Moscow host the World Kudo Cup for second year Running
It is fast, furious and one of the fastest growing martial arts in Russia. It is also one of the planet's youngest martial arts combining a number of ancient fighting techniques. The World Kudo Cup was held this weekend in Moscow, Russia. 19/02/2011
Most martial arts have histories that stretch back centuries. This one, however, is just 30 years old. The mixed martial art of Kudo, also known as “furious karate”, claims to have incorporated all the major fighting techniques – punches from boxing, kicks taken from Muay Thai, throws and submissions gained from judo, sambo and jiu-jitsu. That is how the human body turns into a perfect tool of unarmed self-defense according to the Kudo handbook.
The sport was founded and developed in Japan, although it is Russians who have dominated the Kudo mat in recent years. In particular, the country's undisputed five-time world champion Sergey Arzhakov.
Moscow was spoiled further on Thursday when the originator of Kudo touched down in the capital. Takashi Azuma, 1977 full contact world Karate champion, who left one great martial art for the sake of creating a new one, came into town to examine Kudo practitioners from all over the globe and to witness the best in the sport settle scores at the World Cup on Saturday.