Sunday, August 24, 2008
His bad ...
Two things spring to my mind after watching the Cuban TKD fighter shoot one into the head of an official after he was disqualified at the Beijing Olympics:
- Firstly: Outrage! This is the ver antithesis of what the spirit of martial arts (let alone the Olympics) is all about. What a coward!
- Secondly - and although this may be a controversial observation, it is stil an interesting point worthy of consideration. Now although we all understand that TKD is a sport (and a great one), it's effectiveness as a means of self defence, particularly when compared to boxing, kickboxing or MMA, is questionable. At Olympic level, with a free shot on a totally unsuspecting referee (shameful) - the referee was hardly fazed. The kick had no follow-through (thankfully) and if that had have been a street-fight, the kicker would have achieved not much more with his 'king kick' than he would have with a pathetic jab.
We are all products of our training. if we pull the kicks in training, then we will pull them when we are put to the test in moments of pressure.
In watching the footage of the terrible incident, you can see the crazy cuban also throw a body shot at another official - which also fails to produce an effect. Meakes you think ...
In any event, I am sure my observations will not be appreciated by many - as the focus should remain on the UNSPORTSMANLIKE behaviour' - but I like to make all kinds of observations, not just the popular and obvious one.
I'll finish up with in the famous catchcry of Aussie reporter Derren Hinch - SAME MATOS! SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!