Karate practitioner vs. MMA fighter – ends in seconds

Monday, February 26, 2018

In this video from Arrows Street Fight, also known as STRELKA, we see what happens when a karate practitioner competes in an amateur MMA bout and it doesn’t last very long at all.

As far as traditional martial arts go, karate is one of the more effective styles I’d reckon, especially more ‘hard’ styles like Kyokushin which emphasizes sparring and competition. However, styles and practitioners can vary quite wildly in karate and you can have guys like Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson and Lyoto Machida, and then have guys like the gentleman we see here in this video.

You can tell right away that the karate guy in the below video isn’t used to actually fighting as he gets dropped right away and quickly dispatched of as soon as it hits the ground.

Karate practitioner vs MMA fighter - ends in seconds
Karate practitioner vs MMA fighter – ends in seconds

As previously mentioned, while karate can sometimes be effective, there are still quite a few holes in it as a style. Where karate really starts to become effective, though, is when you have a well-rounded arsenal that includes grappling as well as solid fundamentals in other striking arts like boxing and Muay Thai.

So can karate still be an effective martial art? It certainly can be in the right hands with the right kind of training but most of the time it looks like what we see here in this video below, unfortunately. Check it out and see for yourself.

The project “Arrows Street fights“ started in the summer of 2011 in St. Petersburg. Anyone has the opportunity to take part in street battles without rules. For battles allowed only amateurs and semi-professionals. After a thorough analysis of the data and capabilities of the fighters, the jury forms approximately equal in strength pairs. In the battles involved men of different ages and social groups, which gives the project a truly popular and democratic character. [Source: YouTube]

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