This clip just hit the internet:
It shows Jerôme Le Banner training for the K1 circuit. He seems to have been training well because he pushes it hard. In his last few fights, he lacked stamina and explosiveness so I’m hopeful he’ll be in excellent fighting shape in his next matches.
It’s also fun to see a guy my age training hard and still competing at the highest level. I’m not in his kind of shape but I can still do my Tabata and plyometrics training better than most of the young guys I train with. Ha! I spit in the face of age! :-)
I’ve enjoyed watching Le Banner‘s fights ever since he entered the fight scene in the ’90s. He’s an aggressive fighter, has very good boxing skills and is flexible enough to use his high kicks effectively. He’s been in the K1 circuit for a long time and has KOed a bunch of the toughest guys in the sport: Ernesto Hoost, Peter Aerts, Sam Greco. Even Don Frye and Gary Goodridge got their lights put out by him.
He’s often called the best K1 fighter who never won the tournament. The main reason is his weak chin. I mean, he seems ot have a strong enough neck and shoulders to absorb blows but when he gets tagged a good one, he very often goes to the canvas. This in contrast with others in the circuit who manage to recover from those same blows.
What I also don’t get is why he virtually always insists on using the half hip in his roundhouse kicks. I can’t recall ever seeing him turn it all the way in when he does that kick. It seems such a waste. With his reach and size, he could have devastating leg techniques if he’d turn those hips in 100%. The only thing I can think of is that he wants to focus on his hands and put that leg down as fast as possible, at the expense of power.
Still, his fights are fun to watch and he usually puts on a great show. So I’m looking forward to seeing what he does against Musashi this weekend. Here’s a highlight clip you might enjoy: