Thursday, December 22, 2022

Karate Combat: The Future of Karate Competition

In April 2018, the first professional, full-contact karate league, known as “Karate Combat”, made its debut. Based in New York, it is managed by CEO and founder Robert Bryan (who has experience investing in both public and private markets) and COO and League President Adam S. Kovacs (who has 30 years of experience in martial arts). Karate Combat's League Presidents are former UFC Hall of Famers Bas Rutten and Georges St-Pierre, and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida.

Every season, competitors go against each other using their own individual karate styles. There are over 75 styles, but no matter which style the competitor uses, they must abide by karate-do protocol and the official full contact karate unified rules and regulations. Including cutting-edge video production to add to their product's appeal, the mission of Karate Combat is to be the future of combat sports.

There have been four seasons, and this year there were also three standalone events. The first season consisted of six episodes, and one of the featured fights was Dionicio Gustavo vs. Rafael Aghayev. A standout competitor, Aghayev joined Karate Combat already a 5-time World Champion in the world of karate.

Karate Combat's second season consisted of 12 episodes, with one of the featured fights being Jerome Brown vs Joshua Quayhagen for the Karate Combat Welterweight Championship.

The third season of Karate Combat also consisted of 12 episodes.

Season four of Karate Combat was four episodes long, with Rafael Aghayev vs Zsolt Habda being one of the featured fights.

KC35 took place in August, with Karate Combat Lightweight Champion Luiz Rocha facing Joshua Quayhagen in the main event.

KC36 took place in October.

Karate Combat's most recent event, KC37, took place this month. In the main event, Rafael Aghayev and Raymond Daniels battled to decide the interim Karate Combat Welterweight Champion, as the current champion was injured. There were also seven other fights at KC37.


Teaches Self-Defense
“Karate molds an individual to be the only object of defense or offense and, through this, it teaches the fundamental concept of self-protection.” - Kanken Toyama, karate master

Building reflexes to stand up to a threat is important. While training in karate, the student's reflexes will become faster, they will become stronger, and their balance will improve, making it easier to defend one's self.

Builds Confidence
“If you have confidence in your own words, aspirations, thoughts, and actions and do your very best, you will have no need to regret the outcome of what you do."- Mas Oyama, karate master

Through learning karate and engaging in its belts grading system, a student’s confidence will increase, which will aid them in all facets of life.

Hones Leadership Skills
"I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations. And you are not in this world to live up to mine."- Bruce Lee, martial arts legend

Bruce Lee had the mindset of a leader, and leaders set goals. Karate has a belts grading system, with each belt representing a skill level. A test is required to be passed in order to obtain a belt, and setting the goal of continuously reaching the next level will develop a mental state that will help a karate student strive to climb the ladder of success in the professional world.

Develops Character
“The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.” - Gichin Funakoshi, the father of modern karate

“Karate nisente nashi” is written on Gichin Funakoshi’s memorial, which in English means, “There is no first attack in karate”. Students of karate are taught to focus on defense instead of offense, developing character by learning to honor their opponents.

Encourages Self-Discipline
“The children right now, the young children, everybody should go to a martial arts school. Why? Because as soon as they go to a martial arts school, they learn discipline.”- Jackie Chan, actor & martial artist

Before beginning his acting career, Jackie Chan trained in karate and other martial arts. A child who trains at a karate school quickly experiences that focus, honor, respect, and self-restraint are expected. The obedience that a child learns through karate training will extend to their daily life at home.

Health Benefits
“If you’re looking for a way to get fit, reduce stress, improve your focus, and lower your risk of certain diseases, you may want to consider martial arts.”- WebMD

Karate is a highly aerobic exercise that gets your heart pumping. However, you might be having so much fun in class that you won't even realize what a great workout you're getting. Karate has also been shown to improve posture, flexibility, stamina, and overall agility.

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