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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Mr. Sayles - Fight Clips

Most of you know Mr. Sayles (one of my Senior Black Belt athletes)but for those that do not, he is a long time competitor, and 2005 AAU featherweight national champion (among other accomplishments). Here are a few nice points from some of his past fights. (Click the "Play" Arrow Twice).


John Vesia said...

Nice kicks by both competitors. I couldn't help but notice how low they kept their hands. Alot of karate people do that too. What's the class limit for featherweight? (In boxing, it's 126 lb.)

Gordon White said...

Hi John, Thanks for checking.
Taekwondo featherweight is 147.
In Olympic style Taekwondo, foot work is really the primary means for defense. We teach to keep the hands up in front of the body, and relaxed, unlike the guard of Muay Thai or boxing. Rarely hard blocks are used; rather, the arms are used mainly for covering.
A lot of times I hear other stylist say that keeping the hands low is bad form, I suppose in a street situation, where guarding your face is a primary concern this makes sense. Bu for sport Taekwondo, Keeping the hands loose and relaxed is imperative to the continuous exchange of kicks.

I know that the USOC has a Karate National governing body. Is this the type of competitive Karate you are referring to? Do they allow for hand strikes to the face/head?

Little Cricket said...

I've been told by my instructor to keep my hand closely guarding the head, and to block kicks (to the torso) only by moving the elbows downwards -- not by moving the arms away.


Gordon White said...


this makes perfect sense participating in a sparring style that includes punching to the head.

Do you ever find that keeping your guard up inhibits your kicking technique?