KSKM 379

And we’re back with Karate Shoukoushi and the real end of the fight, the conclusion of the tournament. The tournament may be over for Minoru, but he will eventually get his spotlight.

I don’t know how many of you noticed, but we have a new poll on the website, courtesy of cmertb, so if you haven’t already, you may cast your vote.

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  1. Alex w Reply

    it was very exciting and the ending it kinda was expected but still, the way things unfolded was great, thanks !

  2. Heath Reply

    Finally! I have to say this arc was kind of weak, in my opinion. But thanks to your great work, it seems we’ll get more interesting fights next! Thank you so much!

  3. Pocong Reply

    Thanks for the most recent release! I definitely didn’t see this coming and now I’m excited about what direction Minoru will go in and where this development could lead. I’m also super-hyped for this upcoming villain! Singhsak sor Kingriver looks to be a very different animal from Samart.

    Oh, since you’ve been doing spotlights on the real life bases for some of the fighters I figure it’s worth mentioning that Samart and the upcoming Kingriver are based on real life Nak Muay. Samart Sirinto is based on Samart Payakaroon, the man considered the real life greatest kickboxer to ever live. He was both a long standing champion in the Lumpinee and Rajadamnern stadiums and a world champion featherweight boxer. Singhsak is based on Saenchai Sor Kingstar, considered the current best pound for pound kickboxer and infamous for his in-ring acrobatics and his willingness to fight high level opponents up to 15 pounds over whatever his current weight class happens to be.

    • crazy_horse Post authorReply

      Oh nice, that’s actually really interesting information. It’s good to know that Samart isn’t such a gloomy individual in real life. We will be sure to include this in future chapters, if that’s okay with you.

      • cmertb Reply

        Well, it would be nice to get a more detailed writeup, similar to what MrP did. Pocong, can you do that?

        • Pocong Reply

          I’d love to! I will start by apologizing, I was a little off on Samart. He never fought in the Rajadamnern Stadium, he was Lumpinee’s champion which is considered slightly more prestigious.

          I’ll start off with Samart Payakaroon, who’s considered by many to be the greatest technical Muay Thai fighter. Real life Samart’s bio honestly reads like freaking self-insert fanfiction. He began fighting in Bangkok in 1978 and became Lumpinee champ in both the 105 and 108 pound divisions in 1980 and the 115 and 126 pound divisions in 81 for a total of four Lumpinee belts. He never really challenged for more belts after 81 but the reason for that is equally ridiculous.Just like the Samart in the manga, gamblers stopped betting on Payakaroon’s fights so he put his MT career on the backburner to focus on Boxing. He ended up becoming World Boxing Commission Featherweight champ in 1986, all while continuing to pick up MT fights on the side. He K.O’d two very well respected champions to get and keep that title too, Lupe Pintor and Juan Meza. It took one of the best boxers of that generation, Jeff Fenech, to finally wrest it from Samart and many boxing fans theorize that if Fenech hadn’t come along Samart would have been one of that belt’s longest holders. He made a comeback boxing run in the 90’s and managed to get another shot at the title despite being well past his prime. On top of all this he managed to become a singer and release three albums that went gold in between his boxing stints before finally retiring fully from fighting and becoming both a Kru and Actor in the 2000’s.

          As a Nak Muay and a Boxer he was infamous for his impressive technical skill on both offense and defense. Offensively he had excellent hands and a unique thrust kick that combined MT’s teep with a karate-esque side kick that threw many of his opponents for a loop. Defensively he was infamous for his ability to bob and weave around enemy attacks and footwork so strong that he could both corner opponents and occasionally trick them into running into his fist. The surviving footage of his fights are all of him past his prime and in each of them he still manages to outclass his younger opponents. His career totals out 150 fights with 129 wins, 30 K.O’s, 19 losses and 2 draws in MT and 23 fights, 12 K.O’s, and 2 losses in Boxing.

