|Born||April 11, 1961|
Sakai, Osaka, Japan
|Other names||The Bushido Bulldozer|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||208 lb (94 kg; 14.9 st)|
|Rank||6th dan in Seidokaikan |
2nd dan in Shorinji kempo
|Occupation||Karateka, kickboxer, actor, referee|
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Fighting style
- 5 Titles
- 6 Kickboxing record
- 7 Karate record (incomplete)
- 8 Mixed martial arts record
- 9 Filmography
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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.
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.
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. 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.
Kakuda rebounded with several consecutive wins, including a dominant victory over wing chun practitioner Joe Sayah. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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. The following summer, he earned second place at the Bodybuilding Fitness Championship Tournament in Osaka. The victory allowed him to advance to the 28th Japan Masters Championship Competition, where he earned second place.
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.
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.
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)
- K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Seoul - Quarterfinalist
- 2015 Japan-Guam Goodwill Bodybuilding Championships - 3rd place
- 2016 Osaka Bodybuilding Fitness Championship Tournament - 2nd place
- 28th Japan Masters Championship - 2nd place
|11 Wins (5 KOs), 5 Losses (1 KO), 1 Draw|
|September 23, 2005||Loss||George Longinidis||K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Osaka – Final Elimination||Decision (Unanimous)||3||3:00||Osaka, Japan|
|May 27, 2005||Win||Mavrick Harvey||K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Paris||KO (Punch)||1||0:56||Paris, France|
|March 19, 2005||Loss||Akebono||K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Seoul||Decision (Unanimous)||3||3:00||Seoul, South Korea||K-1 WGP 2005 in Seoul opening round|
|August 15, 2003||Loss||Musashi||K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 in Las Vegas||Decision (Unanimous)||3||3:00||Las Vegas, United States|
|August 19, 2001||Win||Baboo Da Silva||K-1 Andy Memorial 2001 Japan GP Final||Decision (Unanimous)||3||3:00||Saitama, Japan|
|January 30, 2001||Draw||Ryushi Yanagisawa||K-1 Rising 2001||Draw||3||3:00||Matsuyama, Japan|
|March 19, 2000||Win||Hiroki Kurosawa||K-1 Burning 2000||TKO (Right Hook, 3 Knockdowns)||1||1:53||Yokohama, Japan|
|June 6, 1999||Win||Duncan Airlie James||K-1 Survival '99||Decision (Unanimous)||5||3:00||Sapporo, Japan|
|October 28, 1998||Win||Bart Vale||K-1 Japan '98 Kamikaze||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||1||2:09||Tokyo, Japan|
|July 20, 1997||Win||Ryuji Murakami||K-1 Dream '97||Decision (Unanimous)||5||3:00||Nagoya, Japan|
|April 29, 1997||Loss||Changpuek Kiatsongrit||K-1 Braves '97||Decision (Unanimous)||5||3:00||Fukuoka, Japan|
|Fight was for vacant WMTC Cruiserweight World Title.|
|December 8, 1996||Win||Tsutomu Ueda||K-1 Hercules '96||KO (Right Hook)||1||1:50||Nagoya, Japan|
|September 1, 1996||Win||Zane Frazier||K-1 Revenge '96||Decision (Unanimous)||5||3:00||Osaka, Japan|
|December 9, 1995||Win||Joe Sayah (Bruce "Dragon" Joe)||K-1 Hercules||KO (Punch)||1||1:25||Nagoya, Japan|
|October 8, 1995||Win||Nobuhiro Kikuchi||KO||1||-|
|September 3, 1995||Loss||Stan Longinidis||K-1 Revenge II||KO (Low Kick)||2||3:05||Yokohama, Japan|
|July 16, 1995||Win||Joe Son||K-3 Grand Prix '95||KO (Punch)||1||1:40||Nagoya, Japan|
Karate record (incomplete)
|July 4, 1999||Loss||Hiroki Kurosawa||Pride 6||Decision||Yokohama, Japan||Kyokushin rules|
|October 8, 1995||Win||Nobuhiro Kikuchi||Karate World Cup '95||KO (Left High Kick)||1||2:15||Seidokaikan rules|
|October 3, 1993||Loss||Michael Thompson||1993 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup - First Round||KO (Right High Kick)||1||1:40||Osaka, Japan||Seidokaikan rules|
|June 25, 1993||Loss||Michael Thompson||K-1 Sanctuary III||KO (Left High Kick)||1||0:47||Osaka, Japan||Seidokaikan rules|
|April 30, 1993||Loss||Andy Hug||K-1 Grand Prix '93||KO (Left Knee)||2||1:26||Tokyo, Japan||Seidokaikan rules|
|October 2, 1992||Loss||Andy Hug||1992 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup - Second Round||Ippon||Seidokaikan rules|
|March 26, 1992||Draw||Willie Williams||Kakutogi Olympics I||Draw||3||2:00||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
|0 Wins, 1 Loss (1 KO), 0 Draws|
|January 25, 1992||Loss||Rob Kaman||RINGS Battle Dimensions Tournament 1992 - Opening Round||TKO (Knee Drop)||3||2:03||Tokyo, Japan|
|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||Japanese dub|
|2004||Godzilla: Final Wars|
|2007||Shin kyûseishu densetsu Hokuto no Ken: Raô den - Gekitô no shô||Akashachi (voice)|
|2013||The Wolverine||Buddhist Priest|
|2007||Fist of the Blue Sky||Hôsaku Ôkawa (voice)|
|2009||Heart of a Samurai|
|2015||Kodoku no Gourmet|
- "Nobuaki Kakuda". The Japan Times. (Life). September 25, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
- "Hiroki Kurosawa vs Nobuaki Kakuda Kyokyshin Karate Pride 6". 22 December 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2018 – via YouTube.
- "Joe Son vs Nobuaki Kakuda". 13 October 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2018 – via YouTube.
- "Stan "The Man" Longinidis vs Nobuaki Kakuda - K-1 Highlights". 7 April 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2018 – via YouTube.
- "Nobuaki Kakuda vs. Joe Sayah K-1 1995". 8 September 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2018 – via YouTube.
- "Kakuda Nobuaki VS Musashi - K-1 WGP in Las Vegas I ". 8 September 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2018 – via YouTube.
- "Akebono Vs Nobuaki Kakuda (Part 2/2)". 26 August 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2018 – via YouTube.
- "Mavrick "The Soul Collector" Harvey vs. Nobuaki Kakuda". 28 June 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2018 – via YouTube.
- "Nobuaki Kakuda vs George "The Iron Lion" Longinidis". 17 January 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2018 – via YouTube.
- "Nobuaki Kakuda achieves gold medal in first appearance at bodybuilding championship (Japanese)". NikkanSports.com. Sports. September 26, 2015. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
- "Nobuaki Kakuda wins three crowns in bodybuilding domestic debut (Japanese)". Sports. July 10, 2016. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
- "Nobuaki Kakuda wins Japan Masters Bodybuilding Second Place (Japanese)". Sports. September 18, 2016. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
- "Video: German martial arts master breaks record smashing baseball bats with his shins". Guinness World Records. May 9, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
- "スパイキッズ３：ゲームオーバー[吹]". Star Channel. Retrieved March 13, 2019.