Nobuaki Kakuda

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Nobuaki Kakuda
Born (1961-04-11) April 11, 1961 (age 58)
Sakai, Osaka, Japan
Native name角田信朗
Other namesThe Bushido Bulldozer
NationalityJapan Japanese
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight208 lb (94 kg; 14.9 st)
StyleSeidokaikan karate
Rank6th dan in Seidokaikan
2nd dan in Shorinji kempo
Years active1982–2005
Kickboxing record
By knockout5
By knockout1
Other information
OccupationKarateka, kickboxer, actor, referee

Nobuaki Kakuda (角田信朗, Kakuda Nobuaki, born April 11, 1961 in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture) is a retired karateka and kickboxer.

Early life[edit]

After attending university, Kakuda opened a karate dojo in Kobe but was forced to shut it down after two years. He subsequently worked as a dishwasher, ramen chef, and construction worker. At age 28, he was employed as a bouncer at a public bath in Nara, where he dodged knives thrown at him by local Yakuza after denying them entry.[1]



Competitive karate made up the longest portion of Kakuda's martial arts career, beginning relatively early in his life as captain of his university's karate club. Less than a decade later, he was representing Japan in international competition, fighting under kyokushin and eventually seidokaikan rules. He retired following a loss to Michael Thompson at the Seidokaikan Karate World Cup in 1993, but revisited the sport occasionally in later years. His most recent karate fight to date was a decision loss to Hiroki Kurosawa at Pride 6.[2]


From December 1991 to July 1993, Kakuda performed in RINGS, an organization which promoted professional wrestling and eventually mixed martial arts. Though his tenure was prior to the federation's official move to no-holds-barred competition, he competed in a single legitimate fight at the RINGS Battle Dimensions Tournament 1992, meeting kickboxing legend Rob Kaman under mixed rules. He lost the fight when, in the third round, Kaman smashed his knee into his downed opponent's face and a technical knockout was ruled.


Kakuda's kickboxing tenure began with a victory over fellow newcomer Joe Son at the K-3 Grand Prix '95. After being knocked down early in the fight, Kakuda pummeled Son with unanswered punches and kicks to score a knockout win.[3] His triumph was followed by a more sobering encounter with multi-time world champion Stan Longinidis, who controlled the match with powerful combinations before defeating Kakuda with low kicks.[4]

Kakuda rebounded with several consecutive wins, including a dominant victory over wing chun practitioner Joe Sayah.[5] The streak led to a shot at the vacant WMTC Cruiserweight World Championship at K-1 Braves '97 against legendary Muay Thai fighter Changpuek Kiatsongrit. Kakuda's defensive strategy served him poorly against Kiatsongrit, who won by unanimous decision after controlling all five rounds.

Faring better in his following six matches, Kakuda endured no worse than a draw to mixed martial artist Ryūshi Yanagisawa and gained his only victory over a world champion by defeating Duncan Airlie James. However, after eight years as an active kickboxer, Kakuda sought retirement to focus on his other duties within K-1. What was to be his final match took place at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 in Las Vegas against fellow seidokaikan stylist Musashi.[6] Kakuda endured four knockdowns in the final two rounds and lost via unanimous decision.

Kakuda returned from retirement to take part in the first kickboxing tournament of his career - the K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Seoul. His first opponent in 19 months was ex-sumo wrestler Akebono Tarō. Despite being the match favorite due to Tarō's 0-5 kickboxing record, Kakuda found himself in trouble when the former yokozuna made use of his tremendous size advantage by swarming his opponent, wearing him down with knees and uppercuts. Kakuda was left with little opportunity (or room) to strike back and lost by unanimous decision.[7]

Kakuda redeemed himself of the loss later that year with his most dominant win yet over mixed martial artist Mavrick Harvey. Within the first minute of fighting, Kakuda scored a one-hit knockout when he struck his opponent in the face, shattering Harvey's cheekbone.[8] Kakuda's next match would mark his second retirement from kickboxing, taking place at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Osaka – Final Elimination. His final opponent was K-1 newcomer George Longinidis, who defeated Kakuda via unanimous decision in a hard-fought battle.[9]

At the time of his second retirement in 2005, Kakuda was the oldest (44) and shortest (174 cm) participant in the K-1 tournaments. His association with K-1 continues as a regent, ringside judge, and referee – positions he'd already held during his fighting career. He has also served as an executive producer for K-1 under the Fighting and Entertainment Group.


