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    MMA in Korea

    I'm not sure if this belongs more in the MMA forum, but I guess it's related to KMA in general.
    I know that Korea has some MMA fighting promotions(NeoFight and Spirit MC) and MMA is becoming bigger in Korea. Pride FC was super popular, and Fedor is super popular over there.

    My question is: What styles are typically used by Korean MMA fighters and what do most of the MMA gyms in Korea train?

    I'm pretty sure most, if not all, of the few BJJ schools in Korea train in MMA also. Plus, most tough Korean people take judo and boxing/kickboxing, so I'm sure those are pretty common styles. Gongkwan Yusool looks like a pretty tough style, that I could see having some of their fighters entering MMA events. Plus, I always thought that the more progressive Hapkido dojangs would train for and enter MMA events. So those, I'm pretty sure are some background styles.

    But I know MMA is not just entering with one style or practicing two styles separately, it requires having a gym that integrates the different styles into one whole. In America's case, most of the gyms are based on wrestling/judo, bjj, and muaythai/boxing. I wonder what is the nature of Korean MMA gyms. Do they just use boxing/judo in general or what?

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    Boxing, Judo, BJJ, Muay Thai, Gyeoktugi, Gwongyeokdo...hell, I heard of a fighter a few years back who had Taegyeon in his repetoire...

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    The fights I have seen have included practitioners of TKD, Hapkido, Gongkwon, Gyeoktooki, Judo, BJJ, and Muay Thai.

    There is a TV show called "Super Korean", where they follow a bunch of MMA fighters during their training and in competition. In the show, they also train them together as a group. In one of the previous seasons, they sent a few of them to Brazil for training in BJJ. The guys were easily defeated by their Brazilian sparring partners (the point of the trip was to learn), but they came back much better than when they left. The new series has just started and I also noticed a Taekkyeon practitioner in the line up.

    As a side note, the Pride champion Fedor brought a team of fighters to Korea, this year. His team won almost every match. The surprise winner was a short Korean guy, who didn't look like much, but beat a much bigger fighter. The little guy just didn't give up - he looked like Elephant Man by the end of the fight, with a swollen forehead. After winning the fight, he went and bowed to Fedor. He showed tremendous determination and humility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tukkong
    There is a TV show called "Super Korean", where they follow a bunch of MMA fighters during their training and in competition.
    Would this be from that same show then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tukkong
    The fights I have seen have included practitioners of TKD, Hapkido, Gongkwon, Gyeoktooki, Judo, BJJ, and Muay Thai.

    There is a TV show called "Super Korean", where they follow a bunch of MMA fighters during their training and in competition. In the show, they also train them together as a group. In one of the previous seasons, they sent a few of them to Brazil for training in BJJ. The guys were easily defeated by their Brazilian sparring partners (the point of the trip was to learn), but they came back much better than when they left. The new series has just started and I also noticed a Taekkyeon practitioner in the line up.
    Is this the same show?

    http://www.kitf.org/NEW/VOD/go%20super%20korean-1.wmv
    http://www.kitf.org/NEW/VOD/go%20super%20korean-2.wmv
    http://www.kitf.org/NEW/VOD/go%20super%20korean-3.wmv

    http://www.taekwonline.com/index.cgi...1&thread=05r01
    http://www.taekwonline.com/index.cgi...3&thread=05r01
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    I only watched the first clip provided by Blues-Man. That is the show. However, there were a couple of additional fighters in that series. I cannot remember if it was a bit of a "survivors" competition, where people got knocked out as the series progressed. Anyway, the new series seems to have a lot of fighters in it. They train at different gyms to learn different techniques, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tukkong
    I only watched the first clip provided by Blues-Man. That is the show. However, there were a couple of additional fighters in that series. I cannot remember if it was a bit of a "survivors" competition, where people got knocked out as the series progressed. Anyway, the new series seems to have a lot of fighters in it. They train at different gyms to learn different techniques, etc.
    I uploaded the show in youtube.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOqGYU7V2KE
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6J31yw8tF8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8YeYGpq8uI
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8SRdGq561Y
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGcmUF6_weM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSUBChdIIq4

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    wow i haven't checked back on this thread in a while, i just thought no one was interested and it died. Thanks for the videos, they were pretty cool. I heard about the show on the Official Korea MMA thread on Sherdog.

    The main reason I started this thread was I wanted to know which MAs were Korean MMA fighters starting to use in fights. Is there any growing sense of which styles are effective in the ring and which aren't? I'm pretty sure that some of the KMA's would start to be evaluated on a widespread scale as it was in America when the first UFC's came out.

    Also, I wonder if the Korean MMA fighters are coming up with anything new regarding the MMA game. Is there anything unique from KMA's that Korean fighters have been able to use to any success?

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    Why is it that people can't stick with their roots and have to go inot something else? are they just looking to win more comps or just learning more to create a diff style, like we don't have enouugh already....

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    It's because people want to better themselves as fighters combined with the fact that no single art covers all the bases well enough on its own. Or do you think your ITF groundwork is good enough?

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