ANDY HUG

The Blue Eyed Samurai

Switzerland had a very well known and successful representative of the Kyokushin Style;

 

Andy Hug:

Andreas "Andy" Hug (September 7, 1964 – August 24, 2000) was a Swiss karateka and kickboxer who competed in the heavyweight division. Considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight kickboxers of all time, Hug was renowned for his tremendous athleticism and speed and ability to execute numerous kicking techniques rarely seen in high level competition.His trademark kicks included the axe kick and the "Hug Tornado", a low spinning heel kick.


Andy Hug made the switch from Kyokushinkaikan to Seidokaikan in 1992. After winning the 1992 Seidokaikan Karate World Cup, Hug then transitioned to K-1 kickboxing. Hug continued to improve his skills and rebounded by winning the Universal Kickboxing Federation (UKF) World Super Heavyweight Championship in 1994. He continued to be one of K-1's top contenders in the following years, reaching the final of the K-1 World Grand Prix twice more (in 1997 and 1998) and becoming a three-time world champion.

RIP. Osu.