever there's a bag... and most of them should only be used pretty rarely in MMA (since high kicks leave you open for takedowns). Work on what will be used most.
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Old 12-18-2007, 06:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I highly recommend that you take a boxing class. Without it, as soon as someone absorbs a kick to get in punching range, you'll be in trouble. If you sign up at a boxing gym, you can still practice your "pretty kicks" on a heavy bag when you aren't with an instructor/in a class. Ideally, to keep your kicks up to par and develop your hands you'd want to find a good muay thai kickboxing class, but that isn't always realistic.

I'd recommend dropping the TKD or Wing Chun and subbing in some kind of boxing and some form of wrestling. All of which will be useful especially when it comes to MMA. Don't worry about your kicks, you can drill those wherever there's a bag... and most of them should only be used pretty rarely in MMA (since high kicks leave you open for takedowns). Work on what will be used most.
Thanks for that, you were very informative, I agree with everything you said in regards to MMA and practicality of techniques in a fight situation, I'm just also into the art side of martial arts forms and what not I'd just like to keep my kicks for show basically, but yeah anyway that's was the anwser I was after. 'Preciate it.
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Old 12-18-2007, 01:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The honest truth is that the quality of your kicking will drop. Unless you spend as much time on kicking as you do now, your kicks will get sloppier than it previously was. This is not to say that you will no longer be able to kick, but like someone said "if you don't lose it, you'll lose it." It also may take a while for this to happen, but it will.

Even if you keep practicing kicks, you probably won't be practicing as much as you did in TKD. As such, you'll likely retain the important basics but the higher level stuff will start to fade.

I'm in a similar boat as you. I stopped taking TKD a few years ago, and while I can still do the moves, I don't do them all that well. Still, Boxing is a good idea.

It's probably because I'm biased that I say this, but you should drop Wing Chun instead. Go with boxing, and you'll have good hands. Keep TKD and you'll have good feet. and if you're creative, maybe you can find a way to use them, beyond leg kicks and such.

Though, as was said above, wrestling is a real good idea too.
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Old 12-18-2007, 05:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Who are you training Wing Chun and TKD with?
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My suggestion would be to dump whoever isn't training you hard enough. If your TKD or WC school is kinda watered down and you aren't getting the training you were hoping for then find another place.
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