andy hug ” THE SAMOURAI”

Andy Hug "THE SAMOURAI"

 

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Born     Andreas Hug
September 7, 1964
Zurich, Switzerland
Died     August 24, 2000 (aged 35)
Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan

Other names The Blue-Eyed Samurai
Iron Man (Tetsujin in Japanese)
Mr. K-1
Typhoon

Nationality     Swiss
Height     1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight     97.7 kg (215 lb; 15.39 st)
Division Heavyweight

Style     Kyokushin Karate, Seidokaikan Karate, Kickboxing,
Fighting out of Lucerne, Switzerland
Team     Team Andy Hug
Dojo Kamakura
Hiranaka Boxing School Gym
Rank     5th degree black belt in Kyokushin Karate
Years active     23 (1977-2000)

Kickboxing record
Total     47
Wins     37
By knockout     21
Losses     9
By knockout     6
Draws     1

Notable students:
Xhavit Bajrami
Björn Bregy, Petar Majstorovic, Michael McDonald

 

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Andreas Hug was born in Zurich, Switzerland on September 7, 1964. His father, Arthur, was a French Foreign Legionnaire who died in Thailand under mysterious circumstances without ever seeing his son, and his mother, Madelaine Hug-Baumann, was forced to pursue gainful employment. Unable to care for Andy, she immediately put him up for adoption and he spent the first three years of his life in an orphanage until his care was taken over by his grandparents along with his brother, Charly, and sister, Fabienne. His grandmother, Fridy, and grandfather, Herrmann Baumann, a bricklayer, raised them in Wohlen in the Canton of Aargau.

 

Hug began playing association football competitively at the age of six and went on to represent the Switzerland national under-16 football team. However, his home situation also made him a target for bullying and at ten years old, he started practising Kyokushinkai karate at Wohlen karate school under Werner Schenker despite strong opposition from his grandfather initially. His grandmother saw the boy's passion for the art and eventually convinced the grandfather to relent. By thirteen, he began to show promise as a karateka by winning numerous beginners' karate tournaments and his grandparents eventually forced him to decide between perusing football and karate, since they were no longer in a position to pay for both. He chose karate and at fifteen won the 1979 Swiss Oyama Cup, a national Kyokushin competition. Although full contact karate tournaments carried with them a minimum age of twenty, he showed so much potential as one of the country's biggest prospects that the Swiss Karate Federation allowed the teenaged prodigy to compete nonetheless.

 

andy hug young in kyokushin

andy in foutball

 

Following his breakout performance in the Oyama Cup, Hug earned himself a place on the Swiss national Kyokushin team and then became the co-founder of a dojo in Bremgarten aged seventeen. He completed his butchery apprenticeship in 1984 and took a job in Wohlen's main wholesale butchery. However, his need for time off work regularly to compete in tournaments and occasional injuries which hindered his work performance meant that a shadow was cast over his working relationship and he was released from his contract by mutual agreement in 1986.

 

Considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight kickboxers of all time, along with Mirko Filipović, Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky, Ernesto Hoost and Semmy Schilt, Hug was renowned for his ability to execute numerous kicking techniques rarely seen in high level competition and although he was usually smaller than his opponents, standing at 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) and being barely a heavyweight, weighing around 98.0 kg (216.1 lb; 15.43 st) in his prime, he made up for his lack of size with his tremendous athleticism and speed. A southpaw, his trademark kicks included the axe kick and the "Hug Tornado", a low spinning heel kick targeting his opponents' thighs.

 

 

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Beginning his full contact karate career in the 80 kg/176 lb middleweight division, he rose to prominence in the late 1970s and early 1980s by winning numerous regional tournaments around Europe and made the transition to heavyweight in 1984. That same year, he competed in the Kyokushin World Open, knockdown karate's most prestigious competition, for the first time and made it to the fourth round where he was eliminated by Shokei Matsui. Returning to Europe, he won his first major title in the form of the 3rd European Championships in 1985 before entering World Open again in 1987. He became the first non-Japanese fighter to make it to the final of the competition but again lost to Shokei Matsui. Another European Championships win would follow in 1989 and he fought in his third and final World Open in 1991, losing a controversial bout to Francisco Filho in the third round.

