Taekwondo vs. Kempo in street challenge match – guess who wins?

Friday, August 18, 2017

In this video, we see a challenge match on the street between a practitioner of Taekwondo against a Kempo practitioner and it is a pretty evenly matched affair.

Taekwondo is a very popular Korean kicking-based martial art that is now practiced all over the world. Kempo, on the other hand, is rarer and is almost a blend between Chinese and Japanese martial arts (Kung fu and Karate).

The Kempo practitioner is the guy in the red shirt and the Taekwondo guy is the one with the hat. There are some special rules in the place for this bout too. This isn’t a standard street fight.

There are no punches to the head allowed but kicks to the head are fair game. Ground fighting is not allowed but takedowns are permitted so the rules in the one are almost similar to the rules of Sanshou (Chinese kickboxing which allows takedowns/throws).

What’s cool about this challenge match is that both guys are clearly adept martial artists and very similar in skill and ability. Because of that fact, both guys are able to defend themselves well and keep themselves out of trouble.

Another cool thing about this fight is the respect shown by both competitors which is one of the main benefits of traditional martial arts like TKD and Kempo.

So who do you think wins? Watch the video below and find out.

ABOUT TAEKWONDO:
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art, characterized by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques.

Taekwondo was developed during the 1940s and 1950s by various martial artists by incorporating elements of karate and Han Chinese Kung-Fu with traditional Korean martial arts traditions such as Taekkyeon, Subak, Gwonbeop as well as ancient Han Chinese influenced Korean Kung-Fu styles such as Tang Soo Do (aka. “The Way of the Chinese Tang Dynasty Emperor’s Fist”. The oldest governing body for taekwondo is the Korea Taekwondo Association (KTA), formed in 1959 through a collaborative effort by representatives from the nine original kwans, or martial arts schools, in Korea. [Source: Wiki]

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