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Tenkaichi Super Fight squares off again

Date Posted: 2011-12-09

The Tenkaichi Super Fight, the largest martial arts event on Okinawa, is about to offer a new round of high level competition on Sunday, December 18th.

Kickboxing and MMA pro rules apply as Okinawan, American and Japanese fighters do battle in the Tenkaichi Super Fight, all-in-all a bout to decide “Who is the strongest fighter in Okinawa!” In this time event, there are three points worthy of note, the representative of Wild Seasar, the event sponsor,, Shikou Tomaru said.

First, the match to decide the welterweight class champion on MMA rule will be held. That championship is now vacant in the welterweight class. In practical terms, the last welterweight class champion will be crowned for the first time during this month’s event.

The second ranked Japanese fighter in the welterweight class, “Koji of Joytoy” and the third ranked American fighter in the class, Mike Wimmer who is assigned Camp Foster, will fight in the champion match. As the Japanese-American Fight pits two nations as well as two men, both the Japan national anthem and American national anthem will be heard at the champion match, and so, the venue will be covered by distinctive atmosphere. “One has to personally experience the venue to appreciate the distinctive atmosphere. The match will let you excite, seriously” Tomaru said.

There will also be two matches by women at the challenge match.
At the event, one match features Japanese women while the second pairs American women. The American women are military dependents from Okinawa.
Organizers predict the venue will heat up because one of the female fighters is a former world champion.

The element is when two Okinawan fighters will fight with fighters who belong to a group called “Krush” from mainland of Japan. The “Krush” is a group that has very strong connection with K-1 fighting. Traditionally, if people want to enter in the K-1 ring; they need to fight in the “Krush” group first. Two noted fighters of “Krush” will fight with Hiroto in the middleweight class and YUMA in the lightweight class.

Tomaru says “This is the last event of this year. The title match’s ambience is really unique! It is not surprising if either fighter wins. You can enjoy watching each bout, so come, watch and be excited!”

Preliminary matches take place starting at 4 p.m., before the Super Fight. The challenge matches are an amateur event that uses gloves bigger than those used in the Super Fight. No knees to the face are allowed, and the rounds are shorter for the fighter’s safety. These fights are the beginning steps for those wanting to test their training and eventually fight in the Super Fight.

Because of the matches’ information will be announced in English, spectators can feel free to watch the matches even if cannot understand Japanese. The venue is Koza Music Town in Okinawa City and will be open starting at 3:30 p.m., withchallenge matches starting at 4 p.m., before the Super Fight, which gets under way at 5 p.m.

Tickets are available at Wild Seasar in Chatan, Camps Foster and Hansen and Kadena BX Concession Mail Centers, and at Okinawa Market on Chuo Park Avenue. General seating tickets are 3500 or $45, Ring Side tickets are 4500 or $60, and Super Ring Side tickets are 5500 or $75.

Information in English is available Monday through Friday 6 p.m. ~ 9 p.m. at 098-926-1114, or by e-mail at tenka926@yahoo.co.jp.

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