Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern California
I agree with GMW. I am hearing a lot of oppinions and theories here. "TKD is crap, just take him out with a 1,2 then GnP him." NO fight is so simple as this. There is no move or strategy that is %100. Anything can happen. It's foolish to think that he's ignorant to MMA, and Sandman hasn't established himself in wrestling, BJJ, or Muay Thai. It's easy to watch the UFC and think "Oh that's easy." Once punches start really flying, your brain goes out the window until you're used to it.
I think the reason that TKD is less effective in MMA is NOT because of the techniques, but the lack of genuine sparring. Point sparring is SO SO SO different from fighting. You focus so much on technique rather than simply effective striking. That said many fighters have studdied Tae Kwon Do at some point.
I trained in TKD for YEARS, and as such, my kicks are good. MMA opened my world up, and I abandoned TKD, but now that the rest of my game is SLOWLY coming together, my TKD is coming into play as my best offensive tool standing up. Also, side kicks can be VERY effective, if used strategically.
My advice is... just don't make a big deal about it. Just have fun. You can both learn from eachother. If you spar to prove a point, noone has fun.