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"A new Japanese promotion which will basically be a reformation of the old UWFI, but apparently with a style change to being worked UFC-style matches, called "Kingdom" will be debuting with a show on 5/4. Takeshi "Ken" Suzuki, the long-time business manager of Nobuhiko Takada, announced the new promotion, which had been rumored for several weeks and reported on in the past both in Japanese newspapers and here, in a press conference on 3/30 in Tokyo. They announced that unlike UWFI, which Suzuki basically ran from a business standpoint, although it was Takada's name as President, and went out of business at the end of 1996, that Takada would not have an executive or behind-the-scenes role in the new group, although he would remain the group's top star. The first show will be 5/4 in Tokyo at the Yoyogi Gym. The matches will differ from the traditional UWF style, that was popularized in a big way in Japan in 1988-90 and largely continues in RINGS. This group will allow punches to the face and allow fighters to wear gloves, and also allow both punching and using elbows down from the mount position on the ground. The only difference between the rules of this and UFC rules are banning of blows to the base of the spine. In initial reports regarding the formation of this promotion, the belief was that it was largely being done to set up for a Tokyo Dome match later this year with Takada vs. Rickson Gracie, although nothing of the sort was even hinted about in the press conference. Besides Takada, other former UWFI wrestlers signed with the group are Yoji Anjyo, Yoshihiro Takayama, Yuhi Sano, Masahito Kakihara, Kazushi Sakuraba, Hiromitsu Kanehara, Kenichi Yamamoto, Ryuki Kamiyamato and Shunsuke Matsui. With the exception of Takayama, who worked for All Japan at Budokan on 3/1, and Sano, who worked the All Japan show in Nagoya on 3/30, all the aforementioned wrestlers have been inactive this year after UWFI closed up shop in December. Anjyo, Takayama and Yamamoto worked numerous indie shows in 1996 for a number of promotions as the Golden Cups. Apparently the group was put together by Anjyo's older brother who got the money together, largely through major financing from Nishin Kensetsu, a real estate development company."
Dave Meltzer

"Kingdom style is supposed to be a combination of Ultimate and UWF-style wrestling, although judging from the results and who is involved, it is almost surely worked. To give it a different twist, they fight with six ounce gloves and face punching is legal, which differs from traditional UWF, Rings and Pancrase rules."
Dave Meltzer, again

"Saw clips from the first Kingdom show and it's obviously a worked UFC-style. It's different from traditional UWF style in that they wear gloves and thus do lots of punching spots, both standing and on the ground from the mount. Based on the clips I saw, the style was totally cool. It was a totally new version of worked style but got heat and looked believable except the punches are pulled, but they sell the punches like pro wrestling."
Dave Meltzer, yet again

"Kingdom's ring style can almost be described as worked UFC type matches. The style itself makes for more exciting matches (at least when the Japanese are involved, as some of the matches with Americans who don't understand the style and have never worked before look pretty bad) then RINGS or Pancrase, but the lack of interesting match-making and big marquee name fighters seems to have this promotion doomed to be a non-factor in the big picture."
Dave Meltzer, once again

As a whole:

  • Advertised Extra: Nobuhiko Takada was only there for one exhibition match and later appeared at shows to just do commentary.
  • Badass Crew: The native wrestlers were most of UWFI's former wrestlers and other trainees.
  • Darker and Edgier: The promotion's wrestling style was meant to resemble the Vale Tudo and No-Holds-Barred fights of Brazil and the UFC with closed fists to the face and ground-and-pound being allowed instead of the regular shoot wrestling rules where only open palm strikes to the face and no ground-and-pound was allowed.
  • Fingerless Gloves: The first of the Newborn offshoots to use gloves in their matches.
  • Five-Man Band: The founding staff.
    • The Leader: Yoji Anjo, as he was the main representative and was featured in the main event at almost every show.
    • The Lancer: Hiromitsu Kanehara, since he was thought to be the most skilled of the UWFI trainees.
    • The Big Guy: Yoshihiro Takayama, since he was easily the biggest guy.
    • The Smart Guy: Masahito Kakihara, since while he was one of the most skilled UWFI trainees, he was injury prone. He also arguably inherited the role from Kazuo Yamazaki as he was his assistant.
    • The Chick: Kazushi Sakuraba, since he was not at the time thought to be the next ace and was probably the happiest guy there.
    • Sixth Ranger: Kenichi Yamamoto, since he was another promising trainee of UWFI, he just never got to be successful in Kingdom due to its short life.
    • Tagalong Kid: Yuhi Sano, since he began to be featured less as the shows went on. Daijiro Matsui, since he was a dependable wrestler but not that skilled.
    • Token White: Billy Scott, since he was the only ganjin from UWFI who stuck around for Kingdom and not Steve Nelson’s USWF.
    • The Man Behind the Man: Nobuhiko Takada, since he didn’t actually wrestle on the shows.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Kingdom's logo seems to be very similar to Ring of Honor's.
  • The Remnant: Like UWFI before it, it was made up of most of the native wrestlers of the former promotion.
  • Spin-Off: Of UWF International, and arguably has one in Pride Fighting Championships. Has a more or less official one in Kingdom Ehrgeiz, and also a one time event in U-DREAM '98.
  • Versus Title: Their 14th December 1997 show, Kingdom: Ambition - Kingdom vs Kenkaya Abbott Gundan.
  • Vestigial Empire: Was not as successful as UWFI before it.


