I think that you will be shocked
when you hear in what state of health I am. When the doctor told me about
it, it was an enormous shock even for myself. But I want to inform you about my
state of health so that I can fight together with you against this illness. This
illness is the most severe opponent of all my fights. But I will win. As if I
would stand in the ring I will get power from your cheers and beat this strong
opponent. Unfortunately I will not be able to fight at the tournament in October.
I will fight against this illness in Japan and one day I will appear again with
you. Don't lose hope!
This homepage is dedicated to Ilona & Seya Hug.
Andy Hug was born on 7th
September 1964 in the small village of Wohlen in Switzerland. Because his mother
was unable to care for him, Andy was immediately given up for adoption. Andy Hug
spent the first years of his life in an orphanage, until his grandmother took
over his care when he was three years old.
It has been said that Andy's home situation brought on mocking and bullying from
his classmates. When a friend of Andy's introduced him to the local Karate dojo, (he
was only 10 years old at the time) Andy began taking karate lessons so he could
fight back. Andy quickly became so good that the Swiss Karate Federation bent
the rules to allow the teenaged sensation to compete with adults for the All
Switzerland Karate Championship. Andy won the tournament easily!
Andy was only 19 years old when
fought in Japan for the first time, at the Kyokushin 3rd World Open Tournament
in 1983. Andy was a newcomer and a young talent, and he impressed the whole world
with his unique fighting skills and technique. Four years later, at the 4th
Kyokushin World Open in 1987, Andy made it to the finale by easily defeating big
fighters like Masuda from Japan and Ademir da Costa from Brazil - both of whom
have passed the ultimate test in Kyokushin, the 100 men kumite.
The 4th World Open final
was a fight against the two best technical fighters ever in the history of
Kyokushin: Matsui and Andy. It was the first time ever that a non-Japanese
fighter was in a World Open finale, and today Kyokushin karate-ka and fight
lovers around the world still talk about the big finale, and about the outcome
and the result. But no matter the result, Andy opened a new area for European
and western fighters, and showed the world that by hard training and true skills,
anybody can become a champion. To a lot of people, Andy was the true winner of
the finale, and should have been the champion of the 4th World Open Tournament.
One year later, on 17th September
1988, a special Kyokushin karate event was held in Sursee in Switzerland. It was
the 1st International Super-Cup, which had been organized by the Swiss Karate
Association. Kyokushin competitors from Japan, Great Britain,
the Netherlands, Hungary, Germany and Spain fought in the tournament. Before the
vice-world champion, Andy Hug was to fight against Kenji Midori from Japan in the finale
Midori became the 5th Kyokushin World Open Champion in 1991); Andy defeated
Siegfried Elson from the Netherlands in the semi-finale. The most exciting fight
of the evening was undeniably the finale between Andy Hug and Kenji Midori.
After two extension rounds, Andy Hug was declared as the winner of the fight and
In 1989, Andy Hug became Kyokushin European Champion in the Heavyweight Division
for the second time. Andy was a superior European champion, and he was so
popular that he traveled around the countries of Europe as a special guest
instructor at Kyokushin summer camps to teach the art of knock down karate.
Before Andy Hug left Kyokushin karate in 1992, to fight for Seidokaikan Karate
and in the K-1, he fought against the best fighters and the biggest names in the
history of Kyokushin, and only lost a very few fights. Even though it has been
more than 8 years since Andy Hug left the Kyokushin karate organization,
Andy is still remembered and respected as a superstar and idol for many
Kyokushin members - as the true champion that he was for more than a decade in
Japan and around the world.