It takes more than 11,000 words and 100 citations to fully explain the concept and history of Bushido on Wikipedia. For the purposes of this Karate Combat award, however, I will convey its meaning in just a few sentences:
Bushido spirit is demonstrated by a fighter's ability to win at any cost besides their own honor, no matter how uncomfortable their situation, and no matter how farfetched the prospect of winning seems at any single moment.
A fighter demonstrates Bushido spirit when they ignore their decreasing odds of victory and take the difficult path to winning against the heaviest challenges.
Here are the three warriors who demonstrated it best this season:
If you'd only just watched the action of Myrza-Bek Tebuev's fight versus Teeik Silva in Event 1 of our third season, and didn't follow the post-fight aftermath, you may not fully appreciate just how much Bushido Spirit he was displaying.
As it turns out, Teeik Silva literally fractured Tebuev's skull with a punch of incredible power.
Not that you'd know it, because "The King" kept fighting.
Not only did he continue, but he continued on and won a unanimous decision.
Tebuev showcased tactical excellence against an incredibly powerful and (evidently) dangerous opponent.
I leave it up to the reader's discretion if they wish to imagine the sorts of pain he was fighting through.
Editor's Note: Tebuev successfully underwent surgery after the fight, and has since removed his bandages to flaunt a large scar across the top of his head. He's now returned to training, and has indicated his wishes to fight again when appropriate.
Both men brought their absolute best versions of themselves, and both men nearly ended the fight within the three rounds of normal action...
But when a Sudden Victory round was declared, it was Certan who remained primed for that victory.
And that's how he earned his Award-winning Head-Kick Knockout.
It's a fight that words can never do justice.
And while you can read a full recap of the action, I recommend you take our word for it, and click the below link at once.
Perhaps the most obvious display of Bushido Spirit was fated to be our winner, as Karate Combat Welterweight Champion Josh Quayhagen met early adversity to win a challenging title defense across 5 rounds.
The champ was clocked hard by challenger Dionicio Gustavo early in the first round.
Quayhagen went down.
“First punch he threw! That caught me by surprise. He usually fights orthodox, but he came out southpaw and that threw me off. Once he put me down, I had to go all the way to Plan Z and just dig in, survive, and then break him."
But he got back up.
And moving through plans A through Y, he finally found Z and completely turned the tables around.
In the fan's eyes, this was the perfect demonstration of Bushido Spirit.
Congratulations JOSHUA QUAYHAGEN!
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