UnderGround Forums The first K-1 World Grand Prix (1993)

2/13/20 7:15 PM
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While one martial arts organisation was being established in America in 1993, across the water in Tokyo, Japan - the birth of another would give rise to the greatest era of kickboxing the world had ever seen. K-1 was an organisation that gave a platform to a who's who of kickboxing, karate, muay thai and other stand-up disciplines.

Its biggest event of the year was the K-1 World Grand Prix, which pitted the best fighters in the world against each other in a knockout style tournament. Its winners would capture the admiration and respect of the Japanese fans, giving them celebrity-level attention they had never seen before. During the 90's, K-1 was huge - once packing over 74,000 people into Tokyo Dome for the K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 final. 

Its first Grand Prix took place on April 30th, 1993. In front of a crowd of 12,000 people - it featured kickboxing legends Ernesto Hoost and Peter Aerts, along with many other notables like tough karateka Masaaki Satake, Todd Hays from Rickson Gracie's documentary "Choke", Croatian hard man - Branko Cikatic, future UFC HW champion - Maurice Smith, a talented but undersized thai-boxer - Changpuek Kiatsongrit and Japanese karateka - Toshiyuki Atokawa. 








2/13/20 7:19 PM
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I loved LOVED K-1 when it was still at its best. Thanks for posting this. Its been a while.

2/14/20 7:45 AM
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Love K1, rewatch some of them every now and then and have a beer or 2 in Andy's memory :)


If you watch a couple of victory speeches of Peter Aerts back then, and compare it to how slurred he sounded in the commentary booth with Frank Trigg in Rizin a couple of years ago, then the impacts of head trauma seem really horrifying. 

Although I thing Frank had said he was quite drunk that night so I hope that was the case. The amount of punishment these guys took on the GP nights were truly brutal, so I have mad respect for all of them.

I always feel kinda bad that this is my favorite entertainment, watching people beat eachother up and possibly get permanent damage from headshots and other body trauma that accumulates over their careers. 

2/14/20 8:47 AM
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Thanks for posting, I don't think I ever watched the 93 GP, always meant to but never did.

2/14/20 8:50 AM
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In a thread dealing with Japan and firsts... here is the first Japanese NYE event, Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2000. Coleman, Kerr, Saku, Frye, Shamrock, Renzo, Rutten, etc... in pro wrestling.


2/14/20 10:51 AM
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1993 was the big year for Martial Arts. Both UFC, K-1 and Pancrase all started that year.

2/15/20 4:36 PM
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Mr Karate - 

1993 was the big year for Martial Arts. Both UFC, K-1 and Pancrase all started that year.


2/26/20 6:46 AM
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