Turning the Martial Arts Into Mondo Mayhem

There are people who attend karate exhibitions to marvel at the discipline and focus that the sport demands of its participants, and the ritualism that evokes hundreds of years of history. Then there is karate master Kazuyoshi Ishii, who just likes watching people get their teeth knocked out.

Ishii created the K-1 Grand Prix, an ultimate fighting tournament in which expert practitioners of such disciplines as karate, kick boxing, kung fu, kempo, kakutogi and tae kwon do duke it out to determine which "K" martial art reigns supreme. It's a lot like Iron Chef, with humans taking the pounding as...

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