Andy Hug before the fight

world championship 1987 winner matsui, 2nd andy hug

 

 

 

 

 

 

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andy Tameshiwari

 

 kyokushin Record

 

1991      Loss  vs  Brazil Francisco Filho  at the 5th Kyokushin World Open, Third Round Tokyo, Japan     Ippon

1989      Loss vs England Michael Thompson at the 6th European Kyokushin Championships, Final          Budapest, Hungary

 

1989      Win vs England Michael Thompson  at 5th European Kyokushin Championships, Final Budapest, Hungary

 

1988      Win  vs Japan Kenji Midori          at the 1st Sursee Cup, Final        Sursee, Switzerland

november 1987               Loss vs  Japan Shokei Matsui      4th Kyokushin World Open, Final            Tokyo, Japan                 Decision

 

november 1987               Win  vs Japan Akira Masuda       4th Kyokushin World Open, Fifth Round              Tokyo, Japan                 Decision

november 1987               Win  vs Brazil Ademir da Costa 4th Kyokushin World Open, Fourth Round         Tokyo, Japan                 Awase ippon

november 1987               Win vs Japan Yasuhiro Kuwashima          4th Kyokushin World Open, Third Round             Tokyo, Japan    Ippon

november 1987               Win vs  Japan Masashi Kimoto 4th Kyokushin World Open, Second Round        Tokyo, Japan                 Decision

november 1987               Win  vs Germany Stefan Gopel                4th Kyokushin World Open, First Round              Tokyo, Japan    Ippon

1987 Loss vs       England Michael Thompson       4th European Kyokushin Championships, Semi Finals    Katowice, Poland

1986      Loss  vs England Michael Thompson       11th Kyokushin British Open, Semi Finals            London, England

december 1985                Win vs Denmark Klaus Rex         3rd European Kyokushin Championships, Final                 Barcelona, Spain              Decision

Wins the 3rd European Kyokushin Championships Heavyweight Gold Medal.

april 1985 Win   Netherlands Michel Wedel        2nd Ibusz Oyama Cup, Final       Budapest, Hungary

 

Having become a popular fighter in Japan due to his technical diversity, spectacular aesthetics, tactics and strength, Andy Hug made the switch from Kyokushinkaikan to Seidokaikan in 1992, completing the step from being an amateur to becoming a professional fighter and star in Japan. After winning the 1992 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup, beating Taiei Kin in the final, and finishing as runner-up to Masaaki Satake in the 1993 edition, Hug then transitioned to K-1 kickboxing, scoring a first round knockout of Ryuji Murakami in his professional debut at K-1 Andy's Glove in November 1993.

 

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After a breakout win over K-1 Grand Prix '93 Champion Branko Cikatić in March 1994, Hug entered the K-1 Grand Prix '94 a month later as one of the tournament favourites but was upset by Patrick Smith via first round stoppage in the quarter-finals. Undeterred, Hug continued to improve his skills for the kickboxing ring and rebounded by winning the Universal Kickboxing Federation (UKF) World Super Heavyweight Championship in December 1994 when he knocked out Rob van Esdonk. He suffered another setback at the K-1 Grand Prix '95 Qualifying Round when he was stopped by Mike Bernardo but he would have his revenge the following year at the K-1 Grand Prix '96 when he won the tournament by finishing Bernardo with the "Hug Tornado" in the final. He continued to be one of K-1's top contenders in the following years, reaching the final of the K-1 World Grand Prix twice more (in 1997 and 1998) and becoming a three-time world champion by taking the WMTC and WKA titles under Muay Thai rules.

