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Volya
7/26/2012 8:10am,
Hey guys.

It's been quite a long time since I've posted here, but I finally decided to chuck up a thread ha.

I started Kyokushin Karate at the start of the year and last April I entered a tournament. I hadn't done any proper fighting like this before and decided I'd give it a go.

I was nervous as all hell going into the first fight but ended up making it through to the second. Unfortunately there was a 40 min break between them and I had cooled down and was hurting a bit ha.

We had to wear mouth-guards, groin-guards and shin pads, but 5 mins before the first fight we were told to take them off ha.

I didn't get any footage of the first fight, sorry, but it was way better than the second. Way more action and I landed a couple of tricking head kicks. This one being quite slow because we were both buggered. Not to mention we were from the same Dojo.

I learnt quite a bit about myself from the experience. Also I'll say that with the adrenalin pumping I got tunnel vision and couldn't hear anyone around me :/

So here's the second fight. More info is in the video description but if there is any questions go nuts. If not, have a good laugh at my n00bness :/

Also at one point I almost got knocked out, it doesn't even look like much but at the time I thought I was going down.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTfY7G-tNSs&list=PLA0A308D6874A9EA4&index=1&feature=plpp_video

huge
7/26/2012 9:11am,
Congrats on the win!

I just started KK this month. I can't wait for my first tournament.

Azatdawn
7/26/2012 9:40am,
I don't know anything about kyokushin, but I thought you did pretty well against someone who (I assume because of the belt colours, duh) is more experienced than you. I feel like you could have attacked the hair a bit more, I'm sure that would have given you the edge.

Volya
7/26/2012 9:49am,
Congrats on the win!

I just started KK this month. I can't wait for my first tournament.

I should clarify that I didn't win the second fight :(

You'll love it. Fitness is key. It's hard work but the reward is good. OSU!

RWaggs
7/26/2012 10:44am,
Congrats on the win!

I just started KK this month. I can't wait for my first tournament.

What's the tournament availability like in your area? I don't know about your finances or ability to travel, but Washington state is having its "semi-contact" Kyokushin tournament in early October. This basically is the same thing as full contact, but the competitors wear MMA gloves and shin guards. It's a pretty good opportunity for someone fighting their first tournament. I know there's a big one in Montreal next March, but my understanding is that a good deal of world class fighters compete in that one. I'm not sure I'm quite the pedigree for that action, but I've never been to Montreal and may attend just to watch.

huge
7/26/2012 11:07am,
I should clarify that I didn't win the second fight :(

You'll love it. Fitness is key. It's hard work but the reward is good. OSU!

Sorry, I was the one that wasn't clear.

Congrats on winning the first match!

huge
7/26/2012 11:10am,
What's the tournament availability like in your area? I don't know about your finances or ability to travel, but Washington state is having its "semi-contact" Kyokushin tournament in early October. This basically is the same thing as full contact, but the competitors wear MMA gloves and shin guards. It's a pretty good opportunity for someone fighting their first tournament. I know there's a big one in Montreal next March, but my understanding is that a good deal of world class fighters compete in that one. I'm not sure I'm quite the pedigree for that action, but I've never been to Montreal and may attend just to watch.

I'm not certain. I know we have the Calgary Cup and the Alberta Open every year. I've heard of a couple in Washington and BC, which are relatively close.

My instructor asked me if I was interested in tournament competition so I'm sure he has a couple in mind.

RWaggs
7/26/2012 11:20am,
I'm not certain. I know we have the Calgary Cup and the Alberta Open every year. I've heard of a couple in Washington and BC, which are relatively close.

My instructor asked me if I was interested in tournament competition so I'm sure he has a couple in mind.

I wasn't even aware of the Alberta and Calgary ones. May have to look into those.

patfromlogan
7/28/2012 12:01am,
Work on penetrating with your kicks - you tended to kick too far away. Kick through the opponent. Anyhow, congrats on stepping up; competition teaches tons, doesn't it?

lordbd
7/28/2012 8:38am,
You lost that fight? Which one were you? I thought the white belt landed more shots and showed more aggression and ring generalship.

doofaloofa
7/28/2012 9:07am,
Nice one V

was your TKD of benefit to you, you got some nice kicks in there (4.12 :])

LOL at Voice Over Man comentator

Volya
7/28/2012 10:26am,
I was the white belt.

There is more info in the YT description bar too.

I think I lost that fight because I kept retreating when I got hit, plus I accidentally landed two groin shots and a punch deflected into his chin.

I have bad habits from my TKD in regards to not following through with my kicks, I still snap them a lot. I'd been doing some Muay Thai as well, but I've had 5 years ingrained into me :|

I used a couple of trick kicks, the inside leg/head kick and a very poorly executed spinning heel.

In the first fight I made the guy drop his hands with a fake front kick which I turned into a head kick, (question mark kick I think it's called?) and a jumping turning kick which landed as well, although I fell on my arse!

I didn't even know I had won my first fight as the adrenalin was crazy.

I think everyone should try a full contact fight, you'll definately learn something :D

**The commentator is one of the Sempais, he's an actor actually ha. Here's a showreel, you may have seen him on T.V before.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVsjJZrPagg

lordbd
7/28/2012 2:36pm,
I was the white belt.

I thought you did great. In a MT fight that chin shot would've worked for your not against you. Like I said, you showed (in my opinion) way more aggression and landed more shots than your opponent. And he was a blackbelt? Congratulations.

Vieux Normand
7/28/2012 2:51pm,
The MT rubbed off in one good way: your hand position was superior to your opponent's (except when you threw kicks: then they dropped straight-arm floorward--please don't do that; you can power-kick without leaving yourself wide-open).

Also, (especially when more squared to your opponent), try to avoid flaring those elbows. It serves no purpose other than handing the adversary a nice open target in your midsection. As well, really try to lose the habit of giving anyone your back after kicking. There are far better ways of escaping potential counters.

Good on you, meanwhile, for stepping up and keeping up a decent pace throughout. You look like you can pull off the hard work and sweat it takes to really progress in KK.

Volya
7/29/2012 6:40am,
I thought you did great. In a MT fight that chin shot would've worked for your not against you. Like I said, you showed (in my opinion) way more aggression and landed more shots than your opponent. And he was a blackbelt? Congratulations.

Bluebelt.


The MT rubbed off in one good way: your hand position was superior to your opponent's (except when you threw kicks: then they dropped straight-arm floorward--please don't do that; you can power-kick without leaving yourself wide-open).

Also, (especially when more squared to your opponent), try to avoid flaring those elbows. It serves no purpose other than handing the adversary a nice open target in your midsection. As well, really try to lose the habit of giving anyone your back after kicking. There are far better ways of escaping potential counters.

Good on you, meanwhile, for stepping up and keeping up a decent pace throughout. You look like you can pull off the hard work and sweat it takes to really progress in KK.

Hah, yeah that's about it hey. I did probably better than I thought I would though. Cheers for the advice!