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K-1 Global Holdings Limited
Private
Industry Martial-arts entertainment planning and promotion
Founded 1993
Founders Kazuyoshi Ishii
Headquarters
Key people
Amanda Yang, Director Management & Administration

Alin Hălmăgean, Director Operations

Ned Kuruc, Director Operations
Owner K-1 Global Holdings Limited

K-1 began in 1993 and is a kickboxing organisation and martial arts brand well-known worldwide mainly for its heavyweight division fights. In January 2012, K-1 Global Holdings Limited, a company registered in Hong Kong, acquired the rights to K-1, and is the current organizer of K-1 events worldwide. K-1 has held events in many countries around the world.

History

K-1's predecessor Seidokaikan Karate was formed in 1980 by Kazuyoshi Ishii, a former Kyokushin karate practitioner who had formed his own organization to help promote the best stand-up martial artists. Seidokaikan arranged several successful challenge events against other martial arts organizations, originally using rules based on the Kyokushin Knockdown karate rules, but gradually adapting and changing closer to kickboxing rules. In 1993, Mr. Ishii founded the K-1 organization exclusively as a kickboxing organization.

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