The transcript below is from the video “KungFu Monk vs Taekwondo Master | Don’t Mess With Kung Fu Monk” by BRUTAL TV.

BRUTAL TV:

“Kung Fu vs Taekwondo? Which is better and who would win?

Kung fu and taekwondo both have their merits as martial arts and would prove useful in a fight, especially against an untrained opponent. However, when pitted against each other, which would come out on top? Who would win?”

BRUTAL TV:

“Kung fu or Wushu was developed in China, but the term itself covers a broad range of fighting styles and other activities. It is loosely translated as a discipline or skill cultivated by long and hard work. And is a practice that can be traced back as far as the 5th century B.C., when the spring and autumn annals documented hand-to-hand combat using hard and soft techniques. As Jackie Chan once famously said, ‘Kung fu lives in everything we do. It lives in how we put on a jacket and how we take off a jacket. It lives in how we treat people. Everything is kung fu.’”

BRUTAL TV:

“Hundreds of fighting styles fall under the umbrella of kung fu, including wing chun, thai chi, and Shaolin kung fu, which was actually brought to China by an Indian monk. But has been developed by the Shaolin and monasteries since the 5th century A.D. Students of Wushu practice it as a means of exercise, self-defence and self-discipline. It is not to be used aggressively and in fact, contained within the Chinese character ‘wu’ is the word for ‘stop’. Alluding to the fact that kung fu is used to stop others from attacking.”

BRUTAL TV:

“Taekwondo is also regarded as a defensive martial art and it was developed in Korea, mainly after the Second World War as a form of military training. Its intended purpose was to defend oneself and incapacitate the enemy whilst unarmed. While it’s still relatively young as an art, taekwondo is heavily inspired by fighting forms and techniques used in Korean kingdoms as far back as the 1st Century B.C. Murals and sculptures from ancient sites show soldiers practicing techniques very similar to modern day taekwondo.”

BRUTAL TV:

“Taekwondo loosely translates to ‘the way of the foot and the fist’ or ‘the way of kicking and punching’. Two main styles of the martial art are recognized. The ITF style which exists with a view towards real-world self-defence, teaching a complete fighting philosophy, covering multiple ranges of attacks, such as kicking, punching and grappling. Then there’s the WT formerly WTF style, which is the more iconic form of taekwondo and the type which has since become an Olympic event. This style focuses more heavily on ranged kicks and flashy techniques, aimed at scoring points in a competitive setting.”

BRUTAL TV:

“While both martial arts are mainly concerned with practicing hand-to-hand unarmed combat, some kung fu schools do teach weapons training. Students can become proficient in the use of weapons such as broadswords, long swords, spears, staffs, whip chains, hooks and various others. Weapons training is less common in taekwondo but does happen on rare occasions. Schools in the U.S. for example, have been known to compete in ATA certified tournaments with weapons such as staffs, nunchucks, kamas and different swords.”

BRUTAL TV:

“Weapons aside, both kung fu and taekwondo are highly respected and each are capable of taking down the other. However, in terms of practicality, kung fu comes out on top. Most forms of taekwondo rely heavily on ranged techniques and space is needed to jump, spin and land kicks. On the other hand, a lot of kung fu styles have simpler yet more accurate and easier to land moves. There is a greater margin for error with kung fu, since it’s much easier to recover and return to your fighting stance, as opposed to missing a high kick and being off balance and vulnerable to a counter. Most fights tend to involve some amount of grappling, and while a taekwondo fighter could no doubt handle themselves in this regard, they would not be as well trained as those who have studied various forms of kung fu.”

BRUTAL TV:

“Some kung fu styles focus on speed, while others focus on power or using their opponent’s power against them. For instance, Shaolin kung fu has powerful punches and kicks. Praying mantis uses speed and trickery, whereas wing chun manipulates and reacts to an opponent’s moves. Taekwondo is more concerned with power, speed and precision. Most combinations end with either a jumping kick, sidekick, spinning kick, front kick or a roundhouse kick. A taekwondo fighter’s footwork has to be great and they will employ punches from time to time, if only to create separation to line up a kick. But the heavy focus on legwork, makes them much more predictable.”

BRUTAL TV:

“Simply put, many forms of kung fu are more adaptable to different situations and would therefore, be more effective in a fight compared to taekwondo. That’s not to say that it would be a one-way fight, since a taekwondo fighter may have the edge, given the right conditions and could strike a devastating blow at any moment. It does also depend on the type of kung fu and taekwondo facing off against each other. For example, an ITF trained taekwondo grand master would have a significant advantage over someone who practices tai chi. However, seven times out of ten the advantage is likely to fall in the favour of the one who masters kung fu.”

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