 

seidokaikan record

 

1995-10-08            Win    England Michael Thompson      1995 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup             Osaka, Japan          Decision (unanimous)      5         3:00   13-1

1994-10-02 1995-10-08            Win   versus            England Michael Thompson      1995 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup             Osaka, Japan          Decision (unanimous)      5         3:00             13-1

1994-10-02            Win   versus United States Duke Roufus        1994 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup   Osaka, Japan          KO (Kick to the Body)       3         2:17   12-1

1993-10-03             Loss   versus           Japan Masaaki Satake      K-1 Illusion 1993 Karate World Cup Final      Osaka, Japan          Tameshiwari           5         3:00   11–1

For the 1993 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup Championship.  After four overtime rounds, the bout went to sudden death where Hug lost in a Tameshiwari contest.

1993-10-03             Win   versus           Japan Toshiyuki Atokawa           K-1 Illusion 1993 Karate World Cup, Semi Finals   Osaka, Japan          Decision        1         3:00   11–0

1993-10-02    Win  versus          Thailand Changpuek Kiatsongrit          K-1 Illusion 1993 Karate World Cup, Quarter Finals         Osaka, Japan          Decision        1         3:00   10–0

1993-10-02  Win  versus            Japan Yoshinori Arata      K-1 Illusion 1993 Karate World Cup, First Round Osaka, Japan          KO      1                     9–0

1993-06-25            Win  versus  Japan Minoru Fujita         K-1 Sanctuary III    Osaka, Japan             Decision        1         3:00   8–0

1993-04-30            Win  versus  Japan Nobuaki Kakuda    K-1 Grand Prix '93            Tokyo, Japan             KO (left knee)         2         1:26   7–0

1992-10-04            Win  versus  Japan Taiei Kin

1992 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup, Final                                                 6–0

Wins the 1992 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup Championship.

1992-10-03            Win  versus  Japan Shuji Suzuki            1992 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup, Semi Finals              KO (Awase Ippon)                                    5–0

1992-10-02            Win  versus  Japan Minoru Fujita         1992 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup, Quarter Finals                    Decision        1         3:00   4–0

1992-10-02            Win versus   Japan Nobuaki Kakuda    1992 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup, Second Round                    Ippon                                    3–0

1992-10-02            Win  versus  Japan Gozen Morita         1992 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup, First Round              Ippon                                    2–0

1992-07-30            Win versus   Japan Toshiyuki Yanagisawa      Seidokaikan Kakutogi Olympic II         Tokyo, Japan          Decision        5         1:00   1–0    Win    United States Duke Roufus             1994 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup Osaka, Japan          KO (Kick to the Body)       3             2:17   12-1

1993-10-03            Loss  versus Japan Masaaki Satake      K-1 Illusion 1993 Karate World Cup Final   Osaka, Japan          Tameshiwari           5         3:00   11–1

For the 1993 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup Championship.  After four overtime rounds, the bout went to sudden death where Hug lost in a Tameshiwari contest.

1993-10-03            Win versus   Japan Toshiyuki Atokawa           K-1 Illusion 1993 Karate World Cup, Semi Finals     Osaka, Japan          Decision        1         3:00   11–0

1993-10-02  Win versus Thailand Changpuek Kiatsongrit          K-1 Illusion 1993 Karate World Cup, Quarter Finals          Osaka, Japan          Decision        1         3:00   10–0

1993-10-02 Win versus   Japan Yoshinori Arata      K-1 Illusion 1993 Karate World Cup, First Round           Osaka, Japan          KO      1                     9–0

1993-06-25 He      Win versus   Japan Minoru Fujita         K-1 Sanctuary III    Osaka, Japan             Decision        1         3:00   8–0

1993-04-30 Win  versus  Japan Nobuaki Kakuda    K-1 Grand Prix '93            Tokyo, Japan             KO (left knee)         2         1:26   7–0

1992-10-04 He      Win  versus  Japan Taiei Kin        1992 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup, Final                                                6–0

Wins the 1992 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup Championship.

