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'Shaolin monk' vs. Muay Thai national champion - Ends in KO

The good ole days of badly dubbed Kung Fu movies are gone. The fantasy of seeing monkey style versus tough guys is a thing of the past... Or is it?
Shaolin monk Yi Long KOs a Muay Thai national champion

'Shaolin monk' vs. Muay Thai national champion - Ends in KO

The good ole days of badly dubbed Kung Fu movies are gone. The fantasies of seeing monkey style versus crane versus tiger claw are a thing of the past. Flying through the air with swords and jumping through roof tops and other magical acts of martial arts don’t seem to pique too many people’s interests since the dawn of mixed martial arts. But the Shaolin “monk” kickboxer Yi Long hopes to bring all of that back. Perhaps him KO'ing a Muay Thai national champ will rekindle the flame.

If you haven’t heard of him, Yi Long has been making waves with his kickboxing matches the last few years. There have been videos of him going around literally taking punches from his opponents straight on without defending them. If that’s not a feat usually attached to Shaolin martial arts, what is it?

Besides the theatrics, Yi Long has actually gone on to demonstrate that he’s a capable kickboxer. In one his fights, he KOs a Muay Thai national champ by the name of Sart Weipeng Jaimoon. Yi Long was relentless in his attack and plowed through Jaimon like a tank. Rarely throwing kicks, Yi Long would throw a barrage of punches in waves. Eventually, enough punches connect to down his Thai opponent.

Shaolin monk Yi Long KOs a Muay Thai fighter

As impressive as this win is, Yi Long has been under fire as to whether he is a real “Shaolin monk.” Thorough research by fight fans online has not been able to pinpoint what his exact background is.

But what has been found is that Yi Long has possibly trained at the Shaolin temple for an undefined amount of time. It’s also been said that Yi Long has most likely trained in Sanda or Sanshou which is a Chinese form of kickboxing. Regardless, Yi Long has been able to bring the spotlight to Chinese martial arts and kickboxing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp2-JCmKYEU

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