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Ultimate fighting event to debut July 11

Date Posted: 1999-07-09

Okinawa will host for the first time an “ultimate” style fighting event featuring some of the world's best international fighters. Local promoter Masaaki Asato and organizer Eddie Erazo will debut Kakidamishi: The Samurai Challenge on Sunday, July 11, an event set to showcase several world class kickboxing matches. Also planned are several “ultimate style” fights with only a minimum amount of rules.

Three team members from the local self defense club “Team Okinawa” will take on the ultimate challenge and test their skills in a “No Holds Barred” style match. Team Okinawa members Tim Jones, Jason Ross, and Rob Tallack will be fighting for their team members, local fans, and supporters. Tim Jones, head instructor for Team Okinawa, teaches jiu jitsu classes at Camp Foster and will be fighting for the Lightweight Championship. Jason Ross, a captain in the USMC will be competing in a kickboxing match, and Rob Tallack, Team Okinawa’s Canadian representative, made the long trip to do battle for the Heavyweight Championship title.

“We have a lot of talent on our team, and we all cross-train each other. Team Okinawa really is a team and not a dojo,” said Jones. “We each have different strengths and we learn boxing, kicking, and grappling skills from each other; guys like Tim Zlatich, Christian Bersamina, Tu Lem, Garrett Dacay, Izumi, Kevin Harris, Josh Lacar, they all prepare us for this kind of fight.”

Kakidamishi: The Samurai Challenge is sure to be a popular hit with the local American fans, as this will be the only event of its kind on Okinawa. Sunday, July 11, at the Budokan, located in Onoyama Park, Naha City, don't miss it. Stop by ITT+, or BookBox to purchase tickets. Call 926-2488 for more information.

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