Osamu Noguchi

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Osamu Noguchi
Born(1934-01-24)January 24, 1934
DiedMay 9, 2016(2016-05-09) (aged 82)[1]
OccupationKickboxing promoter
Known forPioneering Kickboxing in Japan[2]
RelativesKyō Noguchi (brother)

Osamu Noguchi (野口 修, Noguchi Osamu) (24 January 1934 - 9 May 2016) is often credited for creating the sport and the term kickboxing.[3][4]


Osamu Noguchi family moved to Shanghai[5] in 1938 at the invitation of Yoshio Kodama, Noguchi spent his childhood being entertained by Japanese jazz singer Dick Mine in nightclubs run by his father Susumu Noguchi.[6] When the Japanese were defeated in the Pacific War, the Noguchi family were repatriated back to Japan.

After Osamu Noguchi graduated Meiji University, he became the manager of Noguchi Boxing Gym which was owned by his father Susumu Noguchi, and worked as a boxing promoter. In 1961, Noguchi became the owner of Noguchi Gym after his father died, and also promoted his younger brother Kyō Noguchi's boxing matches on television with NET (Nihon Educational Television Co., Ltd, now TV Asahi).[7] However, Noguchi was arrested for matchfixing of world title fights, and was backlisted from the boxing promotion in Japan, including being cut off from his contract with NET.

In 1964 Osamu Noguchi and Tatsuo Yamada organised a 3-on-3 competition of Kyokushin Karate vs Muay Thai competition with Tadashi Nakamura, Kenji Kurosaki and Tadashi Sawamura being the representatives for Karate and defeating their Muay Thai opponents at the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Thailand.[8] This would be the basis of what would be popularly known as the sport of Kickboxing and established the Japan Kickboxing Association.[9]

In 1970 under the guidance of Yoko Yamaguchi persuaded Noguchi to sign Hiroshi Itsuki as a singer with great success.[10]

In October 1972, Noguchi opened a Kickboxing gym on Ratchadamri Road which sparked a backlash in Thailand.[11][12] In 1976 Noguchi, founded the World Kickboxing Association (WKBA).[13][14]

On 9 May 2016, Noguchi died.[15]

Popular culture[edit]

Osamu Noguchi appears as character in the anime Kick no Oni an animated cartoon based on the life of the kickboxer Tadashi Sawamura.[16]


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