Hiroyuki Doi

Hidetada Irie

  • The Ace: Of Kingdom Ehrgeiz in the beginning.
  • The Apprentice: To Nobuhiko Takada.
  • Cool Teacher: Founded the Kingdom Ehrgeiz Gyms and is the head trainer.
  • Fan Boy: Of Yutaka Ozaki and even uses his songs as entrance music.
  • Hidden Depths: Has a rock band called "B.C. KING". They even performed live on "DEEP 50 IMPACT ~ 10th Year Anniversary ~".
  • I Know Sumo Wrestling: Was a former sumotori under the name Kotoirie, before training in Shooto and was a 1995 All Japan Amateur Shooto Heavyweight champion and the 1997 All-Japan Combat Wrestling Open Tournament +85kg champion. He then trained at the Kingdom Dojo and also trained in Judo.
  • Odd Friendship: With Yoshinori Nishi.
  • Red Baron: "Kakutōgi-kai no Fūunji" ("Soldier of Fortune of the Martial Arts World"), "Indī Kakutō-ka" ("The Indie Fighter"), "20 Seiki no Karisuma" ("20th Century Charisma), "Saigo no Namida" ("Last of the Tears"), "U no Misokkasu" ("The Good for Nothing of the U-System"), "The One Man General Trading Company".
  • Start My Own: Kingdom Ehrgeiz.

Moritaka Oshiro

Minoru Toyonaga


David Abbott

"Tank Abbott is the kind of guy you'd expect police to find alone in the center of a wrecked biker bar before they called for immediate backup. He looks like the shitty character from every fighting video game who'd somehow reverse-TRON'ed into our world. His face makes it clear that he hates everything that isn't ZZ Top or alcohol poisoning. He bench presses 600 pounds and wore gloves into the Octagon back when you didn't have to. This implied that he knew things about punching skulls that the rest of us didn't. People put on a diaper before they make eye contact with him."
"Mr. Abbott, you are a maniac. I'm surprised you haven't killed somebody."
— What a judge apparently said after sentencing Tank to six months in jail.

"When I go in there, I'm not going in there to win. I'm going in there to fight!"
— David "Tank" Abbott

Greg Douglas

Wayne Haas

Mark Hall

"I just go there and BANG man, what happens happen!"