On September 26, 2015, Kakuda entered the world of competitive bodybuilding by participating in the Japan-Guam Goodwill Bodybuilding Championship, where he placed third in the master class.[10] The following summer, he earned second place at the Bodybuilding Fitness Championship Tournament in Osaka.[11] The victory allowed him to advance to the 28th Japan Masters Championship Competition, where he earned second place.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Kakuda has two children; he named his son Kenshiro (賢士朗) and daughter Yuria (友里亜) after characters of Fist of the North Star. He is a licensed high school instructor and speaks Japanese, English, French, Thai, and Korean. He is also superstitious, believing in ghosts and spirits and possessing a variety of charms, including a stone from the emperor's grave.[1]

Kakuda repeatedly set Guinness world records for breaking the most wooden baseball bats with his shin in one minute: 27 bats in 2001, 33 in 2002, and 54 in 2009. His record was eventually beaten by German martial artist Kerim Duygu, who managed to break 65 bats in 2017.[1][13]

Fighting style[edit]

Kakuda is primarily a defensive fighter, his style and technique having been molded by his career in karate. Able to absorb a lot of punishment, his plan of action has been to wait for an opening before attacking with high precision. This approach has especially advantaged him over inexperienced fighters who mistake his defensiveness for weakness and consequently fail to anticipate a counterattack. His punching power is considerable, as demonstrated by his single-strike victory over Mavrick Harvey.

Kakuda’s technique isn’t upset by an opponent’s size alone, as he’s repeatedly defeated fighters much taller and heavier than he. (An exception being the extraordinarily large Akebono.) Rather, the fighters who have defeated him tend to be both experienced and aggressive, wearing down his defenses while absorbing or negating his comeback strikes. Given his particular skill level, Kakuda often played the role of K-1’s gatekeeper by testing the organization’s new or junior fighters.



  • 1988 Satojyuku POINT & KO Japan Open Tournament - Runner-up
  • 1999 Satojyuku POINT & KO Japan Open Tournament - Runner-up
  • 7th Kyokushin Karate Tournament - 4th place (Heavyweight division)



  • 2015 Japan-Guam Goodwill Bodybuilding Championships - 3rd place
  • 2016 Osaka Bodybuilding Fitness Championship Tournament - 2nd place
  • 28th Japan Masters Championship - 2nd place

Kickboxing record[edit]

11 Wins (5 KOs), 5 Losses (1 KO), 1 Draw
Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time Location Notes
September 23, 2005 Loss Australia George Longinidis K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Osaka – Final Elimination Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 Japan Osaka, Japan
May 27, 2005 Win Germany Mavrick Harvey K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Paris KO (Punch) 1 0:56 France Paris, France
March 19, 2005 Loss Japan Akebono K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Seoul Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 South Korea Seoul, South Korea K-1 WGP 2005 in Seoul opening round
August 15, 2003 Loss Japan Musashi K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 in Las Vegas Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 United States Las Vegas, United States
August 19, 2001 Win Brazil Baboo Da Silva K-1 Andy Memorial 2001 Japan GP Final Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 Japan Saitama, Japan
January 30, 2001 Draw Japan Ryushi Yanagisawa K-1 Rising 2001 Draw 3 3:00 Japan Matsuyama, Japan
March 19, 2000 Win Japan Hiroki Kurosawa K-1 Burning 2000 TKO (Right Hook, 3 Knockdowns) 1 1:53 Japan Yokohama, Japan
June 6, 1999 Win Scotland Duncan Airlie James K-1 Survival '99 Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00 Japan Sapporo, Japan
October 28, 1998 Win United States Bart Vale K-1 Japan '98 Kamikaze TKO (Doctor Stoppage) 1 2:09 Japan Tokyo, Japan
July 20, 1997 Win Japan Ryuji Murakami K-1 Dream '97 Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00 Japan Nagoya, Japan
April 29, 1997 Loss Thailand Changpuek Kiatsongrit K-1 Braves '97 Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00 Japan Fukuoka, Japan
Fight was for vacant WMTC Cruiserweight World Title.
December 8, 1996 Win Japan Tsutomu Ueda K-1 Hercules '96 KO (Right Hook) 1 1:50 Japan Nagoya, Japan
September 1, 1996 Win United States Zane Frazier K-1 Revenge '96 Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00 Japan Osaka, Japan
December 9, 1995 Win Australia Joe Sayah (Bruce "Dragon" Joe) K-1 Hercules KO (Punch) 1 1:25 Japan Nagoya, Japan
October 8, 1995 Win Japan Nobuhiro Kikuchi KO 1 -
September 3, 1995 Loss Australia Stan Longinidis K-1 Revenge II KO (Low Kick) 2 3:05 Japan Yokohama, Japan
July 16, 1995 Win United States Joe Son K-3 Grand Prix '95 KO (Punch) 1 1:40 Japan Nagoya, Japan

