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Shoot boxing (?????????) is a combat sport which allows kicking, punching, throwing, and standing submission. It was developed from kickboxing by Caesar Takeshi.
Shoot boxing (commonly spelled as Shootboxing) was created in August 1985 by former kickboxer Caesar Takeshi. Some Mixed Martial Artists started out training in shoot boxing such as Hayato Sakurai. Shootboxing has also drawn some fighting names who became famous in other promotions such as Jens Pulver. Many K-1 World MAX stars also either debuted in Shootboxing or have fought for Shootboxing in the past, including Andy Souwer, Albert Kraus, and HAYATO among others. The first Shootboxing event took place on September 1, 1985.
S-Cup, the Shoot Boxing World Cup, is the 8 man single elimination World Tournament held once in 2 years since 1995.
Professional shoot boxing matches fall into one of two classes, Expert class and Freshman class. The length of an Expert class match is three rounds of five minutes each, followed by extra rounds of three minutes each in the event of a tie. The interval between rounds is one minute.
The length of a Freshman class match is three rounds of three minutes each, followed by more three minute rounds in the event of a tie. The interval between rounds is also one minute.
Professional shoot boxers were originally divided into weight classes as follows:
In 2001, weight classes were replaced by a new arrangement, as follows:
One way to win a shoot boxing match is to knock one’s opponent out. A fighter can be knocked out in different ways. If, after being knocked down, a fighter fails to stand up after a count of ten, or if, after standing up, he fails to assume a fighting stance after a count of eight, he is knocked out. The same occurs if a fighter is knocked out of the ring and fails to return before a count of twenty. A referee may also rule a fighter knocked out if the fighter shows no fighting spirit, appears unable to defend his or her self, or makes a gesture of submission.
Technical knockouts can also occur in shoot boxing, in cases where the fighter is injured, the referee rules the fighter knocked out after two knockdowns in the same round, or the fighter’s corner throws in the towel. A fight may also be stopped if a doctor rules that continuation would be dangerous to a fighter.
If neither a knockout nor a technical knockout occurs, the winner is determined by a decision. Fighters are graded on their effectiveness on attack and defense, their success in achieving and escaping submissions, and how close they have come to ending the match. Decisions generally produce a winner, but can result in a draw.
A judgement of “no contest” may also be returned, if the judges suspect foul play or conclude that the fighters are not fighting sincerely.