David vs. Goliath Karate fight with awesome finish

Monday, May 29, 2017

This old-school karate tournament footage showcases not only a classic ‘David vs. Goliath’ style match-up, but also a spectacular finish to go with it.

The fight took place at gym hall in London all the way back in 1985 with an enthusiastic crowd cheering on the competitors from the sidelines.

The height difference between the two is dramatic, with the karateka in the white gi, known as ‘Tommy’ appearing to be well over a foot shorter than his lanky opponent in the blue gi.

As such it’s hard not to conjure up images of Bruce Lee’s iconic Hollywood fight scene with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the movie ‘Game Of Death’ while watching the two combatants compete.

As the fight begins, ‘Goliath’ immediately attempts a jumping front kick to the body, but doesn’t find the target as Tommy backs off and then tries to counter with a jumping kick of his own.

There’s a lengthy standoff as they both wait for the perfect moment to strike, with Tommy constantly bouncing on the balls of his feet, while ‘Goliath’ towers over him in a more rigid stance.

The fight only sporadically crackles to life in the first two minutes, with Tommy getting the better of a couple of brief exchanges.

Then, out of the blue, Tommy suddenly unleashes a hook kick that lands cleanly to the face of the giant, just as he’s attempting a side kick that whistles over the smaller man’s head.

The impact from the blow rocks ‘Goliath’, leaving him clutching his face in pain as he turns his back on his opponent and then soon after sinks to his knees, defeated.

He’s given a cloth to stem the flow of blood from his nose as the crowd hails the hero of the hour, Tommy for his spectacular finish, proving that superior speed, timing, and technique can overcome even an extreme size disadvantage.

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