黒澤浩樹 – Hiroki Kurosawa: A Samurai Has Left

Achievements

  • 6th World Tournament 1995 (IKO-1) — 6th (Lost to Yamaki)
  • 5th World Tournament 1991 — 3rd (Lost to Midori)
  • 4th World Tournament 1987 — 6th (Lost to Thompson – inj.)
  • 25th All Japan Tournament 1993 — 6th
  • 17th All Japan Tournament 1985 — 2nd
  • 16th All Japan Tournament 1984 — 1st
  • 10th All Japan Weight Tournament 1993 — 3rd
  • 8th All Japan Weight Tournament 1991 — 4th
  • 4th All Japan Weight Tournament 1987 — 2nd

    Kurosawa vs Matsui

Everyone who is familiar with the history of Kyokushin Karate has heard about the legendary fighter Hiroki Kurosawa, or seen videos of his matches. To this day, Kurosawa remains a symbol of ruthless attacks and devastating low kicks. Relentlessly attacking and moving forward to simply destroy opponents. At one point Kurosawa‘s kicks were measured by a device to deliver 1420 pounds of striking power!

Kurosawa burst onto the tournament scene in 1984, when he became the first player to win the Japan Cup, in his first attempt. He continu

ed the winning streak a year later, when he reached the final where he lost to Shokei Matsui.

In his first World Championships, he reached the quarter-finals, but he could not fight because of the numerous injuries he had suffered in the great victorious battle with the Dutchman – Peter Smit, a fight that became known as an example of “true Kyokushinkai Fighting Spirit”.

Kurosawa vs Yamaki at the 5th World Tournament

Four years later, in the fifth World Cup, he went a step further and reached the top four, where he lost to later champion – Kenji Midori. In 1995, in his third World Cup Kurosawa he achieved what could not be done be any other player – reaching the top eight for the third time. Unfortunately, he lost another fight with his old rival Kenji Yamaki, the later winner.

Kurosawa’s ‘push forward’ mentality, was daunting for fighter’s he faced, as he would try to cause as much damage as possible whilst waiting for the opportunity to make a mistake and then go for the KO.

Hiroki Kurosawa was under rehabilitation from knee surgery in 2016, but died of acute heart failure on March 25th, 2017.

OSU!

Comments 7

  1. Jerome

    I’m saddened to hear of his passing. While stationed at Yokota AB in Japan we were both in the same regional schools (Kanto plans). I saw him a few times at promotions and Summer training camp on the beach and at Mt Fuji; where I met Kenji Midori in 1989. I also saw him at tournaments, he either fought or helped his classmates that fought like Akira Masuda; that came in 2nd at the 1991 World Tournament. I was there to see it, not to mention I saw Mas Oyama for the last time. I remember seeing Hiroki beat a huge Canadian guy to take 3rd place at the World Tournament. The last time I saw Hiroki (which ironically is my son’s middle name), was at the 1992 Summer Training Camp at one of the lakes at Mt Fuji. A bunch of lower belts were taking pictures with him. The only time I saw him slightly smile for about 4 seconds is after everyone walked away he started grinning at Akira Masuda because he was laughing at him. We walked past each other and we nodded to each other as we walked by each other, usual. Rest in peace…OSU!

  2. Shabazz

    Shihan Kurosawa will be missed by many that admired his fighting prowess. I watched many of his fights but, my favorite will always between him and Kancho Yamaki.

  3. Ronny

    Last year my brother passed away, which was also a true Kyokushin fighter. He and Kurosawa become my inspiration and motivation now to reach my 2nd kyu. The exam will be held 68 days from now on, and I promise myself to dedicate my preparation with the spirit of my brother and Kurosawa sensei. OSU!

  4. Tony Pizzi

    I idolized and fought like Kurosawa using many Gedan mawashi geri. Being a small fighter he had a huge tamawashi and will forever be remembered by many as one of the great not just kyokushin fighter but a great man he was. Osu! Domo arrigato gosai masta Hiroki!!!! Ichi Ban!!! OSU!!!!!!

  5. Raul

    Yo soy de Latinoamérica de Chile y me causo mucha pen saber su deceso, un grande artista marcial e inspirador , un verdadero kyokushinman, siempre lo seguí viendo sus videos desde el otro lado del mundo
    Raúl

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