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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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 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 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 22
UWF-Bushido.com

Yokohama Arena - Highlights from the World Martial Arts Championships:

Kazuo Yamazaki (wrestler/kick boxer) vs Koji Kitao (sumo/karate)

Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Matthew Saad Mohammed (former WBC world boxing champion)

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Gary Albright

... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" Episode 24

Tonight!:

Makoto Ohe vs. Fernando Calleros (Muay Thai kickboxing UWFi style!)

Fleming & Anjo vs. Nakano & Burton (TAG TEAM FIGHT)

Nobuhiko Takada vs Steve Cox (MAIN EVENT)

... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 25

The battles become war!



Hiromitsu Kanehara vs Yoshihiro Takayama

Yukoh Miyato vs Masahito Kakihara

Albright & Silver vs. Yamazaki & Tamura (TAG TEAM FIGHT)
... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 26

From Sapporo, Japan! Tonight we have FIVE fights:



Hiromitsu Kanehara vs Yoshihiro Takayama

Nakano & Burton vs Miyato & Kakihara (TAG TEAM ACTION)

Kiyoshi Tamura vs Ray Lloyd

Yamazaki & Silver vs Takada & Fleming (TAG TEAM ACTION)

Gary Albright vs. Bad News Allen
... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 27

From Korakuen Hall:

Makoto Ohe vs. Damien Meyer (Muay Thai kickboxing UWFi style!)

Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Yoji Anjoh

MAIN EVENT: Takada & Fleming vs. Cox & Yamazaki (TAG TEAM)

... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 28

From the Civic Arena in Osaka, Japan:

Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Tom Burton

Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Mark Silver

Masahito Kakihara vs. Tatsuo Nakano

MAIN EVENT: Mark Fleming vs. Yukoh Miyato

... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 29

From Korakuen Hall in Tokyo:

Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Hiromitsu Kanehara

Masahito Kakihara vs. Mark Silver

Tatsuo Nakano vs. Yukoh Miyato

MAIN EVENT: Gary Albright vs. Bad News Allen

... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Program 30

From the Civic Arena in Osaka, Japan:

Steve Cox vs. Kiyoshi Tamura

Yoji Anjoh vs. Kazuo Yamazaki

MAIN EVENT: Gary Albright vs. Nobuhiko Takada

... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 32

From the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan:

THE WORLD MARTIAL ARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS!

Mark Silver vs. Yoshihiro Takayama

Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Kiyoshi Tamura

MAIN EVENT: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Koji Kitao

... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 31

From the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan:

Makoto Ohe Kungpon Geyu Samrick (MUAY THAI KICKBOXING)

Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Tom Burton

Yoji Anjoh vs The Iron Sheik

MAIN EVENT: Kakihara & Miyato vs. Albright & Fleming

... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 33

Yet another action-filled fight card:



Makoto Ohe vs. David Cummings (MUAY THAI UWFi Style!)

Takayama & Kanehara vs. Silver & Lydick (TAG TEAM FIGHT)

Yukoh Miyato vs. Dan Severn

Masahito Kakihara vs. Yoji Anjoh

MAIN EVENT: Takada & Yamazaki vs. Albright & Fleming (TAG TEAM FIGHT)
... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 34

We're at Ryogoku-Kokugikan, the Sumo Arena, for more action:

Ohe & Chowaikung vs. Lovato & Calleros (MUAY THAI TAG TEAM FIGHT!)

Mark Silver vs. Tom Burton

MAIN EVENT: Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Hiromitsu Kanehara
... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 35

Legendary matches back at the Sumo Arena:

Yukoh Miyato vs. Bad News Allen

Dan Severn vs. Yoji Anjoh

Gary Albright vs. Masahito Kakihara

Nobuhiko Takada vs. Dennis Koslowski

then Nobuhiko Takada vs. Naoki Sano!
... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 36

REAL Professional Wrestling at the Osaka Civic Arena:

Lydick & Nakano vs. Burton & Anjoh

Masahito Kakihara vs. Naoki Sano

Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Dan Severn

Gary Albright vs. Dennis Koslowski
... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 37

Back at the Osaka Civic Arena for more brutal wrestling action:

Steve Day vs. Hiromitsu Kanehara

Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Mark Fleming

Yokoh Miyato vs. Bad New Allen

Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Nobuhiko Takada
... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 38

The Budokan hosts UWFi fights:

Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Bad News Allen

Yukoh Miyato vs. Kazuo Yamazaki

Naoki Sano vs. Kiyoshi Tamura
... keep reading

UWF Bushido "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 39

From the legendary Budokan in Tokyo:

TAG TEAM: Lydick & Burton vs. Anjoh and Kakihara

Dennis Koslowski vs. Garl Albright

Dan Severn vs. Nobuhiko Takada
... keep reading