Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"V.V" Mei Yamaguchi Enters 48Kg Tournament

As I had predicted would happen, "V.V" Mei Yamaguchi will be taking part in the inaugural 48kg tournament at the Girl's S-Cup this August. The 48kg tournament will be comprised of 4 fighters, of which Mio and Mei have been announced. The other 2 will be comprised of top Japanese fighters. It is worth noting that the last time Shoot Boxing held a Japanese fighters tournament, this also included a fighter who frequently fight in Japan Ham Seo Hee, so she should not be eliminated based off of that.

Mei is a fan-favorite and a true veteran of Shoot Boxing. Having made it to the final round 2 times, Mei knows what it takes to move on in the tournament. What is interesting to consider is that in her previous appearances, Mei was fighting in a higher weight division against taller opponents. Now that Mei is fighting at 48kg, it will be interesting to see how she does against people nearer her size. Having practiced Karate since she was 7, and now teaching out of her own gym, Mei has an interesting striking style. She tends to stick to the outside and hop in and out with strikes. However, it is not her striking that stands out in Shoot Boxing. Mei is, in my opinion, the best thrower in Shoot Boxing history. It is safe to assume that if she can grab her opponents, they will be going for a ride.

A memorable match where she threw her opponent countless times

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