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Shooto
Shooto
is a combat sport/mixed martial arts system and mixed martial arts organization that is governed by the Shooto
Shooto
Association and the International Shooto
Shooto
Commission. Shooto
Shooto
was originally formed in 1985, as an organization and as a particular fighting system derived from shoot wrestling. Practitioners are referred to as shooters, similarly to practitioners of shoot wrestling. Shooto
Shooto
rules have evolved such that their events are now true mixed martial arts competitions. The word shooto is an English transliteration of 修斗 (pronounced shū-to), an ateji derived from the English word "shoot". The word 修斗 can be translated as "learn combat".

Contents

1 History 2 Techniques and strategies 3 Fighter classes 4 Current Shooto
Shooto
world champions 5 Current Shooto
Shooto
Pacific Rim champions 6 Current Shooto
Shooto
Brazil
Brazil
champions 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] Shooto
Shooto
was established as a "New Martial arts" (Shin-Kakutōgi) in 1985 by Satoru Sayama (the original Tiger Mask), a Japanese professional wrestler trained in shoot wrestling, who wished to create a sport that revolved around a realistic and effective fighting system.[1][2] After its establishment New Martial arts was renamed "Shooting" which came from Shoot, a term of professional wrestling meaning "Serious match", but this changed to "Shooto" to avoid confusion with Shooting sports. Compared to the other professional wrestling organizations of the time, such as the New Japan
Japan
Pro Wrestling and the Universal Wrestling Federation (Japan), Shooto
Shooto
was aimed at having no predetermined results. The first amateur event was held in 1986 and the first professional event in 1989.[1][2] The Shooto
Shooto
organization hosted the Vale Tudo Japan
Japan
tournament in the summer of 1994. Previously to this tournament, Shooto
Shooto
did not feature punches to the face in a ground position, but after seeing effective usage of punching by foreign participants, Sayama decided to incorporate these striking techniques into shooto. In April 1996, World Shooto, the Shooto
Shooto
Association and the International Shooto Commission were formed. This marked the end of Shooto
Shooto
as a single organization, and turned it into a combat sport with governing bodies. Since establishment of ISC, the champions of Shooto
Shooto
are called "World Champion". Vale Tudo Japan
Japan
events were held annually from 1994 to 1999.[3] In May 2009, it was announced that Vale Tudo Japan
Japan
would return for the first time in ten years on October 30, 2009. Shooto
Shooto
was brought to America in the late 1980s by top student of Satoru Sayama, Yorinaga Nakamura. He began teaching Shooto
Shooto
at the Inosanto Academy in 1991, and is the instructor of Erik Paulson, Ron Balicki, Dan Inosanto, Larry Hartsell, and many others. Shooto
Shooto
South America, also known as ShootoBazil is managed by founder of Nova União mixed martial arts academy, André Pederneiras.[4] Its first event was held in Rio de Janeiro in May 2002[5] There has been an ongoing effort to bring Shooto
Shooto
competition to the United States and Canada that has been spearheaded by Rich Santoro. He was officially named the Director of the International Shooto Commission - SHOOTO Americas division (the North American branch of the Shooto
Shooto
Association) in 2001. He has worked with both U.S. event promoters and state officials to spread the Shooto
Shooto
brand of competition throughout North America. As of 2006 Shooto
Shooto
has taken place in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee, Missouri, Nevada, Hawaii, and Vancouver, British Columbia. Promoters of Shooto
Shooto
events in North America have been HOOKnSHOOT, The Ironheart Crown, Midwest Fighting, Tennessee Shooto, RSF Shooto
Shooto
Challenge, TUFF-N-UFF, World Freestyle Fighting, SHOOTO Hawaii and Mannidog Productions. Previous to 2009, Shooto's rules included a knockdown rule giving knocked down fighters an eight-count to recover as well as allowing strikes to the back of the head. Shooto
Shooto
had argued that the potential for a knocked out (and thus unconscious) fighter to receive unnecessary damage while on the ground necessitated the rule, but with Shooto
Shooto
being one of the lone organizations still having the rule, consideration of the potential for injury allowing a knocked down fighter time to recover thus allowing additional blows, and with the original vision of Shooto's founder being a synthesis of striking, throwing and submitting - the rule change was instituted in mid-2008. The disallowment of strikes to the back of the head was done for similar medical reasons.[1] 2016: Long-running Japanese league Shooto
Shooto
and sister organization Vale Tudo Japan
Japan
will live-stream at least five shows on UFC Fight Pass
UFC Fight Pass
in 2016. Broadcast schedules for both promotions were announced April 20, 2016 during a press conference in Tokyo. Shooto
Shooto
will make its Fight Pass debut this Saturday, April 23, when “Fight & Mosh” emanates live from Maihama Amphitheater in Urayasu, Japan. Two world titles will be on the line, with Masaaki Sugawara making the first defense of his 125-pound belt against Hiromasa Ogikubo, plus Koshi Matsumoto and Yuki Kawana vying for the vacant 155-pound mantle. Following Saturday’s card, Shooto
Shooto
will return with events on July 17 and Nov. 12, both set to take place at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. Vale Tudo Japan, whose bouts are contested in a cage instead of Shooto’s traditional ring, will have a pair of events streamed on Fight Pass this summer. “VTJ in Osaka” takes place June 19 at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, while “VTJ 9th” on Sept. 19 will see the organization return to its birthplace of Chiba prefecture. Techniques and strategies[edit] The aim in a shooto match is to defeat the opponent by a knockout or a submission, but fights can also end in a referee stoppage or by a judge decision. Legal techniques include general grappling, chokeholds, joint locks, kicks, knee strikes, punches, takedowns and throws. Illegal techniques include biting, elbow strikes, eye-gouging, forearm strikes, hair pulling, headbutting, kicking or kneeing the head of a downed opponent, small joint manipulation, strikes to the groin or throat and since September 1, 2008, strikes to the back of the head.[1] Fighter classes[edit] Shooto
Shooto
fighters are categorized into four Classes.

