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Legendary Showdown: Francisco Filho vs. Glaube Feitosa at the 1997 World Weight Category Championship

In the world of martial arts, few matches are as memorable as the epic clash between Francisco Filho and Glaube Feitosa. This bout took place during the 1st World Weight Category Championship in Osaka, Japan, back in 1997. Both hailing from Brazil, Filho and Feitosa brought their unique styles and immense skill to the ring, delivering a fight that has since become a cornerstone of martial arts history.

Francisco Filho

Shihan Francisco Filho, now a 7th Dan and the President of KWU SENSHI South America, boasts an impressive career. He is a 2x K-1 Grand Prix Champion, the Absolute World Champion of 1999, and completed the grueling 100-man kumite in 1999. Additionally, Filho is a 4x Brazilian Champion, 3x South American Champion, and a World Champion in 1997. His extensive experience and accomplishments have cemented his place as a revered figure in martial arts and a member of the Board of KWU SENSHI.

Glaube Feitosa

Shihan Glaube Feitosa, currently a 5th Dan and the Vice President of KWU SENSHI South America, has also achieved remarkable success. He is the K-1 World Grand Prix Las Vegas Champion of 2005, secured 2nd place in the K-1 World GP 2005, and was the runner-up at the 1st World Weight Championship. Feitosa is also a South American Champion and a World Champion at the World Team Cup 2002. His strategic prowess and technical skills have earned him a respected position as a member of the Board of KWU SENSHI.

The Fight

In this video, you’ll witness the raw intensity and tactical brilliance of both fighters. Filho’s relentless attacks and Feitosa’s exceptional defense and counter-strikes kept the audience on the edge of their seats. The bout not only highlighted their physical capabilities but also their mental toughness and deep understanding of martial arts.

As you watch this legendary fight, pay attention to the techniques and strategies employed by both competitors. It’s a masterclass in martial arts that continues to inspire fighters and fans alike.

Enjoy the video and relive one of the greatest moments in martial arts history. Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or a new enthusiast, this fight between Francisco Filho and Glaube Feitosa is a must-watch!

Watch the video and share your thoughts in the comments below. What did you find most impressive about this historic match?


Shihan Francisco Filho and Shihan Glaube Feitosa are the instructors of the XVIII International Summer Martial Arts Camp 2024. 

The International Summer Camp is organized in accordance with the international calendar of the Bulgarian Karate Kyokushin Federation (BKKF). The main goal is to increase the level of mastery of the participants, as a condition is to be over 14 years old, have at least 6 kyu, and be prize winners of international and national tournaments.

The training schedule aims to improve the qualifications of coaches and competitors in full-contact karate and kickboxing. The instructor lineup includes world-famous champions and legends in karate, kickboxing, and Muay Thai.

Several competitions will be held during the international camp again this year. On July 2, the World Cup Varna for juniors and cadets from 14 to 21 years old will traditionally bring together young Kyokushin karate hopefuls from around the world. On July 4 and 5, the KWU SENSHI World Cup for Amateurs will start with eliminations and semi-finals, and the finals will take place on July 6 (Saturday) during the SENSHI 22 gala evening.

Application form KWU SENSHI World Cup for Amateurs

Provision Camp 2024 & Provision World Cup Varna 2024

Be ready for a week of intense training, cultural exchange, and unforgettable experiences. The picturesque area of Kamchia, nestled near Varna, provides the perfect backdrop for this enriching adventure.

Date and location: 30 June to 7 July, Kamchia (34 km from Varna), Bulgaria

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