|Industry||Shoot Fighting, Hybrid Wrestling, Mixed Martial Arts|
Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling is a mixed martial arts organization founded in Japan in 1993 by professional wrestlers Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Suzuki. An entrepreneur is a person who has possession over a company enterprise, or Venture, and assumes significant accountability for the inherent risks and the outcome best known under his Stage name is a Japanese professional wrestler who performed in New Japan Pro Wrestling, PWFG as well as the UWF. is a Japanese Professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics. For other uses of this term see Industry (disambiguation An industry (from Latin industrius, "diligent industrious" A website (alternatively web site or Web site, a back-construction from the Proper noun World Wide Web) is a collection of Web pages Mixed martial arts (MMA is a full contact Combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques from a mixture of Martial arts traditions and For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics. Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) best known under his Stage name is a Japanese professional wrestler who performed in New Japan Pro Wrestling, PWFG as well as the UWF. is a Japanese Professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. Pancrase is taken from Pankration, a sport in the ancient Olympic games. Pankration (Παγκράτιο(ν Pagkratio(n,) is a Martial arts sport introduced to the Greek Olympic Games in 648 BC and The Olympic Games is an international Multi-sport event established for both summer and winter games Suzuki and Funaki are particularly skilled in the art of catch wrestling and based the promotion on professional wrestling consisting of shoots rather than works. Catch wrestling is a style of Wrestling. Catch wrestling is arguably the ancestor of modern Grappling, Professional wrestling, Mixed martial arts Professional wrestling, or pro wrestling, is a non-competitive professional Sport, where all matches are scripted by the promotion's booking staff In Professional wrestling, a shoot refers to any unplanned event &ndash that is an event that is "real" and not staged Per its custom, its champions are named King of Pancrase rather than the title of Champion.
The promotion had a rule-set more similar to that of professional wrestling than those used in contemporary fighting organizations such as Shooto. Shooto is a Combat sport that is governed by the Shooto Association and the International Shooto Commission. Just as in professional wrestling, closed-fists to the face were illegal and submission holds had to be broken when a competitor made it to the ropes. However, beginning in 1998, it began adopting a rule set more in line with other mixed martial arts organizations, with most fights transitioning to the new ruleset by 2000. Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) Mixed martial arts (MMA is a full contact Combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques from a mixture of Martial arts traditions and 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar.
On November 7, 2007, a weekly television series entitled "Pancrase: Legends of Mixed Martial Arts" premiered on pan Asian cable network ImaginAsian TV. ImaginAsian Entertainment is a multi-media company based out of New York City Hosted by King of Pancrase Open Weight Champion Josh Barnett and Rob Wu, the show looks at legendary fights going back to the beginning of the organization.
In 1993, Masakatsu Funaki, Minoru Suzuki, Yusuke Fuke and others from the shoot-style Fujiwara Gumi wrestling promotion left the company, due to (mentor and promoter) Yoshiaki Fujiwara's decision to cooperate with the likes of Universal Lucha Libre and W*ING and favoring showmanship over in-ring work. best known under his Stage name is a Japanese professional wrestler who performed in New Japan Pro Wrestling, PWFG as well as the UWF. is a Japanese Professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Group ( Purofesshonaru-resuringu Fujiwara-Gumi, プロフェッショナルレスリング藤原組 was a Shoot style Professional is a Japanese Actor, and professional wrestler who has worked for New Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Universal Lucha Libre ( Universal Pro-Wrestling until 1991 Federación Universal de Lucha Libre afterwards was a Professional wrestling promotion As suggested by Karl Gotch, Pancrase was formed by Funaki, Suzuki and Fuke, and the promotion would focus on pure shoot style wrestling with limited gimmicks and no predetermined outcomes. Karl Istaz ( August 3 1924 - July 28, 2007) was a Professional wrestler and trainer born in Antwerp, Belgium, Wrestling is the act of physical engagement between two people in which each wrestler strives to get an advantage over or control of the opponent The first King Of Pancrase Open Weight champion was Ken Shamrock (later becoming famous for his exploits in the Ultimate Fighting Championship), who had previous experience in the Newborn UWF and Fujiwara Gumi. Ken Shamrock (born Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick on February 11 1964) is an American Mixed martial arts fighter and former professional Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC is a US -based Mixed martial arts (MMA organization currently recognized as the largest MMA promotion in the world The original Japanese based Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF was a Japanese professional wrestling promotion from 1984 to 1986, formed by Over the years, Funaki and Suzuki held the title alongside other big names, such as Bas Rutten, Frank Shamrock and Guy Mezger. Sebastiaan "Bas" Rutten (born February 24, 1965) is a Dutch Mixed martial arts fighter and Color commentator. Frank Shamrock (born Frank Alisio Juarez III on December 8 1972 in Santa Monica California) is an American Mixed martial arts fighter Guy Mezger ( January 1, 1968 in Houston Texas) is an American martial artist who competed in professional combat sports ranging
Pancrase now recognizes King of Pancrase titles in the super heavyweight, heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight and welterweight divisions, and there are plans to award new lightweight and featherweight champions in the future. The open weight title was recently restored and is currently held by Josh Barnett, who formerly competed in PRIDE and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Joshua L 'Josh' Barnett (born November 10, 1977, in Seattle, Washington) is an American heavyweight Mixed martial arts PRIDE Fighting Championships ( PRIDE or PRIDE FC for short was a Mixed martial arts organization based in Japan. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC is a US -based Mixed martial arts (MMA organization currently recognized as the largest MMA promotion in the world Minoru Suzuki no longer competes for Pancrase, as he returned to regular professional wrestling in 2003 as a freelancer, but he primarily competes in All Japan Pro Wrestling. ( AJPW) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion established in 1972
Aside from the traditional grappling rules (e. g. , no biting, no eye-gouging) the rules were formerly as follows:
Today, Pancrase uses mixed martial arts rules similar to the ones in PRIDE FC and Shooto. PRIDE Fighting Championships ( PRIDE or PRIDE FC for short was a Mixed martial arts organization based in Japan. Shooto is a Combat sport that is governed by the Shooto Association and the International Shooto Commission.
|Openweight||Josh Barnett (tenth Openweight Champion)|
|Middleweight||Yuki Kondo (interim Middleweight Champion)|
|Welterweight||Takuya Wada (fourth Welterweight Champion)|
|Lightweight||Shoji (first Lightweight Champion)|
|Featherweight||Yoshiro Maeda (first Featherweight Champion)|