Cool. By the way what is "Tai Kwon Do?" I think you meant Tae Kwon Do.
Sounds like a mixture of Tai Chi, and Tae Kwon Do.
Perhaps Billy Blank's "Tae Bo." Tae Kwon Do is actually very similar to it's brother "Tang Soo Do" in it's purest form, as they both specialize in high aerial kicking, soft/hard, linear/circular blocking/striking, and share the same types of Hyungs. (Forms/katas) Tang Soo Do is the predecessor to Tae Kwon Do. The early Tae Kwon Do was Moo Duk Kwan (Hwang Kee's style) Both are also Korean.
Depending on the schools, they can be very similar, or completely different. As far as being "still a student" goes, it is actually our philosophy that one does not truly become a student until he has reached the rank of 1st Dan. (Black Belt) Only then is the now "student's" path just beginning. Many assume that becoming a black belt is the end, when in fact it is only the beginning.
A white belt turns black through perseverance, hard work, and training... A black belt turns white through wisdom, maturity, and experience. To know everything, is to again know nothing...But I will stop there for now with all the confusing Zen philosophy, as there is enough of that to fill a whole other discussion. One of the first celebrities to bring Tang Soo Do to the limelight is no other than Chuck Norris, a childhood idol of mine along with Bruce Lee.
For them to face off in a movie (Return of the dragon) was a dream come true for me as a kid, and in fact was only Norris' second appearance in a movie I believe. (Wrecking Crew 1968) 'Return of the dragon' debuted in 1972. In addition to being one of the most popular stars in the world today, Chuck Norris is also one of the greatest karate champions in the history of the sport. His legendary on screen fight with Bruce Lee helped make the movie a winner at the box office. That would also be the last time Chuck Norris would ever lose a fight on the silver screen.
He has a 10th degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, and also an 8th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do...that is, the Korean (or traditional) styles of each. Personally I have found Taijutsu (combat aspect of ninjutsu) to be the most realistic overall as far as physical combat goes, and prepares the student both mind and body for any type of real life confrontation.
I have created a style of my own which is in fact a mixture of a few martial arts that I have become the most experienced in, and threw out all techniques that did not work in today's society, as well as refining those that still are applicable in a realistic combat environment.
Granted that being a black belt does not always mean one can realistically defend oneself. I have seen black belts who were so out of shape physically that they could barely move, let alone survive an real life encounter. Our martial arts philosophy is that we fight how we train, and train how we fight. Most typical martial arts today focus more so on sport, as opposed to street effective, no rules, and no holds barred combat.
I have found the style of Ninjutsu, which utilizes natural, relaxed, and flowing body movement, to be the most productive in a high stress, high adrenaline situation. However I have found something useful in all the arts I have studied over the past 20 years, and continue to adapt, and revise them to fit todays society, instead of simply grounding my students, and myself in only tradition.
The body will react out of habit based on a rehearsal process, almost in the same way we are able to perform a smooth magic show because we rehearsed adequately. In the absence of training, or in snapping back with impractical techniques under pressure, the body will react out of 'panic driven guesswork.' In other words, your responses may fail you.
Obviously, it would be impossible to imagine and prepare for every possible scenario.
However, you can be assured that human tendencies remain consistent and there are, if you study them out, common attack patterns used by aggressors. Real combat is continuous and ongoing, not static. I always find it humorous also when those who claim to have obtained a black belt in some form of martial arts, have now "forgotten" all their studies.
Anyone who has obtained such a degree from any REAL school that teaches the traditional aspects of the martial arts, would never forget what they have experienced. The curriculum would not allow you to forget. It would be engraved into your very soul forever. Another equally, and if not more hilarious statement I hear from those who claim to have a black belt in some form of martial art, is that they forgot what the style was called.
They spent 15 years obtaining a black belt in a style, yet for some odd reason the name of the style now escapes them. Why? Because they are full of you know what, and trying to cover up for their lack of being able to provide any proof, and trying to seem cool at the same time. But blatantly lying is never cool, and you have to be careful who you try and lie to. I love nothing more than exposing, and debunking these frauds publicly.
Also it is not about what style one chooses to pursue, but more so what kind of quality instruction is one receiving? How fit is the student overall, mentally and physically? How hard is the student willing to work? Every style has something to offer, and no one style is exactly the best. That is why I have blended all the best techniques, and philosophies from all the styles I have become proficient, and most experienced in over the years- to formulate a style that has been tried and tested, and can be dependable in a life or death situation.
Just like in magic, you take what works and use it, and utilize what you do best, thus capitalizing on your own particular strengths, and work to eliminate weaknesses. This is the short answer of it all. It is a constant, and ongoing process, and one never truly stops being a student, as if they did, they would not continue to learn, grow, and be open minded to further knowledge and experiences. They would simply stagnate their own growth from that point on, hence "having a full glass" that can hold no more water...