  • A Day in the Limelight: His victory against Koji Kitao.
  • Always Someone Better: Don Frye beat him three times.
  • Arch-Enemy: The only person he never made up with was Ken Shamrock. He also had another one in Don Frye.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: Was the head fighter of his own fight team, Team Cobra.
  • Bodybuilding: Was involved in body building, 5 and 10K runs, triathalons, and marathons before his fighting career.
  • Bouncer: Worked as a bouncer and bodyguard before his fighting career.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Was considered small for a heavyweight.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In 2000, Hall supposedly accused Ken Shamrock of trying to snatch sponsors from small shows, and even telephoned his wife and made her cry with foul language. Then, when the two met in a crowd at the King of the Cage 4 event, Hall tried to intimidate Shamrock and even attacked him. The thing was followed with Ken painting the arena red with Hall and the police arresting the latter because the 100 people of the event had saw him starting the brawl.
  • Combat Referee: Was a referee for his self promoted MMA events.
  • Cool Teacher: Had a martial arts school before his fighting career, he has owned a total of eleven martial arts schools. He also founded the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA school in Temecula Valley. Mark called it the "Ultimate Fighting Training Center", it is now closed to settle a debt.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Not him actually, but his wife and sons were once arrested on narcotics charges and were suspected associates of a Murrieta psychiatrist who was arrested on suspicion of selling prescriptions for addictive drugs.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Made his MMA debut at UFC 7.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: During his second year of boxing training, Mark set out to be a Golden Gloves Champion. On his way home from training one night, he ran a stop sign on his motorcycle and smashed into a new Cadillac at approximately 40 miles an hour, breaking his neck and ribs, crushing his dream of becoming a boxing champion.
  • Guest Fighter
  • Hammy Herald / Large Ham Announcer: Was a ring announcer for his self promoted MMA events.
  • Hidden Depths: Became a MMA Fight Promoter after he retired from fighting. He also took his entire life savings to lease a warehouse in Temecula, California and build his own MMA Promotion Venue.
  • I Know Karate: A black belt, he also has black belt in Taekwondo, and also a 4th degree black belt in Moo Yea Do, a Kung-fu, Aikido, and Tae Kwon Do hybrid martial art founded by the 10th degree world Grand Master "Tiger Yang". He also trained in boxing and is a purple belt in Brazil jiu-jitsu under his former opponent, whom he beat, BJJ black belt Luiz Fraga.
  • I Let You Win: Hall claimed that he threw the second fight with Frye after Frye offered to pay $50,000 to lose so that Frye would have an easier path to the finals of the UFC Ultimate Ultimate 1996 tournament, but never paid Hall the money. Don Frye denied this claim, and it was never proven.
  • Large Ham: In Kingdom at least.
  • Odd Friendship: With Antonio Inoki as he once bank rolled Hall a fighting school in the United States to train American fighters for his Universal Fighting-Arts Organization.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: Is a Christian and said that God and his father became his only refuge as he navigated his way through his youth.
  • Red Baron: "The Cobra", "Giant Killer".
  • Speech Impediment: Had a stuttering problem when he was younger. In Mark’s own words "I couldn’t say one word without turning red, and often my tongue would come out of my mouth".
  • Start My Own: Founded West World Sports, Cobra Fighting Federation and The Octagon Experience (he dubs the whole collection as the Cobra Series of MMA Fighting Events). He also developed his own martial art S.C.A.T. or Street Combat Applications Training.

Paul Herrera

  • Badass Teacher: He trained Tito Ortiz in high school amateur wrestling. He is also the head instructor at the Empire Training Center and a MMA and wrestling coach at the Huntington Beach Ultimate Training Center.
  • David vs. Goliath: Got destroyed by Gary Goodridge in UFC 8 who was about 75ibs heavier.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Made his MMA debut at UFC 8.
  • Guest Fighter: Had only one match in Kingdom against Kazushi Sakuraba.
  • I Know Amateur Wrestling: An All-American wrestler from the University of Nebraska, a two-time national Judo champion and also trained in boxing.
  • Jobber
  • Major Injury Underreaction: After his fight with Gary Goodridge, he said in his own words, "I’m fine, I’ve had my ass stomped worse than that before. I spent the next day drinking Stoli martinis and getting loaded."
  • Red Baron: "Hitman", "The Bone Crusher".
  • Start My Own: Founded the MMA promotion Hitman Fighting Promotion and an amateur MMA organization called Hitman Athletics MMA.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: With Tank Abbott and Eddie Ruíz as part of the "Kenkaya Abbott Gundan" ("Abbott Fighting Army").
  • Wrestling Family: His father Joe "Headlock" Herrera is a former amateur wrestler.

Moti Horenstein

"I was never in the fight to hurt or kill someone. Guys like Coleman and Kerr, they had the killer instinct in their eyes. That was never me. I went to see how good I was, how good I could do and how I could get better. That was my intention."

