I came across this video a couple of months ago… it features former K-1Max champion Murthel Groenhart and his brother Fernando sparring with each other. Both these guys train out of Mikes Gym in Holland. Mikes is renowned for their hard sparring, and have produced some of the most formidable fighters the planet ( Kyshenko, Badr Hari, Melvin Manhoef et al)
I think it’s interesting clip as it shows a primary difference between Dutch K-1 style sparring vs. Muay Thai. This post isn’t a one way is better then the other… I wouldn’t know… I can however see the benefit of both styles.
It’s undeniable these two are smashing each others legs, but its in a controlled fashion. The leg kicks are conditioning their legs to be able to absorb punishment, the punches thrown with power don’t seem like their intended to catch his brother out or KO him, if anything is more body conditioning taking shots to the body, arms and hands.
This video isn’t mine, it was sent to me from a friend, I’m only hosting it as I can’t find it online. If anyone knows who’s vid this is, please let me know and I’ll give them full attribution.