Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall a number of fighters took part in their B license pro-test. One of those was former professional kick boxer Yanako Taniyama [谷山佳菜子], who had gone 16-3 as a kick boxer.
In October 2016 Taniyama suffered a serious injury to her knee and despite having a lot of time to rehab the injury she has never fully recovered, despite having had multiple surgeries to help with the injury. Due to the injuries her kick boxing career was essentially over but she didn't want to walk away from combat sports.
Instead of retiring Taniyama went to Tokyo this past May and visited the Watanabe gym, who have helped her prepare for today's test and will be promoting her career going forward.
Her pro-test saw her share the ring with former female amateur stand out Mizuki Chimoto [千本瑞規], who went 45-12 in the amateur ranks and had placed in the top 3 at several All Japan Women Championships.
Both fighters looked a little nervous but both are expected to have done enough to gain the B-class licenses and pass the tests.
(Image courtesy of Efight)
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