Karate or Taekwondo

                  The question of which martial art is better is one of the most popular searches on the Internet.

The answer to this question may be that it is not the type of martial arts that wins, but the fighter. It is the level of technical training, the ability to concentrate on the fight or the condition of the fighter at a particular moment that will be decisive for the victory over the opponent - доставка цветов Таганрог.

Therefore, comparing, for example, karate and taekwondo, we should talk about the differences in technical actions, rules of fighting in the sport, their limitations and traditions of the schools.

The first and main difference in these sports is their origin. Karate is a Japanese martial art, and taekwondo was born in Korea.

At the same time, taekwondo was born in the first half of the twentieth century, when the Korean peninsula was under occupation by Japanese troops.

Most of the traditional Korean martial arts were banned and developed with the glance of the occupation authorities.

The Korean people's confrontation with the Japanese occupation of their country took place on more than one occasion. There is even a legend that high kicks were used by unarmed Korean peasants to fight against armed Japanese mounted warriors.

Whether it is true or not, but the main difference between traditional Japanese martial arts, as well as their biggest drawback is that tradition and samurai spirit in them did not give the development of technical actions.

Therefore, although the leg technique in taekwondo resembles karate kicks, but has more varieties of kicks and more advanced techniques, which over the years has not stood still, and continued to evolve rapidly.

The end of the twentieth century came at a time of mutual influence of some types of martial arts on others. Mixed martial arts duels began to gain popularity, in which it was no longer possible to determine where certain blows or throws had been borrowed from.

But there is one condition that forces the development of martial arts in one direction or another - it is the limitation of the rules.

A good example is boxing, which emerged from street fights, got the rules, according to which any blows, except blows to the head and body of the fighter were banned.

For many years within the framework of strict rules fighters learned to find vulnerable spots of their opponents, improved their technique and at the moment by the rules of boxing no representative of any other martial arts can defeat a professional boxer if other conditions are equal. But if you put a fighter who knows boxing techniques and can kick well, in a real fight without rules the boxer will be in trouble.

Another example is the difference between judo and Greco-Roman wrestling. In the first kind of wrestling, the dynamic throws and rolls will prevail. Whereas in the second kind of wrestling more emphasis will be placed on physical confrontation and strength when performing throwing elements.

Therefore, when comparing karate and taekwondo kicking techniques, one has to keep in mind that Choi Hong-hee, the founder of taekwondo, studied traditional karate at a Japanese university in his youth and introduced many elements from that university into his martial arts.

At the dawn of Korean martial arts in the West, taekwondo was called "Korean Karate" until it showed that it could develop successfully without such a "cover".

Today, there are several branches of taekwondo and karate. However, taekwondo has two main vectors - traditional taekwondo, in which punches to the head are allowed, and the Olympic version, in which such punches are prohibited. However, the WTF version of taekwondo is very similar in its development to the way boxing evolved. While head strikes are prohibited, the hands in Olympic taekwondo play only an auxiliary role to protect the body and infrequent blows to the opponent. But at the same time they have a very high kicking speed, in comparison with which blows in any kinds of karate will seem too slow.

The styles of karate have more variety, which could not but affect the overall development. The more variety, the more blurred will be the strength of bBut in general, each such school has its "first guy in the village," who will never cross with the other first guys and be the champion in his version.

When choosing between karate or taekwondo, it is worth thinking about the purpose of training. If the ultimate goal is Olympic gold, then the only option is taekwondo according to the WTF version. But we should also remember that getting on the podium of the Olympic sport is a task that appears to be unattainable for the majority of athletes. Since recognition of taekwondo as an Olympic sport in 2000, not a single Russian athlete has managed to reach the top step.