4 Interesting Facts about the History of K-1

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Ancient sports like K1 are coming to light again, and each day becomes more famous. This sport of combat is extending its borders to America. Find out more about the history of K1.

K1 Emerged In Japan

K-1 has its origins in 1980, the year in which Kazuyoshi Ishii created the style of Full Contact Seidokaikan in the city of Osaka.

From 1980 to 1993, Kazuyoshi Ishii organized numerous bouts of Seidokaikan against other martial arts schools initially using rules based on the rules of Kyokushin Karate but later gradually adapting to the rules of what we all now known as kickboxing.

But, it was in 1993 when Kazuyoshi Ishii, advised by Akira Maeda, founded the K-1 organization, and in that same year, the first edition of the K-1 World Grand Prix was held at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium.

The development of this sports discipline was accompanied by live broadcasts on regional television in Osaka that gained great acceptance by the public and brought the K1 matches to the Japanese national television.

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In the ’80s, new disciplines of contact sports and Karate schools were created worldwide. There was a growth of combats in Holland and Thailand, of fights to fist in the boxing league of Burma, in triathlons with the disciplines Karate, Kickboxing and fights of Kung Fu in the United States.


Since its foundation in 1993 until 2010, the organization has been growing every year organizing events with smaller circuits in various countries in Europe, Oceania and East Asia as well as America and South Africa. Its main event, the K-1 World Grand Prix, where the best kickboxers of the year face each other, will continue to compete every year in Japan, becoming known all over the world.

Financial Problems

As of 2010, many rumors began to emerge about the financial problems of K-1 and its company Fighting and Entertainment Group. In January 2011, Simon Rutz, owner of the Dutch kickboxing promotion It’s Showtime, claimed that some of the kickboxers under the rights of It’s Showtime had not received the salary corresponding to their participation in events organized by K-1.


Combat can end up by knockout, technical knockout, the decision of a jury or by disqualification. Both the referee and the ring doctor have full authority to stop the fight.

The combat is followed by three judges who score in a ten-point system, with the winner of each round receiving ten points, and the loser receiving nine or less. If the round is tied, both fighters receive ten points.

If there is still a tie, the judges will decide a winner based on the flow of the entire match, taking into account the slightest difference, not only if they make the majority of points.

A fight can only end in a tie if both wrestlers fall at the same time, and they cannot rise, or in the case of accidental injury in the later stages of the bout. The mandatory counting procedure is up to eight.

Now that you know a little more about the history of K1 and everything that happened to get the sport back to the top again, would you like to be a K1 fighter? Share this information with your friends.

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