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Akira Masuda presiding at Ko Ryu Jiai (Tournament), Japan, 3 November 2003
May 22, 1962|
Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||85.5 kg (188 lb; 13.46 st)|
He was born in 1962 in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan. In junior high school he was captain of the school judo club. When he was 16 years old he joined Kyokushin Kaikan Ishikawa Dojo. At 19 years old he made his debut in his first All Japan Tournament.
He remained a top athlete in Kyokushin All Japan Tournaments, going on to beat Michel Wedel, Gerard Gordeau and Michael Thompson. He fought and lost to Andy Hug however Hug was unable to walk after the fight.
- Note on Japanese names: Family names go before given names, so in Japan he is known as Masuda Akira, while in the west he is usually referred to as Akira Masuda
- masutatsuoyama.com: "100 Man Kumite - Akira Masuda (March, 1991)"
- primary source: biography Masuda, Akira "Freestyle Karate" ISBN 978-4-902535-03-7, Novelpress, August 2007
14th All Japan - 1982, 8th place: Akira Masuda;
15th All Japan - 1983, 5th place: Akira Masuda;
17th All Japan, 1985, 3rd place: Akira Masuda;
18th All Japan, 1986, 2nd place: Akira Masuda;
21st All Japan, 1989, 4th place: Akira Masuda;
22nd All Japan, 1990, 1st place: Akira Masuda
- kyokushinresults.freeserve.co.uk: "Fighter Profiles Japan"
- kyokushinresults.freeserve.co.uk: "All Japan Champions: 1990 Champion Akira Masuda"
- kyokushincanada.com : "November 2-4, 1991, Tokyo. 2nd place : Akira Masuda, Japan"
- Kyokushin Kaikan Masuda Dojo (in Japanese)
- Masuda, Akira 'Freestyle Karate' ISBN 978-4-902535-03-7, Novelpress, August 2007
- Masuda, Akira 'Masuda Akira - Go, Budojin toshite Ikiru' ISBN 978-4-8094-0768-0, Budo-ra Books, February 2009
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