Saturday December 2nd saw the 2006 K1 Grand Prix at Tokyo Dome. The announcer claimed that 54,000 visitors had come to see the climax of what was another year of high tension action in the ring this year – and Stippy.com was there behind the scenes to bring you exclusive insights.
K-1 was first staged in Japan in 1993 by Master Kazuyoshi Ishii (“Ishi Kancho”) of Seido Kaikan Karate and derives its name from a wide range of martial arts beginning in the letter ‘K’ (Karate, Kung-fu, Kempo, Kick-boxing all part of the Kakutogi family) It is now the biggest spectator sport in Japan.
The greatest thing about K1 is that all the top fighters are highly trained and dangerous so anything can truly happen to the toughest fighter – one clear punch or one well placed kick and its lights out! It’s this teeth clenching excitement that keeps me going back year after year to be present at the Tokyo Dome finals.
The Grand Prix Final always features the top 8 fighters that have earned the right to fight for the title through a series of matches held throughout the year. Nothing is spared to electrify the atmosphere – fireworks, cute ring girls, huge lighting shows and raging music – I won’t mention the detracting magic show this time – but all ‘n all it’s an atmosphere worth paying to be part of and never fails to raise the crowd from their seats.
This years fight night saw several huge surprises as Peter Aerts returned to Tokyo Dome in a reserve fight, winning against Japanese hero Musashi, and ended up in the final facing 2005 champion Semmy Schilt from Holland (as are Hoost, Aerts and Bonjasky!)
Remy Bonjasky was supposed to be the lucky one to get a shot at the Kings crown; he recovered from two hard shots to the testicles and won his fight against Stefan Leko in the semi finals – but then Remy was then pulled from the tournament by his doctors who worried about his family jewels. This then left the door open for Leko to face the champion. However, Leko had a suspected broken ankle during his bout against Remy and he too pulled out of the tournament. Before the match Leko swore he would quit K1 if he lost that night….he lost by decision but let’s see if he has a change of heart. Once you get this close to the taste of victory it’s hard to turn your back on it for long. The continual return of veterans Aerts, Hoost and Le Banner proves it!
So following the K1 rules, the winner of the reserve bout had the right to carry on to the next round – enter Aerts. The crowd went wild as Aerts , previous 3 times champion, had returned in the best form I have possibly ever seen him in. He seemed to have more stamina and upper body power than ever and of course his kicks are legendary. He wasn’t ahead on points by any means but only he was able to reach the chin of Schilt in a truly threatening way, shaking the confidence of the huge Dutchman at one stage. His popularity with the crowd was also plain to see.
After taking a front kick to the mid section Aerts crouched over for a count of 5 but it was enough to give his opponent the points needed to decisively win the final judges decision. Personally, I think they should extend the championship fight until a clear decision is made by a K.O.!
The real upset of the night, however, which almost bought me to tears, was the retirement of “Mr. Perfect” Ernesto Hoost . At 41 years old he is still a top fighter and has taken the crown 4 times in his fighting career. Loosing his match by decision to Shilt marked his retirement from the K1 ring. Having had the pleasure to act as interpreter for him and other top seeded fighters on several occasions, I swear the guy is a gentleman through and through. He is quiet spoken and respectful to all around him. Just don’t expect to leave the ring walking! He really deserves his own full page write-up but today I will settle for expressing a hearty “Thanks!” for everything he has done for the Sport.
Keep watching this space for the other evolutionary branch of the Martial Arts – PRIDE
6 thoughts on “2006 K-1 World Grand Prix Final – Schilt vs. Aerts and the legend of Hoost”
I never knew that the “K” in K-1 meant. I had asked many friends in Japan “what does the K in K1 mean?”, and nobody could tell me. Thanks! I feel enlightened.
I love nothing better than watching two professionals beat the crap out of each other! K1 ,Pride, all that stuff. It gets my girlfriend horny just watchin it too!
I reckon some of those fights are rigged man, how did the old fart Aerts get to fight big boy Semmy?? no way man that fag is past his use by date, he didnt have a chance, but the organisers know he draws a big crowd!
japanese womens pro wrestling beats all! If youve never seen the most atheletic 200pound chicks Ive ever seen beat each other with chairs and dive from 2 flights up on to the mat, you aint seen nuthin yet baby!
More Martial Arts news please!
I thought the K1 this year was really boring. I am sure it was better at the stadium, but the TV coverage was not very good. They only showed the final 8 fights, plus the Aerts-Musashi reserve fight (in which Musashi took such a hiding it almost seemed blatantly rigged…), and only showed the first and last round of each. There were very few KOs this year also.
I thoroughly enjoyed Hoost and Aerts fights, these guys are battle-hardened warriors. But I have no time for Semmy. K1 is meant to be entertainment, and Semmy just doesn’t have much of a personality. And he has no great signature moves. He seems like the nice quiet kid at school that just grew way too much, and somehow he ended up in a ring, beating up all the other kids. Lets hope next year we get someone with personality AND someone who can fight. (And that excludes both Konishiki and Bob Sapp.)
Thanks for the comment Steve 🙂
who is the Japanese woman with red dress who give Hoost flower in his retirement ceremony. what is her name. thank you
Hmm…I didnt get her name ,only her phone number. sorry jhon.
Keep training and Im sure youll get to meet her in the ring one day too!