1992-10-03            Win  versus  Japan Shuji Suzuki            1992 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup, Semi Finals              KO (Awase Ippon)                                    5–0

1992-10-02            Win  versus Japan Minoru Fujita         1992 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup, Quarter Finals                    Decision        1         3:00   4–0

1992-10-02            Win  versus Japan Nobuaki Kakuda    1992 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup, Second Round                    Ippon                                    3–0

1992-10-02            Win  versus  Japan Gozen Morita         1992 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup, First Round              Ippon                                    2–0

1992-07-30            Win   versus Japan Toshiyuki Yanagisawa      Seidokaikan Kakutogi Olympic II         Tokyo, Japan          Decision        5         1:00   1–0

 

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Andy Hug total of 48 fights in K-1 rules. He has 38 wins (including 22 KO)
  against 9 losses (including 6 KO) and 1 draw

3 april 1993 :win versus the japonese  Nobuaki Kakuda by KO at 2nd round

15 november 1993 :win  versus the japonese Ryuji Murakami by KO at 1st round

19 december 1993 : win versus the  French Éric Albert by KO at 2nd round

4 april 1994 : win versus the Croatian Branko Cikatic by decision at 5th round

30 avril 1994 :  loss versus the Amricain Patrick Smith by KO at 1st round

18 septembre  1994: win versus the Amricain Patrick Smith by ko at 1st round 

2 october 1994:  win versus the american  Jeff Roufus at 3th round by Ko

10 december 1994: win versus  the dutch Rob Van Esdonk by KO at 4th round

4 may 1995:  win versus l'Americain Peter Kramer by KO at 1st round

10 june 1995:  win versus l'Américain Dennis Lane by KO at 2nd round

9 december 1995:  win versus le Français Jérôme Le Banner by decision at 5th round

10 march 1996:  win versus the Américain Bart Vale by KO at 1st round

6 may 1996: win versus the  South-african Duane Van Der Merwe by KO at 1st round

6 may 1996:  win versus the dutch Ernesto Hoost by decision at 4th round

6 may 1996:  win versus the South-african Mike Bernardo by KO at 2nd round

2 june 1996 : win  versus the Thaï Sadau Kiatsongrit by KO at 2nd round

1 september:  win 1996 versus the Australien Stan Longinidis by KO at 2nd round

18 october 1996:  win versus the Japonese Masaaki Satake by decision at 5th round

 8 december 1996:  win versus the Japonese Musashi by decision at 5th round

7 june 1997:  win versus the South-african Mike Bernardo by décision at 5th round

7 september: 1997  win versus the Canadian Pierre Guenette by KO at 1st round

9 november: 1997:  win versus the Japonese Masaaki Satake by KO at 1st round

9 november 1997:  low versus the dutch Peter Aerts by decision at 3th round

9 april 1998:  win  versus the Américain Curtis Schuster by decision at 5th round

6 june 1998:  win versus the Dutch Peter Aerts by decision at 5th round

7 august 1998:  win  versus the Americain Mike Labree by KO at 1st round

27 september 1998:  win versus the england Mark Russell by KO at 2nd round

28 october 1998: win versus the Japonese Masaaki Miyamoto by KO at 1st round

13 december 1998: win versus le New Zealand Ray Sefo by KO at 2nd round

13 december 1998: win  versus the Australian Sam Greco by decision at 3th round

3 february 1999: win  versus the Japonese Tsuyoshi Nakasako by  KO at 2nd round

25 april 1999: win  versus le New Zealand Ray Sefo by KO at 2th round

5 june 1999: win  versus the german Stefan Leko by decision at 5th round

22 august 1999: win  versus the American Maurice Smith by decision at 5th round

3 october 1999: win versus the japonese Hiromi Amada by KO at 1st round

19 march 2000: win versus the japonese Musashi by decision at 5th round

23 april 2000: win versus the Brazilian Glaube Feitosa by decision at 3th round

3 june 2000: win versus the Croatian Mirko Filipovic by decision at 5th round

7 july 2000: win  versus the Japonese Nobu Hayashi by KO at 1st round

axe kick in K1 by andy hug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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He was diagnosed with acute leukemia on August 17, 2000. On August 23, he fell into a coma and his illness was made public. Twenty-two hours later, Hug died following breathing difficulties due to multiple organ failure. He was thirty-five years old.

 

 

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