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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:32 pm    Post subject: WTF to re-brand as WF Taekwondo Reply with quote

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/others/world-taekwondo-federation-to-change-name-because-of-wtf-acronym-a6787221.html

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Hoss Rafaty, the WTF secretary general, has revealed to insidethegames.biz that the governing body is looking to market itself as World Taekwondo [WF] for all business and commercial purposes. However, there are currently no plans to officially change the governing body’s full name.


Seems like this has been a long time coming.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good news!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah...why not?! Rebranding the brand brings new life into a brand!!



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Makes sense, probably a good move on their part. Now, I wish they'd rebrand the sparring a little...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are playing to the electronic scoring equipment, and the equipment is there because the tv companies requested it, and the tv companies are only interested because it's in the Olympics...

I heard the Olympic people were seriously considering ditching taekwondo for karate, is that true?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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They are playing to the electronic scoring equipment, and the equipment is there because the tv companies requested it, and the tv companies are only interested because it's in the Olympics...

I heard the Olympic people were seriously considering ditching taekwondo for karate, is that true?

I don't know about ditching it in favour of Karate but Karate has made a couple of (failed) bids to have it included in the Olympics.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Taekwondo in its Olympic form is quite entertaining to watch and it would be better to keep it there instead of attempting to replace it with karate or another similar type of competitive sport. It also makes more sense to keep TKD because it has much more popularity than karate and it is more unified and standardized compared to sport karate.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think TKD could make a better showing in the Olympics if they dropped the chest protectors. Then, strategies would change somewhat, and the matches would be much more interesting. If TKD did that, then I don't think they would have to worry about the idea of being replaced or removed.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bushido_man96 wrote:
I think TKD could make a better showing in the Olympics if they dropped the chest protectors. Then, strategies would change somewhat, and the matches would be much more interesting. If TKD did that, then I don't think they would have to worry about the idea of being replaced or removed.

Ooohhhh, I don't think insurance companies would like that at all.



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sensei8 wrote:
bushido_man96 wrote:
I think TKD could make a better showing in the Olympics if they dropped the chest protectors. Then, strategies would change somewhat, and the matches would be much more interesting. If TKD did that, then I don't think they would have to worry about the idea of being replaced or removed.

Ooohhhh, I don't think insurance companies would like that at all.




In the 90's, there was an Olympic style TKD pro league on ESPN without hogus, headgear or gloves. You can find them on Youtube. The best fight of the fights was a 120 lb fight between Hyon LEE vs. Danny KIM. I encourage all to look it up.
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