This week in history (22 March – 28 March)

22 March

On 22 March 1995, Brazilian, Francisco Filho, a future World Champion, attempted the 100-Man Kumite Challenge. He had previously completed the challenge in Brazil. He completed the challenge in 3 hours 8 minutes. He won 76 flights (26 by Ippon, 50 by decision); drew 24 fights; and lost 0 fights. To date, Filho is the only man (apart from Oyama) to complete the challenge twice.


23 March

On 23 March 1996, South African Kyokushin practitioner, Marius Schoeman, became the thirteenth man to complete the 100-Man Kumite Challenge.


25 March

On 25 March 2017, Hiroki Kurosawa died from acute heart failure. He was only 54 years old. At his family’s request, he was cremated in a small private summer ceremony.

One of the most devastating and destructive fighters, Hiroki Kurosawa was known for his relentless attacks and powerful and kicks. Known as the “Japanese Wolf“, he was one of the greatest Kyokushin fighters of his generation, alongside Kenji Midori and Kenji Yamaki.


28 March

On 28 March 2009, Jacques Legree helped organise the 23rd Martial Arts Festival at Paris Bercy. The festival, and annual event, had 18,000 spectators in attendance. The event was normally organised by Karate Bushido Magazine. This year it was held in conjunction with a small Kyokushin tournament.

Author: Patrick Donkor

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