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how are they (if at all) different from karate kicks ?
and karate has - kihon , kata , kumite - is there anything like this in tkd?
whats an average day in the dojang consist of for u?
How the kicks are different varies depending on which style of taekwondo you are comparing to which style of karate.
Taekwondo does have basics, sparring, and forms.
"What's an average day in the dojang consist of for u?"
A lot of work on flexibility. Drills to increase speed, strength and technique (kicking/punching). Forms review with cardio drills in between each form. Than we work new forms and self defense. Sparring is a seperate class all together. That entire class is dedicated to sparring and sparring technique. Than we crawl home. Class is 2 hours, twice a week.
Keep-in-mind, this is my observation based on the one ryu of Karate and the three kwan of Taekwondo that I've trained-in. I'm sure technical differences will be more or less apparent based-on different ryu/kwan.
From what I've noticed, Karateka kick without full-committal to the technique. Not a slam on Karate by any means, but in traditional karate the punch is everything. The theory behind kicking without committing is a defensive measure in case the fighter is jammed, and then can rely on the punch as a backup plan.
Taekwondoists are taught to commit 100%, and crank their hips into their kicks to generate maximum speed and power. They also tend to be more-agile than Karateka; and if jammed tend not to stand their ground, but to side-step their opponent to create space for another kick.
Granted, these are generalizations, and in the end, it's all up to how the individual likes to fight. I've seen a few Karateka who like to kick a lot too, as well as a few Taekwondoists who like to "tear-it-up" on the inside.
Just off the top of my head...
Plus tae kwon do kicks are usually higher as in karate kicks tend to be lower to kick someones legs.
Generally, with Karate, there is a large emphasis on remaining centered. Punches and kicks are kept close to your center of gravity and use comparatively short motions so as not to generate alot of momentum that can be used against you. They are safer moves, but require more muscle to generate the same power.
In Taekwondo, the emphasis is on moving quickly and transfering as much momentum as possible with your kicks. Therefore, kicks move very fast and use long motions that sometimes shift your center of gravity. These kicks generate more power for the same amount of effort, but are higher risk.
Karate is better than Taekwondo...No I mean Taekwondo is better... no I mean I wanna try Kung Fu.....er do they do those flying kicks, no I mean I wanna break boards. Now I remember, I want to make friends and train hard and feel confident and fit.....Oh I see any style will do. Every training hall has the same aims.
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