UWF: BUSHIDO

NOW STREAMING ALL 75 HOUR-LONG EPISODES OF "BUSHIDO: WAY OF THE WARRIOR"


Takada with Lou Thesz, Danny Hodge, and Billy Robinson

UWFi was a Japanese proto-MMA professional wrestling promotion that aimed to show that real, tough, submission wrestling could draw large crowds again. Their aim was to bring back credibility and respect back to the world of professional wrestling.

There are too many styles in the world of pro-wrestling today responsible for the bad reputation that pro-wrestling is sometimes associated with. In particular the "loud-mouthed", popular style that puts a premium on appearance and useless muscles, silly costumes, and trademark "cartoon" characters but very little premium on competitive wrestling, character, or proven skill.

From the UWFi perspective, that kind of show only encourages body abuse and sends the wrong sort of message to audiences, especially younger ones. The UWFi message is to get into the gym; get on the mat, learn from your elders and betters, respect your opponents, and do your best.

The UWFi matched all types of athletes; boxers, kickboxers, wrestlers, martial artists to show how effective the UWFi style is. The UWFi aimed to bring real professional wrestling back to the world!

You may not know this but LONG before Ultimate Fighting Championships and before the Pride Fighting Championships, the UWFi aired a PPV to answer the question;

"What REALLY happens when you mix martial arts styles in competition?! Who will come out on top of everyone else?"

In the early 1980's a group of wrestlers electrified the Japanese pro-wrestling scene. At the height of their popularity they quit pro-wrestling and joined a new promotion called the U.W.F. Their style was called "SHOOTING" (and old wrestling term for when you mean to really do someone in).

Combining elements of kickboxing, Sambo, jiu-jitsu, and catch-as-catch-can wrestling into a new exciting, dangerous and deadly promotion, they began moving professional wrestling away from the theatrics and back toward sport. The addition of kicks and hitting created more action than had ever been seen before.

Some of the members found the fighting too physically grueling and injury inducing. They retired from the ring or they went back to the pro-wrestling circuit. The remaining fighters regrouped and quickly rose to great popularity. At their peak they were able to sell out the 50,000+ seat Tokyo Dome in three hours (a feat the even UFC hasn't matched). People lined up the day before and slept in the streets to see them.

Former real wrestling greats and fighters came to Japan and passed their style of wrestling to the eager, young fighters.

The UWFi shoot-style wrestling promotion gave many fans their first glimpse of martial art legends like:

Kazushi Sakuraba
Nobuhiko Takada
Gary Albright
Dan Severn
Mark Fleming
Kiyoshi Tamura
Kazuo Yamazaki
Yukoh Miyato
Bad News Allen

...the promotion was lent help by legends Lou Thesz (acting commissioner of UWF),
Billy Robinson (head coach), and Danny Hodge (coach)!

The Rules:

A fight is won by knockout, submission, Doctor/referee order stop or points. The point system works as follows: Opponents start with a set number of points. In a singles match it is 15 and in a tag team match it is 21 points.

One point is deducted when a man grabs the rope to stop the action. One point is deducted for a good suplex (a take-down from behind throwing the opponent on his back and head, a dangerous, painful move). Three points are deducted on a colored scoreboard as the fight is in progress for a knockdown.

Some offensive tactics are prohibited: you cannot headbutt, punch to the head with a closed fist (to the body, however, is ok), scratch, bite, eye gouge or attack the groin. Pretty much everything else is allowed.

You can slap or use the heel of the hand to the head. Time limits are set to between 20 and 60 minutes, but fights rarely go to the limit. When a fighter has both hands and knees on the ground, an opponent may attack to anywhere but the head. If even one hand is raised, the head may be attacked.

When a submission hold is applied, the referee pays close attention as it is very dangerous. It is easy to break bones, snap tendons and joints with such tactics. The referee will break the action if an opponent submits and will award the fight to the winner.

If a fighter grabs the ropes, the referee stops the action and a point is deducted. That's why you see a fighter try to get his opponent in the middle of the ring so he can't escape. If the wrestlers naturally roll into the ropes, action is stopped and points are not deducted. A 10 count is given for a knockdown, as in boxing.

