Genki Sudo

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In this Japanese name, the family name is "Sudo".
Genki Sudo
Born (1978-03-08) March 8, 1978 (age 36)
Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
Other names Neo-Samurai (UFC)
Transforming Trickster (K-1/Hero's)
Residence Hokkaido, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Shoot Wrestling, Kickboxing
Fighting out of Tokyo, Japan
Team Beverly Hills Jiu-Jitsu Club
Rank black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Years active 1999–2006
Kickboxing record
Total 6
Wins 2
By knockout 2
Losses 4
By knockout 2
Mixed martial arts record
Total 22
Wins 16
By knockout 1
By submission 12
By decision 3
Losses 4
By knockout 1
By decision 3
Draws 2
Other information
University Takushoku Junior College
Takushoku University Graduate School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: March 01, 2011
Genki Sudo
Native name 須藤 元気
Born (1978-03-08) March 8, 1978 (age 36)
Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
Genres Techno, synthpop
Occupation(s) Singer, composer, lyrist
Years active 2006–present
Labels EMI Music Japan, Pony Canyon
Associated acts World Order
Website www.crnavi.jp/sudogenki/blog/

Genki Sudo (須藤 元気 Sudō Genki?, born March 8, 1978 in Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan) is Japanese singer, composer,[2] choreographer, actor and author. He is the lead vocal, producer and director of the music group World Order,[3] which is known for their techno music style and highly synchronised robotic choreography. Sudo is a retired mixed martial artist and a kickboxer who, until December 31, 2006 competed in the Japanese fighting organization HERO'S and before that, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pancrase. He is notable for his elaborate ring entrances[4] and unorthodox fighting style.[5] His philosophy is "We are all one."[6] He is a practicing Buddhist.[7] Signature moves include the flying triangle and spinning backfist. Over his career he holds notable wins over Nate Marquardt, Eric "Butterbean" Esch, Mike Brown, Kazuyuki Miyata, Hiroyuki Takaya, and Damacio Page.

Career[edit]

Amateur era[edit]

Genki Sudo was born in Koto Ward in Tokyo, Japan on March 8, 1978. His father is a chef and the manager of his seafood restaurant "Isokou"(磯幸).

He started practicing Greco-Roman wrestling during high school.

After graduating high school, he attended Takushoku Junior College beginning in 1996, and graduating in 1998. During this time in college, he won JOC Cup All Japan Junior Wrestling Championship.

In April 1998, Genki moved to the United States and enrolled in Santa Monica College, but dropped out soon after. During his time in Los Angeles, he joined the Beverly Hills Jiu-Jitsu Club and practiced Brazilian jiu jitsu.

Professional MMA[edit]

Genki started his professional career in shoot promotion Pancrase, defeating Kosei Kubota by unanimous decision in his first fight.

On December 21, 2001, Sudo fought against Kenichi Yamamoto at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium, and won by Rear Naked Choke.[8] Prior to the match, Sudo and Yamamoto promised to bet Yamamoto's UFC championship belt on the outcome. Following his win, Sudo was given the belt by Yamamoto, and Sudo was introduced as "UFC Japan Champion" by media after this bout. As the bet was personal, he is not sanctioned as champion by Zuffa.

K-1[edit]

Sudo participated in a K-1 tournament in 2002. He lost in the semi finals.

[9]

A fighter with unorthodox striking ability, he has won fights by flashy knockout in both mixed martial arts and kickboxing. Among the rather unorthodox techniques that he favors and can use effectively are the spinning backfist, a flying leg-triangle choke and flying armbar, as well as dancing and turning his back to opponents in order to taunt or distract them.

Hero's[edit]

Genki Sudo was defeated by K-1 HERO's lightweight champion Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto. The fight was won by a controversial referee stoppage after Sudo was knocked down by a right hand which was followed by some punches.[10]

Retirement[edit]

At K-1 Dynamite! on December 31, 2006 he defeated Damacio Page by submission.[11] After his win, and to the shock of the crowd, Sudo announced his retirement.[12]

After retirement[edit]

Prior to his retirement on New Year's Eve Sudo fought for K-1 HERO's, the mixed martial arts branch of the most popular Japanese combat sports circuit. Sudo is well known for his particularly flashy choreographed ring entrances that often include costumed dancers. One entrance featured Sudo doing the robot and operating levers that released a column of smoke from the top of his head while wearing a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket as a hat and a white plastic mask, in an homage to the musician Buckethead.

On August 1, 2009, Genki Sudo and his office made an official statement to say information on Wikipedia was wrong. According to their statement, the bout between Sudo and Tiki Ghosn was originally declared a draw which was overturned after Sudo’s corner man, Bas Rutten, objected, at which point Sudo was declared the winner and given a medal.[13][14]

Sudo has written eight books, is not married, and has started an amateur baseball team for people 30 and over. He is also a member of the musical group World Order. Sudo writes lyrics, composes, and choreographs.

