Kickboxing vs Taekwondo bout ends in vicious KO

Sunday, January 08, 2017

While the martial arts move more and more toward cross training and integrating with each other, there is something still very fun and appealing about watching a pure style versus style fight, echoing the early days of the UFC where it was BJJ vs Kung Fu vs Sumo vs Karate vs Sambo etc and you could clearly see how different techniques match up in fight outside their respective dojo’s.

In this K1 rules bout from the 1996, Japanese International Taekwondo Federation champion Ismasu Hayami takes on future  K1 World Max champion Takayuki Kohiruimaki in this striking showdown.

Once the bell rings Ismasu predicable displays very textbook TKD kicking techniques, from hook hooks to spinning back kicks doing his best to keep the fight at kicking range.

After being on the receiving end of the volley or strikes, Takayuki eventually gets Ismasu’s timing down and cracks him with a powerful right hand eliciting a count. From here Takayuki brings the fight into punching range and pressures the TKD stylist who’s now lost his strongest weapons when being forced to fight on the inside.


After a wild slugfest on the inside, Takayuki seals with the deal with a vicious left hand.

Check out the bout below

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art, characterized by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques. Since 2000, Taekwondo has been one of only two Asian martial arts (the other being judo) that are included in the Olympic Games. It became a demonstration event at the 1988 games in Seoul, and became an official medal event at the 2000 games in Sydney. In 2010, Taekwondo was accepted as a Commonwealth Games sport. [source: wiki] 

Boxing is a combat sport in which two people wearing protective gloves throw punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring. Amateur boxing is both an Olympic and Commonwealth Games sport and is a common fixture in most international games. [source: wiki] 

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