Originally Posted by Brian SD
Have you seen Serkan Yilmaz fight? The man is an animal, and he has done incredibly well in K-1.
no, he has not done incredibly well in k-1 max (some of it due to poor judging). he's a great athlete, has great hands and has definitely cross-trained in other styles (i've seen footage of him in a san shou tourney). if he can pick up bjj and wrestling like he picked up boxing, he will do pretty well in mma. to say that he is an example of the effectiveness of TKD is missing the point. he is a good fighter because he was smart enough to learn stuff that he never learned in TKD. punching for example.
even kyokushin does pretty poorly in k-1. however, after a kyokushin fighter trains a lot with k-1/muay thai rules, they do a lot better. case in point, andy hug, francisco filho, glaube feitosa. all of them had trouble adjusting, but ended up doing pretty well eventually.
i'm not blindly knocking tkd, i'm an ITF black belt with successful tournament experience. i stopped doing TKD 10 years ago to learn more important skills. am i glad i spent all that time training TKD? sure. but do i wish i spent that time training muay thai, bjj or wrestling instead? of course!