However, point wins were rare since the wrestlers, despite how far behind on points, could still win by simply submitting their opponent (in a tag match, the legal opponent) or knocking them out cold.

The commitment to brutal realism was instrumental in the UWFi becoming the smashing success that it did. In fact, Thesz and Takada offered legitimate challenges to other Japanese Pro Wrestling promotions (like New Japan Pro Wrestling) and Takada took on genuinely tough men such as Russian wrestler (and former IWGP Heavyweight Champion) Salman Hashimikov, and fought former WBC Heavyweight Champion Trevor Berbick (in one of the most bizarre shoots in modern history. It really has to be seen to be believed)

With countless hours of fight footage, you will be shocked, amazed and entertained.

UWFi ROSTER

Japanese:
Nobuhiko Takada
Hiromitsu Kanehara
Kazushi Sakuraba
Kazuo Yamazaki
Kiyoshi Tamura
Naoki Sano
Yoshihiro Takayama
Yoji Anjoh
Masahito Kakihara
Tatsuo Nakano
Kenichi Yamamoto
Yukoh Miyato
Masakazu Maeda
Shunsuke Matsui
Ryuki Ueyama
Makoto Ohe (kickboxer)

"Foreigners":
Gary Albright
Dan Severn
Mark Fleming
Victor Zangiev
Salman Hashimikov
Vladimir Berkovitch
Bob Backlund
Gene Lydick
JT Southern
James Stone
Bad News Allen
Tom Burton
Steve Nelson
Mark Silver
Billy (Jack) Scott
Dennis Koslowski
Tommy Cairo
Steve Cox
Greg Bobchuck
Pez Whatley
Jim Boss
Bowy Chowaikun (kickboxer)


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Premier Episode - UWF "Bushido: Way of the Warrior"

From the Korakuen Hall in the Land of the Rising Sun comes Bushido: Way of the Warrior! The premier episode features the following fights:

Masahito Kakihara vs. Kiyoshi Tamura

Tag Team: Anjoh & Miyato vs. Nakano & Yamazaki

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Tom Burton

... keep reading

UWF "Bushido: Way of the Warrior" - Episode 2
Jake

From Korakuen Hall, Bushido: Way of the Warrior continues! Episode Two features the following five fights:

Rudy Lovato vs. Makato Ohe

Tom Burton vs. Kiyoshi Tamura

Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Yukoh Miyato

Tatsuo Nakano vs. Yoji Anjoh

Nobuhiko Takada vs. J.T. Southern

... keep reading

UWF "Bushido: Way of the Warrior" - Episode 3
Jake

More brutality from Korakuen Hall! Episode Three features the following four fights:

Tom Burton vs. Yukoh Miyato

Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Yoji Anjoh

J.T. Southern vs. Kazuo Yamazaki

Tatsuo Nakano vs. Nobuhiko Takada

... keep reading

UWF "Bushido: Way of the Warrior" - Episode 4
Jake

Stellar fights from Hakata Starlane! Episode Four features the following four fights:

Juan Arellano vs. Makoto Ohe

Yukoh Miyato vs. Tatsuo Nakano

Billy Scott vs. Kazuo Yamazaki

Anjoh & Boss vs. Tamura & Takada

... keep reading

UWF "Bushido: Way of the Warrior" - Episode 5

Filmed lived at Shizuoka Taikukaiken! Episode Five explodes with the following four fights:

Makoto Ohe vs. Merv Wihnon

Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Yukoh Miyato

Gary Albright vs. Yoji Anjoh

Nakano & Yamazaki vs. Scott & Takada

... keep reading

UWF "Bushido: Way of the Warrior" Episode 6
Jake

Five awesome fights from Sapporo! On the card:

Raphael Aguilera vs. Makoto Ohe (muay thai kickboxing)

Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Tatsu Nakano

Yukoh Miyato vs. Gary Albright

Yoji Anjoh vs. Kazuo Yamazaki

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Bob Backlund

... keep reading

UWF "Bushido: Way of the Warrior" - Episode 7
Jake

Korakuen Hall is the venue this week and the fights are:

