7th degree Taekwondo blackbelt vs. Muay Thai champion

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

While Taekwondo and Muay Thai are both considered striking arts, they are completely different styles with their own share of strengths and weaknesses.

In the video below from striking analyst Lawrence Kenshin, we see what happens when a 7th degree Taekwondo blackbelt fights a Muay Thai champion and the clash of styles is very interesting.

The Taekwondo blackbelt’s name is Dale Cook who had an amazing kickboxing record of 80-2 going into this fight. What makes Dale a little unique though is that he is also a professional boxer with a record of 19-2. Most taekwondo practitioners really struggle with boxing in mixed rules fights so his boxing background makes things a little different here against the Thai champion, Changpuek Kiatsongrit.

Changpuek Kiatsongrit is a Muay Thai legend who was famous for being one of the first Thai fighters to fight practitioners of other styles like we see in this video. Changpuek even has multiple wins over Rob Kaman and anybody who can say that is about as legitimate as it gets.

The taekwondo blackbelt does pretty good initially, landing some good punches thanks to his extensive boxing background. The Thai legend is able to weather the early storm though and once he’s figured out his rhythm and timing he starts to land some hard shots of his own.

Changpuek drops his opponent multiple times and goes in for the kill, eventually finishing him off with a series of powerful punches.

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