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Kyokushin vs American Kickboxing (aka Full Contact)?

Discussion in 'Standup Technique' started by Charlitos1988, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. Charlitos1988 Purple Belt

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    Which one is better for self defense?

    Both are full force with no breakings.

    BUT each one have a major flaw in their competition format:

    - Kyokushin lack of punches to the face ... But low kicks are allowed.

    - American Kickboxing lack of low kicks ... But punches to the face are allowed.

    So each one have what the other don't. Kind of hard question.
     
  2. Tama Green Belt

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    My vote goes to Kyokushin. Your body will be virtually indestructible (after taking a massive beating of course) and you'll have a much greater armament of kicks. As for getting hit in the face: Either you can take it or you can't. I would personally mix it with boxing for head movement and defense.
     
  3. vcmmafan Black Belt

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    Aren't punches to the face the most common attack? I vote KB

    Seems pretty important if you ask me.
     
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  4. Krav McGraw Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    I've seen some kickboxers with great hands and overall speed. Seems important.
     
  5. Tayski Stand-up Fighting

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    For purely self defence I would say Kyokushin Karate.
    On top of its knockdown competition format, it focuses on punching bare knuckle and you have a lot of self defence techniques in its syllabus which you drill. Those include different types of strikes to targeted areas of the body which aren't allowed in competition, ju jutsu and judo type joint locks/throws, etc.
    Some dojos also train face punches with mma type gloves, or boxing gloves.

    If you're planning to compete in any kind of fight sport (boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, mma), then I would choose american kickboxing over kyokushin as you're learning boxing combinations and the focus of the art is ring fighting.

    In any case american kickboxing would still be good for self defense, and kyokushin could also be a good base for fight sports.
     

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