Is Functional Taekwondo Basically Kickboxing?
Taylor here, with a new blog post today. I wanted to quickly talk about the differences and similarities between Taekwondo and kickboxing.
Often times, our style has been compared to Muay Thai, however it is NOT Muay Thai.
Muay Thai originated in Thailand thousands of years ago, and while we structure our classes similar to that style, our style is much more recent.
In fact, our style is as recent as….well, 2013!
Here’s a quick story:
When I was growing up, I did traditional and olympic style Taekwondo for over 15 years. When I turned 19, I decided to pick up boxing, muay thai, wrestling, and mixed martial arts.
While I had lots of skills sparring for traditional taekwondo, I found that 95% of what I had learned was not very effective against more combative based martial arts.
This came as a shock to me, because at the time I was a 4th degree blackbelt in Taekwondo, and I thought the transition would be easier.
However, after much practice in boxing and muay thai, I found that Taekwondo could be useful if you change up the training methods suitable for combat sports.
The stance, the footwork, and even the ways we execute technique has had to be modified to suit the needs of full contact fighting.
Long story short, what Functional Taekwondo is, is a hybrid style that combines boxing, taekwondo, and muay thai into a kickboxing style that covers alot of ranges of fighting.
If you’re interested in learning a unique style that will show you how to utilize the signature taekwondo kicks under the context of MMA, then check out our class schedules by clicking any of our programs on our website.
Have an awesome week!
- Taylor Kelley
- Owner/Head Instructor Functional Taekwondo DFW Grand Prairie Texas