A knockout is a major fight-ending, winning criteria in many full-contact sport activities, including kick boxing, muay Thai, boxing, karate, mixed martial arts (MMA), taekwondo, and other similar sports involving punching, and even fighting-based computer games. Knockouts are usually associated with a match or competition that has reached the final bell, with one contestant or fighter evidently losing, perhaps through submission, extreme exhaustion, or whatever else is deemed appropriate. The knockout results are usually announced on a podium, with one referee positioned in front of the fighters and the others behind the podium or to one side, in order to assist in the announcement. If the bout goes to the mat, the official is also in charge of calling the result.
The term “ko” (which in Korean means “hitting”) first came into use in the Japanese martial art of Judo, where it referred to the technique used to counter an opponent’s blows by delivering one of your own. The concept has taken various twists and turns over the years, but the basic idea is the same, and you will find variations of this technique in almost all styles of boxing. In boxing, though, the actual Ko technique doesn’t really deal with the striking itself; instead, it deals specifically with the throwing of powerful, often quick punches to the opponents, to force them to the mat, or even to the ground, where the sleeper can then apply the “kicks” required to finish the contest.
The key to winning a boxing match by means of a knockout, especially in a non-stop competitive fight, is to bring down your opponent’s fast enough to get out of the round quickly, then to apply the kokes to finish them off. Most good MMA and Muay Thai fighters will learn all about kicking points, and the various ways to score them, but a solid knowledge of the Ko techniques is also useful. When you are able to throw your opponents out of the ring, particularly by way of a well-placed kick to the head, they will be unable to stand up to you for very long. If you are able to keep them on their back the entire time, then you will be able to control the action. With some experience, you might even be able to turn the fight into a knock-out, and score a knockout at the end of the fight.