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ANDY HUG

The Blue Eyed Samurai

Switzerland also had a very well known and successful representative of the Kyokushin Style; Andy Hug:

Andreas "Andy" Hug (September 7, 1964 – August 24, 2000) was a Swiss karateka and kickboxer who competed in the heavyweight division. Considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight kickboxers of all time, Hug was renowned for his tremendous athleticism and speed and ability to execute numerous kicking techniques rarely seen in high level competition.His trademark kicks included the axe kick and the "Hug Tornado", a low spinning heel kick.

Raised in Wohlen, Aargau, Hug was a keen soccer player but gave up the sport to pursue Kyokushin Karate. Beginning his full contact karate career in the middleweight division, he rose to prominence in the early 1980s by winning numerous regional tournaments around Europe and made the transition to heavyweight in 1984. That same year, he competed in the Kyokushin World Open; the most prestigious competition for the first time and made it to the fourth round. Returning to Europe, he won his first major title in the form of the 3rd European Championships in 1985 before entering World Open again in 1987. He became the first non-Japanese fighter to make it to the final. Another European Championships win would follow in 1989 and he fought in his third and final World Open in 1991.

Andy Hug made the switch from Kyokushinkaikan to Seidokaikan in 1992, completing the step from being an amateur to becoming a professional fighter and star in Japan. After winning the 1992 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup, Hug then transitioned to K-1 kickboxing. Hug continued to improve his skills for the kickboxing ring and rebounded by winning the Universal Kickboxing Federation (UKF) World Super Heavyweight Championship in December 1994. He continued to be one of K-1's top contenders in the following years, reaching the final of the K-1 World Grand Prix twice more (in 1997 and 1998) and becoming a three-time world champion.

Due of respect of his family; we will not mention anything about his passing, but rather how he lived. We know the truth is a different one. Upon request, we might disclose it some day.