  • Badass Israeli: A former Israeli commando.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: In April 2008 he successfully entered Guinness Book of World Records in the category of "Most Baseball Bats broken in One Minute" splitting 38 bats and cracking an additional 11 with his powerful roundhouse kick in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Cool Teacher: Has his own MMA and Krav Maga school. He frequently serves as a consultant and instructor to the US Military and police forces around the country.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Was a pure striker and knew nothing about groundfighting in his UFC bouts.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Made his MMA debut at UFC 10.
  • Guest Fighter: Had only one match against Kazushi Sakuraba in Kingdom. He later fought in Universal Fighting-Arts Organization.
  • Identical Stranger: He bears a slight resemblance to Jean-Claude Van Damme.
  • I Know Krav Maga: Trained under Dr. Dennis Hannover, the premier exponent of Krav Maga in Israel. He first started his martial arts training in Judo and also trained in Karate, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, and Filipino escrima.
  • Insistent Terminology: He calls his style Hisardut which from the Hebrew term that means "Survival".
  • Jobber
  • Red Baron: "The Hebrew Hammer".
  • Screwed by the Network: Is nicknamed "The Most Dicked Over Fighter in UFC History" as his match-ups against Mark Coleman and Mark Kerr allegedly disadvantaged him unfairly and were very controversial.
  • Start My Own: Developed his own martial art, which he calls World Survival Hisardut.
  • Ur-Example: The first Jewish fighter in the UFC.

Jesse Kellis

Rick Lucero

Caribou Mandingo

Felix Lee Mitchell

Larry Parker

Daniel Rodríguez

Eddie Ruíz

The Saint

Brian Smith

"I was a very hard-working athlete. In basketball and in football, I was limited by my size. So I was good but didn’t have the God-given talent of size and speed because I was smaller. In wrestling, whatever you put in, you get out. I didn’t have to worry about having good teammates, being 6-foot-10 or being a monster running back. I was the same size as the guy across the way. And if I worked harder, I could achieve things."

  • Cool Teacher: His coaching career began at Western High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. From 1991-92, Smith led Western High to its first top-10 finish at the state tournament, claiming a second place finish in 1991 and a fourth place showing in 1992. Smith coached two state champions and led five wrestlers to top finishes at the Florida state tournament. Smith's collegiate coaching career began at Cornell University in 1992. In 1997, Smith took over the head coaching position at Syracuse University, helping to stabilize a program that was nearly eliminated. Before leaving for Missouri in May of 1998, Smith coached Jason Gleasman (HWT) to All-America honors. During the summer of 2003, Smith took 12 wrestlers, including graduates Austin De Voe and Jeremy Spates, on the NWCA Collegiate All-Star International Tour. Smith served as head coach as the men competed in three cities in Greece; Athens, Thessaloniki and Larisa as well as Sophia, Bulgaria. Both De Voe and Spates went 7-2 in their individual competitions. He is currently the seventh Head Wrestling Coach of University of Missouri since 1998.
  • Guest Fighter: Had only one match against Shunsuke Matsui.
  • I Know Amateur Wrestling: Was a two-time wrestling state champion in 1984 with Oviedo High School and 1985 while competing at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Was also a three-time All-Big Ten wrestler and a four-time letterman at Michigan State from 1986-1990. As a senior, he was selected as the Spartan's Most Outstanding Wrestler. Competing at 126-pounds, Smith finished fifth at the Big Ten Championships in 1988, third in 1989 and second in 1990. Smith stands among the top-25 on Michigan State's all-time wins list with 84 career victories as a Spartan. He also stands tied for 19th on MSU's single-season wins list with 32 victories in 1990.
  • Jobber
  • Name's the Same: Not to be confused with another wrestling coach, Bryan Smith.
  • Start My Own: His unique "Tiger Style" wrestling training program has molded Missouri's wrestling teams into a national powerhouse of the American collegiate wrestling scene.

Patrick Smith

  • A Day in the Limelight: Caused one of the biggest upsets in K-1 history by knocking out legendary karateka and future K-1 star Andy Hug with an uppercut after just 19 seconds of the first round in their quarterfinal match. Smith was unable to build on this success as he was soundly defeated by eventual champion Peter Aerts in the semi finals and lost to Andy Hug in a rematch at the K-1 Revenge event.
  • Cool Old Guy: Came out of retirement at age 51 to fight Dave Huckaba at Gladiator Challenge - Collision Course.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Appeared at the first UFC event as Ken Shamrock's first opponent. He also fought at the U-Japan event.
  • Fan Nickname: "Pat".
  • Guest Fighter
  • I Know Karate: He was the 1993 Enshin Karate Sabaki Challenge Heavyweight champion, an annual full contact karate tournament held in Denver which allows grabs, sweeps and throws, and competed in the 1993 Seidokaikan full contact Karate World Cup tournament in Japan. He also holds black belts in American Kenpo Karate, hapkido, tang soo do, a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo and is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He also competed in boxing and Kickboxing.
  • Jobber
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: One of the most infamous examples is MMA history against ninjutsu practitioner Scott "The American Ninja" Morris, the fight lasted 30 seconds as Scott Morris was thrown into the ground and brutally pounded with punches and 12-6 elbows as he was unable to escape. To make matters even worse, he was instructed to not tap out by his trainer/cornerman Robert Bussey, who's style Morris was representing, and he also refused to throw the towel in initially (The other way to stop a match since ref stoppages didn't existed) and when Bussey finally threw the towel he threw backwards towards the audience, the match only ended because Pat Smith saw no reason to continue beating Morris down.
  • Pædo Hunt: Was convicted in 1999 in Colorado for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old.
  • Scary Black Man

