Tae kwon-do vs Kickboxing Video

This is definitely one of the more entertaining fight that I’ve come across on youtube. True showmanship… I felt that both fighters went out not to simply win, but to win in style and to put on a great show. However, the TKD guy is showing a classic example of over using the spinning/reverse turning-kick. Enjoy!


4 thoughts on “Tae kwon-do vs Kickboxing Video

  1. Riz

    Hi mate, thanks for passing by my blog! I’ve answered on my blog as well but just in case you didn’t check the box to receive comment follow-ups:

    You’re exactly right – the selection of the participants was ridiculous…they used an Olympic TKD champion (who looked like he double a pro-wrestler!) and compared his results to some karate guy they picked out of the hood! lol

    Well-I’ve grown up learning Karate and only been doing BJJ for about 6 months now so I still feel more at ease with karate (provided it’s proper training!). I do enjoy BJJ a lot but it gets frustrating once in a while since most karate grappling techniques are illegal in BJJ training.

    To be honest, I find BJJ training very unorganised compared to karate! But I like that there’s rolling (sparring) every BJJ session. I don’t find my karate training to be particularly rigid but I have been to some classes/seminars where the learning felt far too structured and much too disciplined – mind you, I think I rigid structure is probably the most beneficial for beginning-intermediate students. What are your thoughts?

    How do you find kickboxing compared to TKD? I did ITF TKD for about 5 months in uni but I left after the instructor started giving me some dodgy fight advice! I used to do muay thai/kickboxing when I was 18/19 in France and I found it lots of fun and very effective training.

  2. JC

    Hi, thanks for your response. In the organization i currently train kickboxing with (PUMA) I don’t feel we do enough sparring. It would be great if we got the chance to do it every session like you. I think the best way to learn is by actually doing it and getting hit makes you learn faster.

    I know what you mean about the illegal techniques between different martial arts (and when competing – following different rules etc). When you have been doing something for so long, it just becomes second nature. Do you compete?

    I’m surprised to hear you do grappling in Karate, I never thought that ground work was a part of it.

    I agree with the importance of structure, espeicially for beginners and that as you move up the grades, it becomes less helpful as you develop your own combinations and style of training that suit your own specific needs.

    Although a lot of the moves in TKD and kickboxing are similar – the emphasis on good technique is much stronger in TKD. There is less pressure to know the background of each move and exactly how it should be performed in kickboxing (which i would call a sport rather than a martial art). It is refreshing in a way since I am quite confident in my technique. I find the fitness side of kickboxing more intense than TKD and like the fact that it’s basically concentrated on the sparring side of TKD.

    I’m glad to hear you gave ITF TKD a go. Out of interest, what was your instructors advice? There is a lot of differing advice out there dependent on the style of fighting, but I believe you should be able to adapt your style depending on your opponent.

  3. Riz

    I used to compete a bit when I was younger and also at uni but I rarely do so now. I prefer to just have friendly sparring matches or go to some local throw downs.

    Karate actually has a very wide range of grappling techniques though the vast majority are conducted from a standing position in the form of sweeps, throws, joint locks (including leg locks, particularly heel hooks) and chokes. It does have a ground fighting element as well but it’s a pretty basic one (with the main intention of getting back to your feet). I’m actually writing a post about it now – hopefully, it’ll be ready for this Thursday.

    If I remember right, the ITF instructor was trying to convince me that the way I did a jumping helicopter kick was wrong (he wanted me to chamber the kick until the end of the spin and then flick it out, whereas I sort of used the extended leg to build extra momentum to the kick, because: “…Granted your way has more power, BUT – if you were in a REALLY narrow alley and you had someone seriously attacking you, you wouldn’t be able to do it like that.”

    I don’t really remember what I found worse – his explanation of why I should flick my kicks in order to decrease the power? Or that he seriously thought that someone would consider using any sort of jumping spinning head kick in a narrow alley under self defence circumstances! lol


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