Taiei Kin

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Kin Taiei
BornKin Taiei
(1970-07-08) July 8, 1970 (age 48)
Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan
Native name金 泰泳 / 김 태영
Other namesKin-chan
NationalityJapanese (South Korean descent)
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight85 kg (187 lb; 13.4 st)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
StyleSeidokaikan Karate
TeamSeido kaikan
Rankblack belt in Seidokaikan[1]
Years active1992–present
Kickboxing record
By knockout6
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By knockout1
By submission1
Other information
UniversityKorea University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: September 26, 2009

Kin Taiei (Korean: 김태영, Hanja: 金泰泳; born July 8, 1970) is a Korean-Japanese light heavyweight karateka, kickboxer and mixed martial artist competing in K-1 and DREAM. He's also a karate instructor and a trainer for professional fighters. His name is sometimes pronounced as "Kim Tae Yong" in Korean.

Before switching to MMA, Kin was a distinguished fighter in the K-1, praised by both Peter Aerts and Ernesto Hoost as the best fighter to come out of Asia.[2]


Early years[edit]

Kin Taiei(金泰泳) was born as the eldest son in Amagasaki city of Hyogo prefecture, Japan on July 8, 1970. As he is the eldest son, he's got a younger brother. Both of his parents worked till late at night, he was sent to Karate dojo for combing the care with a nursery school. He took an interest in football (soccer) at 4th year of elementary school, and dropped out training karate at 6th year. He won the Japanese national championship for junior high schools at the 3rd year. When he was a student of Kobe Korean Senior High school, he tried to start practicing boxing because he had a longing for foreign boxers, but he joined karate team in his school because his parents objected strongly. For this reason, he also joined the karate team of Korea University in Tokyo when he became a university student. During his university life, he participated a full contact karate championship promoted by Sato juku, but he was beaten by Nobuaki Kakuda. Although he lost, he was evaluated highly by Kazuyoshi Ishii, and he was invited to Seidokaikan. Thus, Kin became to be a student of Seidokaikan in Osaka after graduation of university.


On January 31, 1993, Kin participated "The 2nd Towa Cup Karate Japan Open Tournament", but he was beaten by Masaaki Satake in the final.

On June 25, he fought against Changpuek Kiatsongrit from Thailand for the vacant title of UKF World Light heavyweight championship at the event of "Sanctuary III", but he lost by decision.


Kickboxing record[edit]

Professional kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Karate record[edit]

Professional karate record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 4-3 Henry Miller TKO (corner stoppage) Heat - Heat 16 November 6, 2008 1 4:01 Osaka, Japan
Loss 3-3 Zelg Galesic TKO (elbow injury) Dream 4: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 Second Round June 15, 2008 1 1:05 Yokohama, Japan
Win 3-2 Ikuhisa Minowa Decision (unanimous) Dream 2: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 First Round April 29, 2008 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 2-2 Zelg Galešić TKO (doctor stoppage) Hero's 2007 in Korea October 28, 2007 1 0:36 Seoul, South Korea
Win 2-1 Kiyoshi Tamura Decision (unanimous) Hero's 9 July 16, 2007 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 1-1 Tokimitsu Ishizawa KO (head kick) K-1 Premium Dynamite!! 2006 December 31, 2006 1 2:48 Osaka, Japan
Loss 0-1 Yoshihiro Akiyama Technical Submission (armbar) Hero's 6 August 5, 2006 1 2:01 Tokyo, Japan Hero's 2006 Light Heavyweight Grand Prix quarter-final.

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