If you’re going to enter a BJJ tournament, it’s probably a good idea to learn some BJJ first. A taekwondo (TKD) black belt recently learned this lesson the hard way.
In 2014, organizers of the Steel City Grappling Championships in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, advertised that black belts could compete in the tournament for free. Although this offer was clearly intended for BJJ black belts, the organizers of the event failed to specify this in their ad.
So, when a TKD black belt showed up wanting to compete in the black belt division, the organizers of the event felt like they had to allow him to do so. However, since the TKD black belt had no BJJ experience, they first tried to convince him to compete in a lower belt division. When he refused, he had the misfortune of being matched up with Cam Knight, an experienced BJJ black belt. This led to an interesting taekwondo vs. jiu jitsu match.
The tournament’s organizer, Dustin Ware, had this to say about the incident:
“As the event director, I didn’t think ‘traditional martial arts black belts’ would actually show up and want to compete. So, when this individual showed up that day, I tried to discourage him from competing in the division, but we had already promoted that ‘black belts’ could compete for free.”
“Looking at the other competitors in his division, Cameron was going to be his best chance to not get completely destroyed and at the same time see what a real black belt can do!”
“Since this tournament, anytime we’ve allowed ‘black belts’ to compete for free, we have specified that is for BJJ black belts only!”
Luckily, no one was seriously hurt during this unusual taekwondo vs. jiu jitsu matchup. Hopefully, this inspired the TKD black belt to supplement his arsenal of kicks with some BJJ techniques. Check out the video of this taekwondo vs. jiu jitsu match here:
What is Taekwondo?
Taekwondo (TKD) is a traditional Korean martial art that focuses primarily on kicking techniques. Today, TKD has become a global sport with an international reputation, and it is an official Olympic sport.
“Tae” means “foot,” “Kwon” means “fist,” and “Do” means “way” or “discipline.” Thus, a rough translation of this term is “foot fist way.”
TKD is a Korean martial art characterized by punching and kicking techniques. TKD places particular emphasis on kicks, especially head-height kicks, jumping spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques. However, TKD schools also emphasize fight avoidance and only using violence when absolutely necessary.
In 1945, shortly after the end of World War II, a series of martial arts schools called kwans opened in Seoul, South Korea. These schools were established by Korean martial artists who had backgrounds in Chinese and Japanese martial arts. At the time, other traditional Korean martial arts had all but died out. The style of martial arts practiced by these kwans eventually came to be known as taekwondo.