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In this article I will introduce Nasukawa Tenshin, the next generation superstar in Japan and a excellent talent in kickboxing.
I don't usually use English, so it may contain wrong expressions. Please note that.
- Who is Tenshin Nasukawa
- Amateur career
- Professional career
- Defeat Muay Thai champion
- Fighting Style
- Future of career
Who is Tenshin Nasukawa
Nasukawa Tenshin is a Japanese kickboxer. He was born on August 18, 1998 and is currently a senior in high school. He demonstrates his talent from young in kickboxing and is often called "genius".
His class is bantamweight, height is 5 ft 4 in (162cm), weight is 121 pound (55kg). It is a light weight category among Japanese who are not so big.
His professional record is 17 wins (13 KO) 0 losses, and currently he is a champion of "RISE". With tremendous speed and technique, he is already said to be the top level in the world at bantamweight.
Let's introduce Nasukawa Tenshin's career.
Nasukawa Tenshin started karate at the age of 5. Because karate is open weight, it was harsh for him who was small for his age, but he was defeating the big opponent of the body one after another. And he began kickboxing with the influence of watching K-1 on television at elementary school 6th grade.
In kickboxing he have won numerous titles in his childhood. Eventually, his amateur record is 105 races 99 wins (37 ko) 5 losses 1 draw. He was called "pound for pound" in junior category.
Nasukawa debuts as a professional in July 2014. He is fighting at bantamweight (about 121 pounds) from the beginning to the current. His opponent was the seventh ranked player, but he knocked out in 58 seconds. Since then, he fights against only players who are ranked or champions because his performance stands out.
And he did a title match at the 6th match in the career and took a total of 4 times knockdown and knocked out at 2nd round. It was still 16 years old at this time.
Kickboxing is strangely, there are various organizations in Japan alone, and each organization has a champion. For this reason, a tournament was held by gathering the major Japanese champions and a tournament was held to decide who is the strongest. That competition is called "BLADE Tournament" and held in August 2015, he was invited to this.
In this competition, he has defeated the champions of various organizations in a day. Three matches were held here in a day, and he has won all by knockouts. This proved that Nasukawa is the most strongest in Japan at Bantamweight, but there were still one person he should beat up. That person is "Takeru". he is the world champion at K-1.
There is a huge difficulty for Nasukawa and Takeru to fight, and Nasukawa made a lot of effort to overcome it. But it will not be achieved to the end, he will proceed to the next stage.
Defeat Muay Thai champion
Nasukawa has participated in a new kickboxing event called "KNOCK OUT" after the match against Takeru is not achieved. "KNOCK OUT" is a high-level kickboxing event that adopts a rule similar to Muay Thai. In the first game of this event, Nasukawa decided to fight against Muay Thai champion. That opponent is an active champion of Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, the main title of Muay Thai, "Wanchalong PKSenchaigym".
Although the rule of "KNOCK OUT" is close to Muay Thai, attack on elbow is allowed, but he has never experienced that rule. Therefore, he was told that it might be difficult to win this match.
This match was held on December 5th at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL in Tokyo, Japan. When the fight starts, he shows good performance that breaks down the harsh prediction before the match. He moves quickly from the beginning of the match, overwhelming Wanchalong and knocking out with backspin kick at 1R 2 minutes 23 seconds.
By defeating the current champion of Muay Thai, he proved that his talent is unfathomable.
Although he is not a power fighter with a strong body, he has excellent speed and technique, and any attack deals sharp damage to a opponent.
He is a southpaw stance, he is good at attacking with his left hand and left leg. Both punches and kicks are well balanced and excellent overall players.
Because he has a quick step, he rarely get an attack even if he fight against a strong opponent. He has defeated the opponent in all matches, so it is not yet known what level his real skill is.
Here is a movie of a match where he recently knocked out Muay Thai champion.
Future of career
He will become a player symbolizing the Japanese martial arts scene over the next decade. Because kickboxing is a minor sport in Japan, the popularity of Nasukawa is not high, but many fans want the him to be widely known.
Currently there is a rumor that he will challenge MMA and fight at RIZIN which is Japanese major MMA event. Time will tell if it is true or not.
If he challenge MMA, people around the world may know the name of "Tenshin Nasukawa". Please remember the name of him.