How popular is Kickboxing in Japan these days

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  1. manlyseaeagle Orange Belt

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    In that note how popular is all Combat sports ?
     
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    Kickboxing is very popular in Japan.
    See K1- Japan (set to have an event at Saitama Super Arena in 2018), Krush and the new Knock Out organisation (Knock Out Vol.2 happening in April).
     
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    What about traditional kickboxing (not K1)?
    For traditional kickboxing I mean this one


    Long trousers, footguards, shinguards, belt system, low kicks and back spinning fists allowed, no knees, no elbows.
     
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    not popular at all. thank god.
     
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    It was very popular in Europe and USA during '80s and '90s. In my opinion the best form of kickboxing.
    K1 is just a washed up muay thai.
     
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    I'm European, I know. It's antiquated and should stay in the past.
     
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    It's long gone. Nobody cares or wants it back. People realized it sucked.
     
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    Why does it look like an amature sparring session and why so few punches punches?
     
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    Because it's deeply rooted in semi contact and light contact style kickboxing, hence the tip tap kicks and punches.
     
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    I'm not sure if it's all that different. Low kicks were legal, and Ballantine was a Dutch fighter out of Chakuriki gym.
     
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    Huh. I would actually more interested in competing in this format than kickboxing nowadays. Seeing one of my training partners knocked out in an amateur fight really took away my interest in competing .

    I think I have been in rougher sparring sessions.
     
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    These formats are still around so go for it, but not widely viewed like K1 style kickboxing.

    That was a full contact fight, though. You can still get knocked out.
     
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    At the end of the day you're still punches and kicking but the style of fighting is completly different.
     
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    Why do you think that is? I imagine more money at stake makes people commit more to punches and kicks.
     
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    As I said, different roots of the sport. Those styles go back to Karate rulesets back then.


    money doesn't change a thing.
     
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    Here in Italy it is still a mainstream.
     
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    Not sure about long gone though - apart from the big competitions of course. There are still tons of gyms and practitioners of that style here in the UK, much more so than K-1 style gyms. From what I've seen when I tried it out of curiosity a couple of times it seems to appeal quite a lot to women and people who want a bit of fitness without too much hardcore training.
     
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    I'm talking from a televised and big tournament standpoint. I'm sure there are many practitioners.
     
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    Was this ever popular in Japan?

    Mostly just North America back in the 80s-early 90's.
     
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    If K-1 is just washed up Muay Thai, what the hell does that make American Clownshoe Kickboxing?
     
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