SENSHI is a professional chain of gala fight nights and a symbol of a spectacular, high quality, and attractive show. The SENSHI ring challenges some of the biggest names in the martial arts world and offers its audience classy kickboxing, muay Thai, and karate Kyokushin fights, as well as SENSHI-style ones under the rules of the International Professional league of the Kyokushin World Union.
Each edition has a unique format where proven fighters in different styles face each other and the SENSHI rules are what guarantees spectacular fights in the arena. The rules are designed specifically for SENSHI and they combine skills and techniques used since the beginning of Kyokushin while allowing almost everything on the ring. During the fights, the athletes can use head blows, elbow strikes, and throws.
In 2019 SENSHI fight nights showcased a completely “new” KWU International Professional League rules. The battles are in full contact with head strikes, allowing even throws and elbow strikes. But actually, the legend Masutatsu “Mas” Oyama is the first martial artist who practiced full-contact karate. He has had strong beliefs that the best technique is the one that works the best for you and devastates your opponent. After many years of hard work, dedication, and isolation in the mountains, Sosai had decided that he has to test the effectiveness of his skills. In Oyama’s school the “Kumite” has been the aspect that was worked the most on.
The martial artists were throwing punches and kicks and were always expecting to receive hard knocks back. In those times the punches to the head were still allowed, however, if you only had a towel wrapped around your hand or if you hit with the palm of your hand. Gripping, takedowns, and hits to the groin were also present.
The sparring session did not finish until one of the two fighters admits he had lost. Over 90% of the sparring sessions finished with knockouts.
After defeating the rest of the schools in Japan, Oyama and his pupils were challenged by Muay Thai masters in Thailand in their favorable ruleset. The challenge was called “Karate vs. Thai box”, promoted by Noguchi.
The karatekas accepted the challenge and won a 2-1 victory in 1964. Karate Kyokushin celebrated and the effectiveness and power of this martial art have been proven once again.
Years later Oyama’s students develop fighting styles – Ashihara karate (Hideyoki Ashihara), Kickboxing (Kenji Kurosaki), Kyokushin Budokai (John Blooming), Seidokaykan (Kazyoshi Ishii), Kudo (Takashi Azuma), Shidokan (Yoshidji Soeno), Enshin Kaykan (Yoko Nonomiya). The Creator of Seidokaykan, Kazyoshi Ishii, creates and promotes the most attractive and practiced discipline today – K-1.
Karate Kyokushin is in the roots of all those styles and their rulesets. KWU International Professional League, whose chairman is Shihan Ivo Kamenov, brings us back to the glorious days of this martial art. At SENSHI we can see the rules as they originally were – full contact.
There are three different rulesets developed by the KWU International Professional League rules