Last saturday was the World Final One. The russian Andrey Krylov won the torunament again. He fought against Stefanos Pantazis (Greece), Zelg Galesic (Croatia) and Raymond Daniels (USA).
I only found this video. Zelg Galesic vs Ales Zemljic:
YouTube - PRO TAEKWONDO ZELG GALESIC vs ALES ZEMLJIC (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7taxMwrraA)
This other video is form a qualifying tournament. That kick was perfect! The ukranian Andrey Pasechnyk qualified for the World Final One and he won his first match against Guillermo Alvarado (Argentina) but lost in semifinal against Raymond Daniels.
YouTube - Andrey Pasechnyk Bulgarian qualifying tournament (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-T-rvLcuM2c)
I'll post again when I find more videos.
Dam! that was a beautiful kick!
You know i think there are qualities in TKD that should be respected. Those pro practioners are very agile and athletic so if they ever cross train with Judo/Jujitsu/boxing they'd make great fighters. It's just the whole ATA Mcdojo and such that gave this fine sport such a bad rep
At least they're hitting each other now. They're still training the bouncy-bouncy-bouncy though. Not very impressive, but a good first step forward.
This was in Russia:
YouTube - PRO TKD Russian qualifying tournament-FINAL (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRdn23voLv0)
That was a really nice kick! I hope this thing lasts because it could do great things for TKD.
Could it be a possible escape from the McDojo bullshido that in infecting modern Taekwondo?
I'd love to compete in a competition like this!
Raymond Daniels vs Maxim Bolotov:
YouTube - Pro-Taekwondo - World Final One - 2008 - Daniels vs Bolotov (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0d5y-pB4GQ)
Andrey Pasechnyk vs Guilermo Alvarado:
YouTube - Pro-Taekwondo - World Final One - 2008 - Pasechnyk vs Alvarado (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJSFh-G04nA)
Andrey Krylov vs Stefanos Pantazis:
YouTube - Pro-Taekwondo - World Final One - 2008 - Krylov vs Pantazis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwBHkpC5KJs)
Aleš Zemljič vs Zelg Galešić:
YouTube - Pro-Taekwondo - World Final One - 2008 - Galesic vs Zemljic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWCDGgmVvy0)
Raymond Daniels vs Andrey Pasechnyk:
YouTube - Pro-Taekwondo - World Final One - 2008 - Daniels vs Pasechnyk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx-azIH8C_I)
Andrey Krylov vs Zelg Galešić:
YouTube - galesic - krylov (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pingLrZZRCM)
Raymond Daniels - Andrey Krylov:
YouTube - daniels - krylov (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oq1d4Ffi5DM)
Too bad Zelg Galesic got ingured in his second fight.
It's WTF but with boxing gloves and shitty boxing.
I don't get it.
It's like regular Taekwondo but they allow you to block punches with your face.
I don't get it.
Hi Omega, I remember reading in another thread that you know Raymond Daniels. Do you know which style of TKD he trained? I found that he's a 5th dan, but can't find the style...
He trained modified Kenpo American Karate.
Raymond is fighting too much like a point fighter in these matches. I see no difference in his technique here or his technique in the NASKA fights.
Loved the knock out kick.
You forgot to mention his WCL success and his MMA flop.
These fights look just like regular point fighting matches. I'm a real TKD hardcore fan, and I truly believe there is great potential behind TKD techniques and methods.
In my opinion, I think these fighters should use the same traditional kicking, timing, speed, kick combinations, dodging, and all those great fighting techniques in TKD, and simply had some good boxing and that should be it; a few throws if you like, maybe. I mean, that's how I've trained all my life. I look at TKD as a martial art, not a sport, and I use all my TKD techniques and just add some boxing for the hands and that's it. It's worked fine for me for all these years.
On these videos I'm seeings these "fighters" trying to extend their arms and reach the other guy with a punch to the head; that is bad boxing. Boxers/kickboxers/ thai boxers don't reach out with their arms to try and make a fist/head contact. They are close or half distance fighters, while in TKD you fight from a longer distance, hens the kicking. Why not use your kicks UNTIL your opponent breaks in and gets closer? Makes sense to me, seems to leave you less vulnerable when you miss a long reaching punch.
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