Hello. You may refer to me as NBSF, since the full name is very long and time consuming to write. I am joining this site to have meaningful discussions, this is a throwback to my name, as I do have opinions that are inflammatory in the martial arts community. Therefore I hope people will meet me with sincere arguments, instead of bullshit. But before I spill out my opinions I want you, as a reader, to know where I am coming from. Where I stand. I have 8 years of martial art practice, in addition to taekwondo I have learned and mastered some level of boxing and wrestling through various disciplines. I am very oriented towards the shifts within the martial arts community, heart of a whole, and I consider MMA and realistic self-defence as the peak of development of any martial art. To be quite frank with you, I consider various styles to be utter garbage. Not because the style is wrong, but because the teatchers don't want to make good fighters. They want to make dancers and eastern culture lovers. There is nothing wrong with being either, but I find it disrespectful if a person is paying to become a fighter. Taekwondo is the perfect example of this. It has all the nuts and bolts to compete in a K-1 tournament. Mix it up with some wrestling and it has a fair chance in the UFC, However, the art is in a standstill zone, as to often tradition will not allow it to become more effective. Thus it is rarely seen outside its own tournaments, compared to other styles. My goal for the future is to create a style of taekwondo that allows a fuller expression. That primarly is aimed towards realistic self-defence, K-1 and MMA. While keeping the patterns of both ITF and WTF. So that fighters of this discipline can enter almost any fighting tournament with relevant experience. It also needs a vast pressure on issues concerning self-defence and legal issues relevant for this topic. As the student is to be empowered, rather than learning flashy demonstration tech that doesn't work in real life. Currently I am researching BJJ and Krav Maga. However, I have bad prolapse in my lower back region and I am awaiting surgery. I am not allowed to compete in tournaments or practise BJJ or any strainious activity that might hurt my back.