So...while you were training for Tae Kwon Do were you engaging in it because you loved it or because it was 'the only way out'?
Those that reach the pinaccle of ANY contact sport do it not because they are trying to get out of the ghetto (way to revive some 60's boxing stereotype). People compete in the octagon for free...for t-shirts...for gift coupons...for pride. The military has incorporated it in its soldier training. Those that are making a living at it count themselves lucky...they arent some Richard Gere, running drills in the rain, snot dripping down their face screamin to their DI "I got nowhere else to go!"