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Throwback : 3rd IKO World Open-weight Tournament (1984)

shihannickavatarIt’s a strange experience viewing a video of a fight from 32yrs ago for the first time, where my plan for fighting and the circumstances surrounding it are still vivid in my memory, but the details of the fight is restricted to almost a single screen-shot.

It was the 3rd round of the IKO 3rd World Open-weight Tournament of 1984 in Japan. I was up against 6ft 6” Gerard Gordeau of Holland, who later became a legend in UFC as the finalist of the first ever event, where he famously lost to Royce Gracie (Brazilian Jiu-jitsu). Although I was disadvantaged as a middle-weight weighing circa 78kg, I had the benefit of competing against my 100kg opponent the year before in a team event attended by Great Britain, Holland and hosted by Switzerland in Liechtenstein, where we drew in an eventful fight. Over the following year I had, in my opinion raised my game by a level or two. I knew he was going to be a tough opponent and had decided to fight in a switching stance style, which I had been experimenting with. As the fight progressed I realised that a more direct route was reaping rewards and became more aggressive, suppressing my taller opponents range advantage. The strategy proved successful, much to my delight and the evident dismay of Gordeau, as I was given the decision at the end of the first 3 mins. My award for winning was a bout in the next round against Kazuhiko Ogasawara who had placed 2nd in the All Japan “selection tournament” a few months earlier.


  1. Hi Nick, brings back memories off lots of hard training to get there, glad to see your well and still going.
    • Hello Tom, Yes very hard training and still remember your circuits too

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