Nicholas Starks

Orlando Wiet

    Debuted in U-DREAM ' 98
Also The Last Impact

As a whole:

  • All-Star Cast: Sort of, it brought in veterans of the U-System like Yoji Anjo, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Tatsuo Nakano, and of all people Enson Inoue. They also brought in veteran U-System ganjins in Billy Scott, Tom Burton, Nicholas Starks and MMA guy "Big" John Calvo. Their also brought in Takehiro Murahama for a shootboxing exhibition match.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Brought over from Kingdom.
  • Short-Runners: Had only one show.
  • Spin-Off: Of Kingdom.

John Calvo

"Back in the SuperBrawl days it was actually pretty raw. They didn’t have a boxing commission or a fighting commission. They didn’t even know how to judge it."

Mark Johnson


    Debuted in Kingdom Ehrgeiz
Whatever Happens, We Will Not Give Up. If So, The Dream Will Certainly Be Achieved Someday.

"Whatever happens, we will not give up. This are the old words for UWF, our roots. When I inherited this organization from the representative of the previous generation, I engaged in operations while believing those words. At the start, it was a very small group from a single small prefab, but I was able to welcome the 18th year of this year with those words in mind. I am happy now that I met many students, including professional athletes. In 2016, we celebrated the 17th year of our founding, and we decided to open a second dojo in the city within the major commercial facility in Tachikawa City "La Laport Tachikawa Tachihi". Our philosophy is not the idea of pursuing only strength, that just doing fighting sports only is good. Through daily exercises and games, I believe that you can convey the strength of your heart, the heart that you never give up on anything in daily life. In fact, the words at the beginning of the sentence have a continuation... If so, the dream will certainly be achieved someday. I am still developing the group, but I promise to make efforts and push forward in the future, I will succeed."
Hidetada Irie, founder of Kingdom Ehrgeiz.

As a whole:

  • Amateur Cast: In the beginning at least.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: At its start, it featured both amateur MMA and shoot style wrestling bouts. It stopped featuring shoot wrestling sometime later.
  • Faction Motto: "We shall overcome! We have a dream!"
  • Fingerless Gloves: Of course.
  • Meaningful Name: Ehrgeiz means "Ambition" in German.
  • Spin-Off: Of Kingdom. It has recently began promoting shoot style pro wrestling promotions Tachikawa Wrestling Force and Fuchu Wrestling Union.
  • Vestigial Empire: An even more obscure promotion than its predecessor, though it has lasted a lot longer.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: At the beginning, aside from amateur MMA fights, it also showcased shoot style wrestling.

Masazaku Imanari

"I do not set out to injure anyone but if I have to hurt my opponent badly to win I will not hesitate to do that. They have the option to tap and if they do not take that option then they will have to deal with the consequences. It is not my problem."