In 2008, he accepted the position of Manager for Takushoku University’s wrestling team. In the 2009 Eastern Japan University League Games, the 2009 All Japan University Greco-Roman Championship Tournament, and the 2010 All Japan University Wrestling Conference, he was awarded the prize for Best Manager. In addition, he led the team to victory in the 2010 All Japan Student Wrestling Championship, and in his second year as manager Takushoku University was victorious at all four of the biggest student wrestling tournaments. In 2010, he was made the Japanese representative manager for the World University Championship.

Sudo was cast in Kamen Rider W Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate (仮面ライダーW(ダブル) FOREVER AtoZ/運命のガイアメモリ) in 2010 as Kyosui Izumi, member of NEVER and user of the T2 Luna Memory. He reprised his role in Kamen Rider Eternal, in Kamen Rider W Returns which was released on July 21, 2011. He has also finished filming his part of the movie The R246 Story.[15]

Graduate school[edit]

On January 25, 2010, Genki took the entrance examination of Takushoku University Graduate School and he was admitted to the school on January 29. He entered the Local Government Course (Master’s Program) of the Graduate School of Local Government.[16]

On April 8, 2010 he received his Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu under Naoyoshi Watanabe at Triforce Academy.[1]

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Belt Lineage[edit]

Mitsuyo "Count Koma" MaedaCarlos Gracie, Sr.Helio GracieRolls Gracie → Romero "Jacaré" Cavalcanti → Alexandre Paiva → Naoyoshi Watanabe → Genki Sudo

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–4–2 Damacio Page Submission (triangle choke) K-1 PREMIUM 2006 Dynamite!! December 31, 2006 1 3:05 Osaka, Japan
Win 14–4–2 Ole Laursen Decision (unanimous) Hero's 4 March 15, 2006 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 13–4–2 Norifumi Yamamoto TKO (punches) K-1 PREMIUM 2005 Dynamite!! December 31, 2005 1 4:39 Osaka, Japan Hero's 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix Final.
Win 13–3–2 Hiroyuki Takaya Submission (triangle choke) Hero's 3 September 7, 2005 2 3:47 Tokyo, Japan Hero's 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win 12–3–2 Kazuyuki Miyata Submission (armbar) Hero's 3 September 7, 2005 2 4:45 Tokyo, Japan Hero's 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 11–3–2 Ramon Dekkers Submission (heel hook) Hero's 1 March 26, 2005 1 2:54 Saitama, Japan
Win 10–3–2 Royler Gracie KO (punches) K-1 MMA ROMANEX May 22, 2004 1 3:40 Saitama, Japan
Win 9–3–2 Mike Brown Submission (triangle armbar) UFC 47 April 2, 2004 1 3:31 Paradise, Nevada, United States
Win 8–3–2 Eric Esch Submission (heel hook) K-1 PREMIUM 2003 Dynamite!! December 31, 2003 2 0:41 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 7–3–2 Duane Ludwig Decision (unanimous) UFC 42 April 25, 2003 3 5:00 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 7–2–2 Leigh Remedios Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 38 July 13, 2002 2 1:38 London, England
Win 6–2–2 Kenichi Yamamoto Submission (rear-naked choke) Rings: World Title Series 5 December 21, 2001 2 1:46 Yokohama, Japan
Win 5–2–2 Brian Lo-A-Njoe Submission (triangle choke) Rings: Battle Genesis Vol. 8 September 21, 2001 1 2:17 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–2–2 Craig Oxley Submission (achilles lock) Pancrase - Trans 6 October 31, 2000 1 3:14 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 3–2–2 André Pederneiras Draw C2K – Colosseum 2000 May 26, 2000 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 3-2–1 Kiuma Kunioku Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - Trans 2 February 27, 2000 2 3:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 3-1–1 Nate Marquardt Submission (armbar) Pancrase - Breakthrough 11 December 18, 1999 1 13:31 Yokohama, Japan
Win 2-1–1 Victor Hunsaker Submission (elbows) Pancrase - Breakthrough 9 October 25, 1999 1 1:43 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1-1–1 Minoru Toyonaga Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round August 1, 1999 2 3:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1-0–1 Kousei Kubota Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament Opening Round August 1, 1999 2 3:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 0-0-1 Tiki Ghosn Draw ES 2 – Extreme Shoot 2 June 6, 1998 3 5:00 Mission Viejo, California, United States

Kickboxing record[edit]

6 Fights: 2 Wins (2 (T)KO's), 4 Losses (2 (T)KO's, 2 decisions)
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2006-09-04 Loss Australia Ian Schaffa K-1 World MAX 2006 Champions Challenge Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan TKO (Referee Stoppage) 2 0:59
2004-10-13 Win United States Michael Lerma K-1 World MAX 2004 Champions' Challenge Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan TKO (Cut) 2 2:09
2003-11-18 Loss Netherlands Albert Kraus K-1 World MAX 2003 Champions' Challenge Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2003-03-01 Loss Japan Masato K-1 World MAX 2003 Japan Grand Prix Quarter final Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2002-10-11 Win South Korea Jin-Woo Kim K-1 World MAX 2002 Champions' Challenge Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan KO (Spinning Back Fist) 2 0:16
2002-02-11 Loss Japan Takayuki Kohiruimaki K-1 Japan MAX 2002 Quarter final , Japan TKO (Referee Stoppage) 3 1:27

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

Bibliography[edit]

The following books are all essays.