          Basically, Baba picked the right guy to be the primary antagonist in Minoru and Ibuki’s journeys. You can’t do much better than Samart for monstrously skilled foreign kickboxers that feel like they’re looking down on you.

          • Pocong

            Next up is Singhsak’s counterpart, Saenchai Sor Kingstar. Kingriver’s greed is actually a reference to the many real life money problems that Saenchai has had. Despite being regarded as the best fighter of this era of Muay Thai he’s been bounced between several gyms, resulting in a fighter with more aliases than a modern rapper. He’s actually not Sor Kingstar anymore, but would have been at the time this was written. I’ll keep calling him by his Kingstar moniker throughout this since PKSaenchaimuaythaigym doesn’t really roll off the tongue.

            Saenchai’s claim to fame is being one of the only fighters since the aforementioned Samart to capture belts at four weight classes in the Lumpinee Stadium. He weighs 130 pounds but has dropped weight to capture championships in the Fly, Feather, and Bantamweight divisions. His primary class is Lightweight but he’s infamous for only taking fights against Welter or higher weight foreigners. It’s a testament to his skill that he still dominates in those divisions, he had a twenty fight winstreak against high level foreigners that included Liam Harrison and Fabio Pinca. His only losses there have come from very controversial decisions. Just like Samart before him Saenchai is both an avid boxer , one that captured the vacant Pan Asian Boxing Association lightweight championship in 2003, and frequent pursuer of foreign matches due to the dearth of gamblers willing to bet on him. While his record is less prestigious then Samart it’s also a lot larger in MT. He has over 300 fights with over 220 wins, 59 losses, and 2 draws. The reason I say over 220 wins is because past that point they stopped counting some of his fights and now only add to his win count when it’s against someone really notable. He’s also one of the rare Stadium champions to fight in the Muay Thai Association of America, which most of other the Stadium Champs consider beneath them. That’s likely where the Author first heard of him, since he crushed Japanese K-1 Champion Tetsuya Yamato with a first round K.O. to claim the lightweight championship there.

            While his standard MT skills are top notch Saenchai is more renowned for his trickiness in the ring and his willingness to use moves that many other kickboxers consider impractical or bizarre. This has led to him having a reputation as an arrogant fighter, despite being by all accounts a friendly and easygoing person outside the ring. In that ring however, he combines good defense with a very tricky striking style that shreds the defense of more standard fighters. The most famous part of his arsenal is a handstand kick that he’s able to consistently land because it’s windup resembles him going for a body blow. He supplements this by utilizing a hybrid version of the MT and Karate roundhouses; a power kick that he can chamber in mid-flight to radically alter it’s trajectory, essentially turning a low-kick into a high kick. Topping off these tricks is his habit of using odd behaviors to disguise standard MT strikes, such as adjusting his pants before punching or jumping but throwing low kicks in mid-air. Saenchai in action is the Kickboxing equivalent to a horror comedy, a display that would be lighthearted and fun if it wasn’t about torturing a man into unconsciousness.

            This all adds up to another excellent choice for villains on the part of Yasuhi Baba. While Samart was more powerful his style was also colder and more business-like than Saenchai’s. It’s much easier to read Saenchai’s fighting style as malevolent, as something born not from a desire for victory but from a desire to injure and humiliate those less skilled than him. Kingriver strikes me as an antagonist that’s much easier to root against than Samart, the Ryuuhei Sawamura to Samart’s Ricardo Martinez if you will. Singhsak sor Kingriver’s inclusion also completes the twin faces of Muay Thai that were popularized in Japanese Media by Sagat and Adon so many years ago. The idea of arrogant Nak Muay personified as both the cold-hearted juggernaut and the sadistic clown.

          • crazy_horse Post author

            Holy shit. Well then, you delivered. A lot of information on both of them. I think Saenchai will have to wait a little bit more, it might be a little spoiler-ish for where we stand right now, since he was just introduced.

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