None karatekas shouldn’t be allowed to compete in KC. Prior to president Asim, Karate Combat was a pure karate organisation. However the new president seems to believe that being a karateka isn’t a requirement and all you need is to be a “high level striker” since Asim believes this will “evolve” Karate Combat.
However I disagree, the thing that sticks out to you when you see KC is:
full contact karate
striking league with a Karate dominated roster
is important because every other striking art(besides TKD and Karate) is known for their full contact. full contact boxing doesn’t stand out as much as full contact karate does. because karate isn’t known for full contact. so we shouldn’t go to KC to watch a full contact fight between a Sanda guy and a Thai fighter. you can go to other leagues to see that. but to watch full contact karate, you need 2 karateka fighting full contact in karate ruleset.
no other full contact striking league with a karate roster has ever blown up before. and when I show lots of people KC their reaction is amazing because they’re like “WOW! These karate guys are knocking eachother out I thought karate didn’t work and they just bounced up and down tapping eachother with fake belts and pyjamas(referencing Gis)”
But when it’s some Sambo and Savate guy. you just think “oh that’s cool I guess” or when people watch full contact boxing or kickboxing knockout they’re not as impressed because that’s what they expect. They don’t expect to see two karate guys hitting eachother hard, drawing blood, and knocking eachother tf out.
My points can be backed up by A recent video from Stephen Thompson where he reacts to a Karate Combat fight. the video is called “This KARATE KO was NASTY!”
The video thumbnail and title is advertising Karate Combat as “OMG! Wow these karate guys are fighting full contact and knocking eachother out”. meanwhile if this video was about boxing it’d seem more clickbaite-ish cus we don’t have semi contact boxing tournaments and boxing is expected to have knockouts hence why the most popular boxers are usually heavyweights because more knockout power. Meanwhile the actual fight WB reacts to is a Wushu/Sanda Guy Vs A Taekwondoin. Which is part of why karate combat is turning into “Insert Random Style VS Insert Random Style” instead of what it should be, “Karateka Vs Karateka”
I also believe that instead of having a diverse range of martial arts in Karate Combat, instead KC should encourage a diversity of karate styles and karatekas from all around the globe. Because karate can come in the forms of Shotokan Kyokushin etc however also because karate differs from country to country. Also as seen In other fighting organisations like the UFC for example, having a champion from one country usually opens the gate for many more fighters and champions from that same country. For example wrestling is an integral part of Russian culture however ever since Khabib became champion now plenty of Russians are dreaming of become UFC Champion. I mean for example when you watch Jesse Enkamps video of Japanese Karate Vs USA Karate you do notice quite alot of the difference between karate from country to country and from style to style.
When karate combat first started I believe the mission statement was something along the lines of: to provide a platform for Karatekas to compete in full contact fighting.
That makes quite a lot of sense as, Wrestlers, Thai Boxers, MMA fighters etc all have their own platforms. So when they began talking about including other styles, my first thought was that the Karatekas would be drowned out in favor of bringing In other styles.
However why can’t Karatekas have their own full contact league. When I watch boxing, I don’t think about how Thai fighters would fare in that sport.
Another example of this is a fighter at KC43 having his fight style listed as “boxing”.
My proposal is to have a requirement to join KC being a black belt in Karate or a Karate Adjacent like Taekwondo. However I’ll elaborate on that later.
Karate Combat is slowly turning into an MMA promotion and turning into just another UFC ripoff. The amount of fighters outright wrestling and who don’t have a Karate background is absurd. Especially with the removal of the 5 seconds ground and pound. Some of KCS more recent fights have been blatant wrestling matches.
And at KCs most recent event, the Kickback only 4 or 5 of the fighters were actually karatekas. I stayed up at midnight watching the live broadcast and the kickback as a whole was a mess.
The night started with some boring grappling matches, Karate Combat needs to give a platform to Karate, not grappling. you can go to other organisations to find grappling. Then some of the matches were good however most were boring with horrible referees and Rick Ross was there for literally no reason he himself didn’t even advertise himself being there so it done nothing also having the island boys and Bradley Martyn there is just cringe.
On top of this many of the fighters were clowns and not true martial artists disrespecting their opponents and the referee, saying things like they’ll kill their opponent and not even feel sorry about it or fighters flipping off the referee, or fighters giving up when they could’ve definitely continued fighting.
Then on top of all this, the police coming to shut the party down and the whole gimmick about being at Asims moms house is quite childish and cringe. Like Karate Combat never needed to do silly gimmicks to go viral and Asim seems to care more about money than karate, his goal seems to be trying to “evolve” Karate Combat into an MMA Promotion. Despite the organisation literally being called “Karate Combat”.
However enough of that for now. I believe that Karate Combat should be exclusive to only Karatekas and Karate adjacents(Taekwondo/Tang-soo-do/Hapkido practicioners). I also believe that these fighters should have to have a black belt in their respective art.
This makes way more sense then giving black belts to MMA fighters who haven’t earned it and haven’t trained karate. This also wouldn’t be too problematic as an experienced striker could probably earn their black belt in a short amount of time.
However KC should also consider running their own dojos, this might take some time but it could help with integrating Karate Combat with KC, so that when people think of Karate they think of KC similar to how when people hear MMA they think Of UFC.
Also with these KC ran dojos, KC could also use this as an opportunity to recruit members by hosting tournaments for fighters who’ve earned black belts in the karate combat dojos to compete to earn a contract and it could even be televised similar to the Kumite
Although, whilst it doesn’t have to be the return of Adam, I believe it’d be best for Karate Combat to have a president who isn’t Asim as most, if not all, of the problems listed above stem from him.
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