What we call Tae Kwon Do in America is a watered down version of what is real. The practitioners of Tae Kwon Do in this video are clearly at a high level in what they do. As an outsider looking in, I would consider them a black belt in their style. Now can they really fight? Can they really defend themselves in combat? That remains a mystery, as the techniques demonstrated are more acrobatic and designed for entertainment purposes rather than simple, direct, & efficient for combat. But regardless of whether or not they are truly capable of defending themselves in situations of great danger, fact of the matter is they are very talented & skilled in what they do.
Their level of expression takes many years of hard work & dedication, they have great Kung Fu. The demonstrations in this video I would categorize as part of Mystical Kung Fu. But are they really Martial Artists? I would consider them more of entertainers, performers, gymnasts, & practitioners of acrobats more than Martial Artists. Acrobats, Martial Arts, & Gymnastics are all different; the expression in this video is closer to acrobats & gymnastics rather than Martial Arts. Take away the uniforms, belts, & boards & you will see a bunch of talented gymnasts performing stunts.
Real combat is not too flashy & not as entertaining. TKD puts real combat in the backburner & focuses more on flashy techniques for entertainment. Many speak negative about TKD because of McDojo’s & of the over commercialization & watered down candy cane belt system, but overall, TKD is much safer for society than Sport Fighting. A TKD Artist is more of a performer than a Fighter. Real Martial Arts is the ultimate way for society, but if there is no real Martial Arts & people have to either train in TKD or Boxing, TKD is safer for societies development. It is less egoistic & less competitive than Boxing.