Karate vs. Muay Thai challenge fight ends in surprising fashion

Friday, November 03, 2017

Karate and Muay Thai are both striking-based martial arts but they seem to vary quite wildly in terms of effectiveness. While some karate techniques can certainly be effective, Muay Thai is the much more complete and effective striking style.

However, in this video of a challenge match between a karateka (karate practitioner) and a Muay Thai fighter, we see another layer to karate as a style that is seldom seen.

There are, of course, many different styles of karate such as Shotokan, Goju-Ryu, Wado-Ryu and many others but Kyokushin karate, which is a relatively new style, is probably the most effective of all. Kyokushin karate is known for its hard sparring and competition practices which in turn translates well to self-defense applications as well as to MMA and kickboxing in certain cases.

It is unclear exactly what the karateka’s style of karate is in this video but if I had to guess, it’s probably Kyokushin given the nature of this video.

Karate vs. Muay Thai challenge fight ends in surprising fashion
Karate vs. Muay Thai challenge fight ends in surprising fashion

What many people do not know, however, is that many styles and schools of karate also practice some grappling techniques. This, of course, varies from school to school and while striking is definitely still the focus, having some grappling techniques up your sleeve is always good to have.

Now, with all that being said, either of these guys’ grappling ability wouldn’t hold a candle to even a novice BJJ practitioner, but the karate guy looks to be at least a little more well-versed on the ground compared to the Muay Thai guy.

It is unclear what exactly the rules are in this one, most likely limited grappling of some sort, but what looks to end the contest is actually an armbar from the karate guy, which you wouldn’t necessarily expect.

His opponent is unable to escape from it on his own, awarding the karate practitioner the victory.

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