Google prefers that you spell the name "Sadakazu Uyenishi".
So long as we're on the topic of big Russian guys being defeated by Asian martial arts practitioners, I did a search to try to find a detailed, credible-sounding account of the purported fight between Okinawan karateman Choki Motobu and a "Russian boxer" in Japan in the 1920s.
This one seemed reasonably credible, though short on detail. it's from an old issue of "Dragon Times," written by Graham Noble. You can find the complete story at:
Also, I've included some material at the end that makes brief mention of Motobu supposedly defeating a Japanese boxer, Piston Horiguchi. He's not Russian, but at least he has a name!
Here we go...
Motobu was born in Shuri, the old capital of Okinawa, in 1871. He had considerable local fame in Okinawa as a fighter-strongman but it was only after he moved to Osaka in 1921 that he became known in Japanese martial art circles.
What brought Motobu to the attention of the Japanese was his victory over a western boxer in a kind of all-comers challenge match. In the earlier part of this century such bouts were occasionally held in Japan pitting western boxers against judo or jujutsu men, (karate was unknown in Japan around this time). These were not "official" bouts for any sort of legitimate title, but something more like sideshow attractions. The results of such bouts have even been recorded in a few cases. Boxing historians for example are fond of pointing out that, back in 1928 in Yokohama, top bantamweight Packy O'Gatty KO'd a Japanese jujutsu man named Shimakado in 14 seconds. That 14 seconds included the full count, by the way. E. J. Harrison also mentioned in passing a couple of boxing vs. judo shows in his book, The Fighting Spirit of Japan, first published in 1913. Few of the fighters in these events were champions in their sports, but the shows did arouse interest in a certain section of the populace.
Anyway, this was the background to Motobu's victory which so delighted the people back in Okinawa when they heard about it. Soon after Motobu settled in Japan he went to watch a boxing vs. judo show in Kyoto. A boxer taking part beat several judomen rather easily and then issued an open challenge. Moreover, the challenge was issued in a boastful and derogatory way. Choki Motobu, who was sitting in the audience stepped up onto the stage (or ring) and in the ensuing battle he knocked the boxer out-probably with a punch, or series of punches, to the head. That is about as much as we can say about it since no contemporary reports of the fight exist.
I knew that the Japanese magazine Kingu (King) had published a story on Motobu and the boxer back in 1925, but when I finally tracked this down and read the translation I found that it was a piece of imaginative, popular journalism rather than an accurate blow-by-blow report. However, the importance of this feature lay not in its accuracy as a fight report but in the publicity it gave to what had previously been an obscure event. King was the major general interest magazine at the time with a circulation of over a million and this is how Motobu's exploits came to be widely reported. For the record, the King story states that Motobu knocked the boxer unconscious with a rising palm heel strike. On the other hand, Seiyu Oyata, a modern day Okinawan karate expert, states that Motobu won the fight by kicking the boxer in the solar plexus and finishing him off with a strike to the neck. Shoshin Nagamine (Shorin-ryu) says that the knockout came in the third round from a strike to the temple. Motobu hit the boxer so hard that he was knocked down and blood came from his ears. Nagamine was told by Motobu that he had won a hundred yen by betting on himself.
There is no doubt that Choki Motobu was a formidable fighter. Hironori Ohtsuka, the founder of Wado-ryu, knew Motobu in the 1930s and recalled that he was "definitely a very strong fighter." Ohtsuka remembered seeing a fight, or maybe it was more of a sparring match, between Motobu and a boxer named Piston Horiguchi. Motobu blocked all the boxer's attacks and Horiguchi was unable to land a single clean punch.
If you want to hear about "mysterious big russian wrestlers" just do CMA, internal ou external, you are bound to find someone chinese guy owning a russian wrestler who was owning all of the chineses until then. I've heard that stuff in pretty much all the styles I searched on the internet. By their acounts, they had more russians in China before the communist regime then after Mao.
And that's for unarmed combat...if you want to talk about weapons, japanese are the ones to gun for. Chinese master owns japanese fighter in a katana versus jian bout. Chinese fighter teaches a lesson in stick fighting against a samurai with a jo...and so one and so on! But somehow...the names simply disapear...talk about 2000 years of recorded history. :wrestlerf
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lol wasn´t Wong Fei Hung supposed to have beat a "huge russian boxer" in a challenge match? And his vicious dog too, by using the shadowless kick?
No no, Zangief by Final Atomic Buster!
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