As an addon, in the Singapore context, it is STF (Sport TKD) and STA (Self defence TKD). In World context, it is WTF (Sport TKD) and ITF (Self defence TKD)peasants wrote: ↑Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:03 pmHi Serendipity,
My kids attend both STF and STA, not endorsing cos they benefit from both disciplines.
For STF during my time in 2010s, they are more into sports, which are those you see in Olympic Games, SEA Games, Asean Games etc. Not sure about STF now as they change syllabus a lot. They focus more on kicks though. This should remain unchange.
STA is more into self defense and practical applications. They will practice breakfalls, self defense tactics. Both punches and kicks spread evenly.
Both STF and STA have non contact sparrings and patterns to master.
Google difference between STF and STA for more details. Below is a related link from ST, interesting read.
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/ ... rtial-arts
It depends on what you plan to achieve with TKD. If you just want yourself or kids to learn it as a sport, guess WTF is the way. If you plan to use it for self defense, ITF is the way.