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Musashi (kickboxer)

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Name  Akio Mori
Native name  武蔵
Years active  14 (1995–2009)
Weight  103 kg
Nationality  Japan
Total  85
Trained by  Frankie Liles
Style  Seidokaikan karate
Role  Kickboxer
Draws  5
Trainer  Frankie Liles
Height  1.85 m

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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.


  • 2004 K-1 World Grand Prix runner up
  • 2003 K-1 World Grand Prix runner up
  • 2003 K-1 Japan GP champion
  • 2002 K-1 Japan GP champion
  • 2001 K-1 Japan GP runner up
  • 2000 K-1 Japan GP champion
  • 1999 WAKO World Heavyweight Muay Thai champion
  • 1999 K-1 Japan GP champion
  • References

    Musashi (kickboxer) Wikipedia