Karate record (incomplete)[edit]

Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time Location Notes
July 4, 1999 Loss Japan Hiroki Kurosawa Pride 6 Decision Japan Yokohama, Japan Kyokushin rules
October 8, 1995 Win Japan Nobuhiro Kikuchi Karate World Cup '95 KO (Left High Kick) 1 2:15 Seidokaikan rules
October 3, 1993 Loss England Michael Thompson 1993 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup - First Round KO (Right High Kick) 1 1:40 Japan Osaka, Japan Seidokaikan rules
June 25, 1993 Loss England Michael Thompson K-1 Sanctuary III KO (Left High Kick) 1 0:47 Japan Osaka, Japan Seidokaikan rules
April 30, 1993 Loss Switzerland Andy Hug K-1 Grand Prix '93 KO (Left Knee) 2 1:26 Japan Tokyo, Japan Seidokaikan rules
October 2, 1992 Loss Switzerland Andy Hug 1992 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup - Second Round Ippon Seidokaikan rules
March 26, 1992 Draw United States Willie Williams Kakutogi Olympics I Draw 3 2:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan Kyokushin rules
June 4, 1991 Win Gary Cruzbitz USA Oyama Karate vs Shodo Karate - Last Chance Ext. R Decision (Unanimous) Kyokushin rules

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Mixed rules[edit]

0 Wins, 1 Loss (1 KO), 0 Draws
Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time Location Notes
January 25, 1992 Loss Netherlands Rob Kaman RINGS Battle Dimensions Tournament 1992 - Opening Round TKO (Knee Drop) 3 2:03 Japan Tokyo, Japan



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Ultraman Zearth Instructor of Seidokaikan
1997 Ultraman Zearth 2 Instructor of Seidokaikan
2001 Kinnikuman nisei: Second Generations Narrator (voice)
2001 Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack Commanding Sector Officer Credited as Nobuo Kakuda
2003 Shin karate baka ichidai 2 Video release
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Toymaker[14] Japanese dub
2004 Godzilla: Final Wars
2007 Shin kyûseishu densetsu Hokuto no Ken: Raô den - Gekitô no shô Akashachi (voice)
2007 Detective Story
2013 The Wolverine Buddhist Priest
2015 Meikyû Cafe


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Pokémon Shijima (voice)
2002 Manten
2007 Fist of the Blue Sky Hôsaku Ôkawa (voice)
2009 Heart of a Samurai
2015 Kabukimono Keiji
2015 Kodoku no Gourmet

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Nobuaki Kakuda". The Japan Times. (Life). September 25, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Hiroki Kurosawa vs Nobuaki Kakuda Kyokyshin Karate Pride 6". 22 December 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2018 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ "Joe Son vs Nobuaki Kakuda". 13 October 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2018 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ "Stan "The Man" Longinidis vs Nobuaki Kakuda - K-1 Highlights". 7 April 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2018 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Nobuaki Kakuda vs. Joe Sayah K-1 1995". 8 September 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2018 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ "Kakuda Nobuaki VS Musashi - K-1 WGP in Las Vegas I [2003]". 8 September 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2018 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ "Akebono Vs Nobuaki Kakuda (Part 2/2)". 26 August 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2018 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ "Mavrick "The Soul Collector" Harvey vs. Nobuaki Kakuda". 28 June 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2018 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "Nobuaki Kakuda vs George "The Iron Lion" Longinidis". 17 January 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2018 – via YouTube.
  10. ^ "Nobuaki Kakuda achieves gold medal in first appearance at bodybuilding championship (Japanese)". Sports. September 26, 2015. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "Nobuaki Kakuda wins three crowns in bodybuilding domestic debut (Japanese)". Sports. July 10, 2016. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  12. ^ "Nobuaki Kakuda wins Japan Masters Bodybuilding Second Place (Japanese)". Sports. September 18, 2016. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "Video: German martial arts master breaks record smashing baseball bats with his shins". Guinness World Records. May 9, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  14. ^ "スパイキッズ3:ゲームオーバー[吹]". Star Channel. Retrieved March 13, 2019.