Sakchai Sakawettaia vs. Makoto Ohe (muay thai kickboxing)

Burton & Nakano vs. Miyato & Tamura

Billy Scott vs. Yoji Anjoh

Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Nobuhiko Takada

... keep reading

UWF "Bushido: Way of the Warrior" - Episode 8
Jake

Straight out of Osaka, this week's fight card is:

Burton & Anjoh vs. Miyato & Tamura (tag team action)

Tatsuo Nakano vs. Gary Albright

Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Billy Scott

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Bob Backlund

... keep reading

UWF "Bushido: Way of the Warrior" Episode 9

This week's show is in Ryogoku Kokugikan and feature the following five fights:

Jim Boss vs. Masahito Kakihara

Yukoh Miyato vs. Tom Burton

Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Gary Albright

Yoji Anjoh vs. Bob Backlund

Tatsuo Nakano vs. Kazuo Yamazaki

... keep reading

UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 10

Cannot be missed CLASSIC "boxer vs. wrestler" fights from Ryogoku Kokugikan (with a special appearance by Lou Thesz!):


IBF World Cruiserweight Champion James Warring vs. Billy Scott

Nobuhiko Takada vs. WBC Heavyweight Champion Trevor Berbick (has to be seen to be believed!)

... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 11

Korakuen Hall, Osaka, and Shizuoka Taikukaikan play host to this week's show, honoring Tag Team matches only:

Yamazaki & Nakano vs. Miyato & Anjoh

Burton & Anjoh vs. Miyato & Tamura

Nakano & Yamazaki vs. Scott & Takada

... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 12

This week:

Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Yukoh Miyato

Tatsuo Nakano vs. Yoji Anjoh

Yoji Anjoh vs. Billy Scott

Tom Burton vs. Kiyoshi Tamura

J.T. Southern vs. Kazuo Yamazaki

Tatsuo Nakano vs. Gary Albright
... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 13

This episode we focus exclusively upon the fights of Nobuhiko Takada.

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Tom Burton

Tatsuo Nakano vs. Nobuhiko Takada

Nobuhiko Takada vs. J.T. Southern

Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Nobuhiko Takada

... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 14

Five battles:

Hiromisu Kanehara vs. Masakazu Maeda

Tom Burton vs. Masahito Kakihara

Tatsuo Nakano vs. J.T. Southern

Yukoh Miyato vs. Kiyoshi Tamura

TAG TEAM: Yamazaki & Anjoh vs. Albright & Boss

... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 15

Korakuen Hall hosts:

Hiromisu Kanehara vs. Masakazu Maeda

J.T. Southern vs. Masahito Kakihara

Tamura & Miyato vs. Nakano & Silver

TAG TEAM ACTION: Takada & Yamazaki vs. Burton & Albright

... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 16

A "Best Of" show with very special guest appearance by Lou Thesz:

Yukoh Miyato vs. Yoji Anjoh (two VERY tough wrestlers...)

Mark Silver vs. Kiyoshi Tamura (if you like Sakuraba, you MUST see Tamura on the mat!)

Makoto Ohe vs. Pat Kane (Muay Thai UWFi-Style!)

... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 17

Brutal Professional Wrestling action from Japan:

Masakazu Maeda vs. Hiromitsu Kanehara

Tatsuo Nakano vs. Pez Whatley

Kazuo Yamazake vs. Tom Burton

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Mark Fleming

MAIN EVENT: Gary Albright vs. Masahito Kakihara

... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 18

The UWFi gets into full swing:

Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Masakazu Maeda

TAG TEAM: Fleming & Anjoh vs. Miyato & Tamura

MAIN EVENT: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Steve Day

... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 19

From the Land of the Rising Sun more Bushido fights:

Mark Silver vs. Masahiro Kakihara

Tom Burton vs. Tatsu Nakano

Gary Albright vs. Kazuo Yamazaki

... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 20

The battles become war!



Tatsuo Nakano vs Tom Burton

Masahito Kakihara vs Mark Silver

MAIN EVENT: Yukoh Miyato vs. Mark Fleming
... keep reading