|Name Akio Mori|
Native name 武蔵
Years active 14 (1995–2009)
Weight 103 kg
Trained by Frankie Liles
|Style Seidokaikan karate|
Trainer Frankie Liles
Height 1.85 m
|Born Akio Mori (森昭生) October 17, 1972 (age 43)Sakai, Osaka, Japan (1972-10-17) |
Movies Kamen Rider Kabuto: God Speed Love, The God Tongue Movie: Kiss gaman senshuken
Similar People Peter Aerts, Glaube Feitosa, Ray Sefo, Ernesto Hoost, Remy Bonjasky
Akio Mori (森 昭生, Mori Akio, born October 17, 1972), better known by the name Musashi (武蔵), is a Japanese former professional karateka and kickboxer. He is a four-time K-1 Japan tournament champion, a former WAKO Heavyweight Muay Thai champion and two-time K-1 World Grand Prix finalist. He announced his retirement and decided to end his 14-year professional career at a press conference in Tokyo on August 26, 2009.
He holds notable wins over Ray Sefo, Peter Aerts, Sam Greco and Bob Sapp.
K1 dynamite 2008 gegard mousasi vs musashi
Biography and career
Mori was born in Sakai, Osaka, Japan. After he started practicing Seido-kaikan (正道会館) karate he took his ring name from the famous samurai of the same name Musashi Miyamoto, since his kicking techniques is said to resemble the latter's sword-slashing moves. Musashi was trained by former WBA Super Middleweight Boxing Champion (1994-1999) Frankie Liles. His elder brother Tomo fought in the K-1 Middleweight division.
Throughout his long K-1 career Musashi made it to the K-1 World Grand Prix seven times. He made it to the finals twice; both times he lost to Remy Bonjasky, via decision.
Musashi's entrance theme was made by Japanese heavy metal band Loudness. The song is called "Battleship Musashi." Musashi took part in a Loudness 25th anniversary concert at Tokyo International forum where he congratulated the band. Musashi also plays Issei Kurosaki/Kamen Rider Caucasus in Kamen Rider Kabuto: God Speed Love and the video game Kamen Rider: Battride War series.
Musashi fought his last K-1 fight against longtime veteran and rival Jerome Lebanner at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Final 16. Musashi put on a valiant performance in the fight by avoiding Jerome's heavy punches and landing his own punches, until the final 40 seconds where Musashi was knocked down by a powerful combo. In the end, it was a unanimous decision loss for Musashi. Although fans saw him in very good shape and he put up a very strong fight, Musashi announced that he would retire after the fight and would not enter the ring again.