Original Title Original Publication Date English Name
幸福論
Kōfuku-ron
2005 The theory of Happiness
風の谷のあの人と結婚する方法
Kaze no tani no Anohito to Kekkonsuru houhou
2006 How to Marry The Woman living in the Valley of the Wind
神はテーブルクロス
Kami ha Tēburu Kurosu
2007 God is The Tablecloth
レボリューション
Reboryūshon
2007 Revolution
バシャール スドウゲンキ
Bashāru Sudo Genki
2007 Genki Sudo, The Bashar
無意識はいつも君に語りかける
Muishiki wa itsumo kimini katarikakeru
2008 Subconscious Always Talks to You
キャッチャー・イン・ザ・オクタゴン
Kacchā in za Okutagon
2008 Catcher In The Octagon
愛と革命のルネサンス
Ai to Kakumei no Runessansu
2009 Renaissance Of Love and Revolution
Let's 猫
Let's Neko
2010 Let's Cat
今日が残りの人生最初の日
kyouga nokorino jinnsei saisyo no hi
2010 Today is the firstday of the rest in my life
美は肉体に宿る
bi ha nikutaini yadoru
2011
WE ARE ALL ONE
WE ARE ALL ONE
2011

Discography[edit]

Title Date Type Publisher
Love&Everything September 6, 2006 Single (CD) Toshiba EMI (EMI Music Japan)
World Order December 16, 2009 Single (iTunes) Groovin'High Records
WORLD ORDER July 7, 2010 Album (CD) P-VINE RECORDS
2012 June 20, 2012 Album (CD) PONY CANYON
FIND THE LIGHT / PERMANENT REVOLUTION November 28, 2012 Single (CD) PONY CANYON

Film actor roles[edit]

Original video[edit]

Television drama roles[edit]

Titles[edit]

  • JOC Cup All Japan Junior Wrestling Championship Winner(1996)
  • Hero's Middleweight Tournament Runner-up

Awards[edit]

  • Martial arts
    • UFC 38 Tap Out Award
    • UFC 38 Best Fighter Award
    • UFC 47 Tap Out Award
    • UFC 47 Best Fighter Award
  • Movie
    • Spotlight Award (Short Short Film Festival & Asia 2008)[17]
  • Japanese calligraphy
    • Newcomer Encouragement Award (15th Taisho exhibition)[18][19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Japanese)2010年04月09日 April 9, 2010 crnavi.jp Retrieved: 2010-08-31.
  2. ^ "Member profile - About Genki Sudo". World Order official website. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  3. ^ "Member profile". World Order official website. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  4. ^ "Genki Sudo Documentary Pt. 1". YouTube. 2008-09-27. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "We Are All One". Crnavi.jp. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  7. ^ http://www.legacyoriental.us/budo_videos/index.php?productid=30219
  8. ^ (Japanese)[リングス]元気、ヤマケンを裸絞め葬。SB前田も裸絞めで勝利/12.21横文 結果 [RINGS] Sudo beats Yamamoto with Rear Naked Choke. Maeda from Shoot boxing wins by Rear Naked Choke / December 21, Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium, Result boutreview.com Retrieved 2010-08-31.
  9. ^ (Japanese)(レポ&写真) [K-1]10.11有明:魔裟斗、クラウスとドロー。須藤&村浜も好勝負 (Reports & Photos) [K-1] 10.11 Ariake: Masato draws with Kraus. Sudo & Murahama Good Bouts Boutreview.com: 2010-08-31.
  10. ^ Sherdog.com. "Genki "Neo-Samurai" Sudo MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  11. ^ [2][dead link]
  12. ^ Sherdog.com (2006-12-31). "Akiyama Stops Sakuraba Amidst Controversy, Sudo Retires". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  13. ^ 投稿者: 管理 日時: 2007年08月16日 17:06 (1998-06-06). "Mistaken fight record in article from free encyclopedia "Wikipedia"". Crnavi.jp. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  14. ^ Mistaken fight record in article from free encyclopedia “Wikipedia” crnavi.jp Retrieved: 2010-08-31.
  15. ^ R246 Story at the Internet Movie Database
  16. ^ (Japanese)須藤元気が拓殖大学大学院に合格!! Genki Sudo passes entrance exam of Takushoku University Graduate School kamipro.com Retrieved: 2010-08-31.
  17. ^ (Japanese)Short Short Film Festival & Asia 2010 News Release No.014 shortshorts.org Retrieved: 2010-08-31.
  18. ^ (Japanese)WE ARE ALL ONE : Profile crnavi.jp Retrieved: 2010-08-31.
  19. ^ WE ARE ALL ONE : Profile crnavi.jp Retrieved: 2010-08-31.

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