Making the transition to professional kickboxing, Jan Soukup debuted in his native Czech Republic in 2008 with a first-round knockout of Tonda Ungerman. Following this, he was recruited by K-1 and returned to Japan to train under Jayson Vemoa at the Ichigeki Academy where his sparring partners included Glaube Feitosa, Takumi Sato, and former foe Ewerton Teixeira.
In his first K-1 match, Soukup faced reigning K-1 Heavyweight Champion Keijiro Maeda in a non-title bout at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 in Tokyo Final 16 Qualifying GP in Tokyo, Japan on August 11, 2009.
Many tournaments and victories follow Ichigeki Brazil 2009 and 2010 Brazil, K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Final in Yokohama, Japan, and K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Bucharest, Romania. RISE 85 Heavyweight Tournament in Tokyo on November 23, 2011. SENSHI win at “Battle of Champions” 1.11.2019 Moscow.
Enjoy the videos of Jan Soukup’s sparring sessions with Glaube Feitosa, Takumi Sato, Ray Sefo, and Ewerton Teixeira.