Kazuyoshi Ishii

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Date of Birth June 10, 1953
Place of Birth Japan
Age 67 years old
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Kazuyoshi Ishii is a Japanese master of Seidokaikan karate and founder of the K-1 fighting circuit, a widely televised international martial arts competition combining Muay Thai, karate, sanshou, taekwondo, kenpo, boxing, and kickboxing. His karate training began with Kyokushin karate, but he formed his own karate organization in 1980, began promoting televised karate competitions, and started staging K-1 events in 1993.

Born: June 10, 1953, Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, Japan
Residence: Japan
Style: Seidokaikan Karate
Teacher(s): Hideyuki Ashihara
Notable students: Masaaki Satake, Nobuaki Kakuda

About Kazuyoshi Ishii

Seidokaikan karate master who founded the K-1 fighting circuit. He also formed his own karate organization in 1980.

Before Fame

When he was 16 he had already established a local Kyokushin dojo and later opened another in Osaka which proved to be very successful.

Achievement

He was connected with the Yakuza at a time where he linked to tax evasion and fraud among others.

Family Life

He grew up with two siblings in Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.

Associations

He was a karate master, the specific kind of karate master that George St-Pierre trained with in order to defend himself.

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