Amatuer kickboxing headgear KO

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  1. goosebumps88*

    goosebumps88* Banned Banned

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    Hey guys ive been scouting out some videos of amatuer fights with people around my age (im 17) seems like there is never any KOs..there is headgear and shinpads tho. Am I just not looking hard enough or do KOs rarely happen? All the fights I saw went to decision but im sure there has to be alot of TKOs?

    If youve seen this or have a vid itd be awesome if youd post...obviously the headgear makes KOs less lkely in amatuer but how often do they happen?
     
  2. Dan Koong

    Dan Koong Amateur Fighter

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    Ko's do happen, but you're right, in amateur kickboxing/muay thai with shin/head protection KO's are relatively rare.

    They obviously become more frequent as the weight classes go up, but even with the big boys they're still not that common.

    Last weekend on my fight card there were 16 amateur fights with nearly all weight classes represented. There was 1 tko and 1 KO, both coming in the 162+ weight classes. 14 of the other fights all went to decision.

    I'd say this result is about average for most amateur muay thai shows with modified rules (no knees and elbows to head) and using head/shin protection.

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    also many guys around the age of 17 that are fighting (in the US) are usually just starting out so the overall skill level will not be that high. Which means unless they get lucky they probably won't be able to really tear someone apart.
     
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    I don't think it is related to the headgear but the skill level. Pros make knockouts look so effortless with their pinpoint accuracy and pure athleticism.
     
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    Alright. good point. WOAH I just saw a half albino squirl outside of my window. :icon_surp

    Another thing I noticed is leg kicks... are they even worthwhile in a fight that makes u wear pads? even with the pads the fights I watched the kicks looked like taps..it was suprising
     
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    mschatz Hamma: I has it

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    Shorter rounds and less of them plays a big part.
     
  6. Dan Koong

    Dan Koong Amateur Fighter

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    headkicks can be devastating if you use them right, even in amateurs.

    of course like everything else, it depends on a lot of factors, such as how hard and fast can you really kick to the head? if you're not that great at it it's really not worth doing it.

    if you're one of those freaks that can kick like cro-cop then go right on ahead.

    personally i have fairly powerful kicks for my size but i'll usually wait for the last couple rounds to do them because the other guys guard will start to sag a bit.
     
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    Well I dont wana sound cocky because im not arrogant and dont think im great but I do think I have a knack for kicking, I had alot of power in my high kick even when I was just learning and same with my low kick. Thats what I got going for me. Jab and right straight and uppercut are alright but nothing special...im thinking most of everything else is atrocious but ill learn.
     
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    A lad at my gym won a fight by TKO via leg kicks, he hammered the upper thigh with cut kicks so much the kid couldnt get back to his feet, whether this is rare or not i have no idea
     
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    I've fought in a couple of Muay Thai smokers and you definitely feel leg kicks through the shin pads, not as bad as normal, but definitely not taps.
     
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    well the gear accounts for a lot of the safety but another is at the amatuer level, your just starting out, knockout start coming when your experience starts to set in and these guys are amatuers, you can't expect to see anything like once you hit professional fighters
     

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