I took it when I was about 9 and when I was about 11, I think. About 2 years ago I started training in Muay Thai and would have to say I prefer Muay Thai over anything I've tried and I've been able to use it in the streets on a few occasions. Most effective part is the thai clinch and knees in general. When I took Taekwondo it seemed to be for sport. I didn't see them emphasize too much on the whole 'self defense' aspect of martial arts and the things they were teaching (to all belts) didn't look like they'd be too useful. Reason I'm asking is because I got kicked out of our local Kung Fu academy about 2 years ago because I started getting in trouble but now I'm really interested in starting martial arts back up but I want something that'll help me build my confidence back up and actually be useful on the streets as well. In my opinion it's much harder to land a successful kick in an all-out brawl considering the fact that most people tend to rush and when you factor in adrenaline, sometimes that'll prevent your kicks (imo) In your TKD experiences, have you ever used any techniques on the street and if so, how well did it work? Thanks in advance!