  • Bald of Awesome
  • Blood Knight
  • Determinator: He was born with a spinal condition that severely limited his mobility and would ultimately require three separate surgeries to regain it. It didn’t stop him from pursuing a fighting career.
  • The Dreaded: There's an apocryphal story that Bellator and Strikeforce had tried to book Masakazu Imanari for fights in America only to be told by customs that Imanari was permanently banned from entering the United States, and when his agent was asked if he knew why, he basically replied "No, but I'm not surprised."
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Was a trainee at Antonio Inoki's Universal Fighting-Arts Organization dojo but never debuted there. He later got his start in Kingdom Ehrgeiz.
  • Elite Four: Was part of the "ZST Shi Kyōdai" ("ZST Four Brothers").
  • Expy: He and his friend Shinya Aoki are arguably the successors to Rumina Sato. They are lightweight fighters with crazy submission skills and a penchant for flying techniques and openings from unpredictable angles (in that sense, they are even more overspecialized in grappling than Sato ever was) but with laughably weak chins.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Takefumi Hanai's on who had the best leglock game and who deserves the title of Ashikan Judan.
  • Glass Cannon: Like his friend Shinya Aoki, he was great in offensive submissions, but no so much in taking hits. Unlike Aoki however he knows how to strike thanks to his Kickboxing background.
  • Guest Fighter: Had only one match in Pancrase.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Shinya Aoki as the Anime Those Two Guys of MMA: they are best friends and former classmates, often train together, and corner each's other in fights. In fact, Aoki stated in an interview that he does not see Imanari as a friend, but as a brother. Aww.
  • I Know Kickboxing: Trained in the Fujiwara Dojo by Satoru Sayama's mediation and shoot wrestling under Sayama himself. He later moved to Antonio Inoki's Universal Fighting-Arts Organization, and then Kingdom Ehrgeiz, where he trained MMA with Hidetada Irie before doing his amateur debut. He also is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Marco Barbosa of Barbosa jiu-jitsu and trained in combat wrestling and is also said to have trained in Koppo. Subverted with sambo despite popular belief because of his leg lock style, he has said it is "purely self-taught".
  • Red Baron: "Ashikan Judan" ("10th Dan of Leg Locks"), "The Leglock Yokai".
  • The Rival: To Takefumi Hanai in their Combat Wrestling days, they both traded victories with each other at the 2001 and 2002 championships.
  • Sadist: When asked why he likes leg locks his reply was because it hurts the opponent.
  • Signature Move: Leg Locks. He really loves leg locks. The "Imanari Roll" (rolling from a stand up position into a leglock) and the "Imanari Choke" (a combination of an omoplata and a rear naked choke) are grappling moves named after him due to his usage of them.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Founded Nippon Top Team with Shinya Aoki and Satoru Kitaoka.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Could get leglocks from almost any position by way of rolls and counters.

Keitaro Nakamura

  • 10-Minute Retirement: Nakamura announced his retirement from MMA after his third loss in the UFC. Despite his claim that he would become a police officer, Nakamura's retirement lasted a mere few months.
  • The Ace: With a 15 win streak in 3 years and a Shooto middleweight championship.
  • The Apprentice: To Yoshinori Nishi.
  • Cool Teacher: Has his own gym, Wajyutsu Keisyukai K-Taro Dojo.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Started his MMA career in Kingdom Ehrgeiz before he gained fame in Shooto.
  • Guest Fighter: From Wajutsu Keishukai.
  • I Know Karate: Trained at the Daidōjuku-based Wajutsu Keishukai and is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo.
  • Red Baron: "K-Taro" "Hadakajime Jūdan" ("10th Dan of Rear Naked Chokes").
  • Signature Move: The rear naked choke is his favourite submission.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": He real first name is Keita, he just added -ro to it as his ring name.

Kōzō Urita/Tiger Shark

  • The Apprentice: To Hidetada Irie and Satoru Sayama.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Yūji Sakuragi/Super Tiger II.
  • Cool Mask: Wrestled under a blue Tiger Mask with a shark design as Tiger Shark.
  • Cool Teacher: Has his own Seikendo branch school in Akishima, Tokyo.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Started his MMA career in Kingdom Ehrgeiz before he joined Seikendo.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Yūji Sakuragi/Super Tiger II.
  • Expy: Basically takes the role of Black Tiger to Super Tiger II's role as Tiger Mask.
  • Foil: To Yūji Sakuragi/Super Tiger II in terms of their appearances and martial arts backgrounds. Sakuragi is a bald karateka and kickboxer, who prefers to stand up and knockout in his opponents in MMA, while Urita is a judoka and grappler with a head full of hair, who prefers to ground and submit his opponents (though his later fights show a tendency to beat opponents by TKO).
  • I Know Judo: He also competed in Combat Wrestling and is a 3rd dan black belt in Seikendo.
  • Masked Luchador: Subverted, his style as Tiger Shark was more based on shoot style wrestling like his counterpart Super Tiger II.
  • Red Baron: "Sayama Satoru Saigo no Deshi" ("Satoru Sayama's Last Disciple").

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