Taekwondo vs Muay Thai in one-sided beat down

Friday, November 25, 2016

Both taekwondo and muay thai are great martial arts and offer many benefits to those who practice them. When you compare the two in terms of effective fighting styles though, muay is superior the vast majority of times and this video is an excellent example of such.

This style vs style matchup features muay thai practitioner Tomi Makkonen taking on a taekwondo practitioner at Finnish Master Cup martial arts tournament from back in 1995.


You can see immediately that the taekwondo fighter has a real problem defending against the brutal leg kicks of his opponent. Leg kicks are generally not emphasized in taekwondo training or competition and it is clear he does not know how to check them.

The Thai fighter punishes the taekwondo guy’s leg throughout the contest, often chopping his legs clear out from under him sending him hurling to the ground.

The taekwondo fighter continues to fight though showing some heart despite being severely overmatched in this contest. Not only are the leg kicks scoring points, they are also limiting the TKD fighter’s movement as well as his own kicking ability.

After landing a plethora of heavy leg kicks, the thai fighter Makkonen finally goes high delivering a head kick which drops the TKD fighter and the match is finally called.

Muay Thai is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This physical and mental discipline which includes combat on shins is known as “the art of eight limbs” because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins, being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fighter very efficient. Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the twentieth century, when practitioners defeated notable practitioners of other martial arts. The professional league is governed by The Professional Boxing Association of Thailand (P.A.T) sanctioned by The Sport Authority of Thailand (S.A.T.), and World Muay Thai Federation (WMF) overseas. [Source: Wiki]

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