The Alter Katastrophe vintage shirt kind of woke up when they saw it at home when Rufus got mashed up by an ‘enormous’ Thai nearly his own weight (most Thai boxers were around bantamweight then) even under the kiddie playtime rules of WKA kickboxing (PKA with one type of low kick allowed) – but it took way, way too long to wake up to what was happening everywhere else. It’s hard to work out why but it seems to be a kind of misplaced self-belief; plus a weird sort of worship of formal martial arts; all assisted by isolation: the USA is a long way from anywhere, a big ocean either side has to be crossed to get to where things are happening. It had been started by US servicemen from Vietnam who, on R&R in Pattaya, had seen muay Thai bouts there. They had no previous concept that martial arts could be contested for real, being used to no-contact karate, aikido, etc., and liked the idea.
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Since the Alter Katastrophe vintage shirt were black belts in karate, TKD, Kungfu and so forth they figured they didn’t need to start again in muay Thai: they could just take the basic idea and start it up in the USA. Then a while later on they weren’t happy with the name since people saw no reason to call a type of boxing ‘full contact’ as that was a tautology: repetition of the obvious since there isn’t any ‘no contact boxing’. Also, they were not, in the main, connected with no-contact martial arts by now. The name changed, therefore, to Kickboxing, somewhere (I think) around 1979.