Friday, April 07, 2017

If you weren’t already aware, this video should serve as a timely reminder that under no circumstances do you ever want to be kicked by Muay Thai legend Buakaw Banchamek.

Almost certainly the most famous Muay Thai fighter of all time, the 34-year-old Buakaw began fighting at the tender age of 8 and by the age of 15 when he moved to Bangkok he had already had vast amount of experience competing in the ring.

In Bangkok, Buakaw would begin to rise to prominence by wining a number of titles like The Omnoi Stadium featherweight and lightweight titles, the featherweight title of Thailand and the Toyota Marathon 140lb title at the Lumpinee Stadium.

However, it was when Buakaw then moved on to fighting for the famous K-1 promotion that his career really skyrocketed and he became an international star famed for his fearsome striking.

Buakaw made an immediate impact in Japan, becoming the K-1 Max World champion in 2004 after defeating John-Wayne Parr, Takayuki Kohiruimaki and Masato in a one-night tournament.

He then made it to the final again in 2005, where he’d lose to Andy Souwer, but he gained his revenge a year later when he defeated Souwer in the final fight of the night to claim his second K-1 Max World title.

Buakaw has continued to be a major force in the years since and has amassed a staggering 229-23-12 record over the course of his long career.

Even now the training regime of this fearsome fighter remains as grueling as ever, consisting of a 6-10 mile run at 5.30am, followed by 15 rounds that include everything from bag and pad work, strength and conditioning, clinch work and sparring.

In the mid-afternoon he’s back out for another run, then he returns for another 15 rounds in the gym, before finally he calls it a day at around 7 or 8pm.

Having devoted 26 years of his life to fighting, Buakaw’s flawless technique, staggering power and shins of steel make short work of the stout banana tree in this video – a feat that would leave the rest of us mere mortals with nothing to show for it but shattered limbs and tears of pain and regret!

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