Class-D : Amateur (2x2min, Headgear, Special
Special
point system) Class-C : Amateur (2x3min, Headgear, Special
Special
point system) Class-C+: Amateur (2x3min) Class-B : Pro (2x5min) Class-A : Pro (3x5min)

Fighters start out as Class-D or Class-C fighters and enter amateur competitions that Shooto
Shooto
hosts together with the help of local gyms all over Japan. Class-D Shooto
Shooto
does not allow knee strikes to the face or striking on the ground. Class-C Shooto
Shooto
does not allow striking on the ground, but knee strikes to the head are allowed. There are regional championship and once a year the All- Japan
Japan
amateur championships. Then a fighter can get a Class-B pro license, these fights are 2x5 minute long and use the same rules as Class-A fights. Shooto
Shooto
holds yearly rookie tournaments in each weightclass. When a fighter has gathered enough wins and experience in Class-B he will get awarded with a Class-A license, as a sign that he's part of the elite professional fighters. Current Shooto
Shooto
world champions[edit] Main article: List of Shooto
Shooto
champions

Men's division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses

Light Heavyweight 84 kg (185.2 lb) Siyar Bahadurzada July 15, 2007 August 27, 2009 - Fortaleza, Brazil, August 6, 2010 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Middleweight 77 kg (169.8 lb) Vacant N/A N/A

Welterweight 70 kg (154.3 lb) Koshi Matsumoto April 23, 2016 0

Lightweight 65 kg (143.3 lb) Yutaka Saito January 11, 2016 0

Featherweight 60 kg (132.3 lb) Vacant N/A N/A

Bantamweight 56 kg (123.5 lb) Hiromasa Ogikubo April 23, 2016 0

Flyweight 52 kg (114.6 lb) Ryohei Kurosawa July 17, 2016 0

Current Shooto
Shooto
Pacific Rim champions[edit] Main article: List of Shooto
Shooto
Pacific Rim champions

Men's division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses

Middleweight 77 kg (169.8 lb) Akihiro Murayama June 11, 2011 0

Welterweight 70 kg (154.3 lb) Koshi Matsumoto April 18, 2015 2

Lightweight 65 kg (143.3 lb) Yutaka Saito May 3, 2015 1

Featherweight 60 kg (132.3 lb) Daichi Takenaka March 21, 2016 0

Current Shooto
Shooto
Brazil
Brazil
champions[edit]

Men's division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses

Heavyweight 120 kg (264.6 lb) Caio Alencar December 21, 2014 0

Cruiserweight 95 kg (209.4 lb) Amilcar Alves August 21, 2015 0

Light Heavyweight 84 kg (185.2 lb) Vacant

Middleweight 77 kg (169.8 lb) Ismael de Jesus December 21, 2014 1

Welterweight 70 kg (154.3 lb) Ronys Torres June 23, 2013 1

Lightweight 65 kg (143.3 lb) Felipe Froes May 17, 2015 0

Featherweight 60 kg (132.3 lb) Luciano Benicio November 13, 2015 0

Bantamweight 56 kg (123.5 lb) Ronaldo Candido September 27, 2015 0

Flyweight 52 kg (114.6 lb) Jhonata Silva August 27, 2017 0

Women's Featherweight 60 kg (132.3 lb) Priscila de Souza April 19, 2015 1

See also[edit]

MMA portal

List of Shooto
Shooto
Champions List of Shooto
Shooto
Events

References[edit]

^ a b c d Breen, Jordan (2008-06-08). "Changes Come to Shooto, Fighters React". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-05-13.  ^ a b Breen, Jordan (2009-05-08). "A Blood Called Shooto". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-05-13.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 12, 2007. Retrieved August 28, 2006.  ^ Jordy McElroy (2013-12-17). " Shooto
Shooto
Brazil
Brazil
Promoting 'First Male vs. Female Fight in MMA History'". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2016-04-12.  ^ " Shooto
Shooto
Americas Fights, Fight Cards, Videos, Pictures, Events and more". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 

External links[edit]

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Asia / Oceania (ex. Japan)

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Art of War AFC BRACE Brave Combat Federation Fight Nights Global Kunlun Fight One Championship Road FC SFL URCC

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Brazil

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IVC

Canada

Current

Hard Knocks KOTC Canada

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Europe

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Japan

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DEEP/Jewels IGF Pancrase RINGS Rizin FF Shooto VTJ ZST

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Cage Force DREAM HERO'S Pride FC RisingOn Smackgirl SRC Valkyrie

United States

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Bellator CES CFFC Combate Americas Invicta FC KOTC LFA TPF Titan FC UFC PFL XFC

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