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Nicholas Pettas

Updated: 2008-11-03
Nicholas Pettas

Facts

Country Denmark Age 44
Club Spirit Gym Height 180 cm / 5.9"
Style Karate Weight 98 kg / 216 lbs
Website http://www.nicholaspettas.com Categories WGP

Titles
Kyokushin Karate European Champion 1995 Kyokushin Karate 6th.World Championships 5th.place 1995 Kyokushin Karate World Weight Category 3rd. 1997 Kyokushin Karate 7th.World Championships 5th. Place 1999 The 10th.Shin Karate World Championships Champion 1999 K-1 Japan Grand Prix Champion 2001

Results Total Win KOs Loss Draw
K1 Fights 12 5 4 7 0
Other Fights 0 0 0 0 0
Statistics 12 42% 33% 58% 0

Description

Nicholas Pettas, (born January 23, 1973), is a multilingual, multinational (Danish/American) Karate and Kickboxing Champion, and a star in the world of Japanese martial arts, where his intense fighting, and knowledge of the bushido tradition, has earned him the moniker, "The Blue-Eyed Samurai".

Born on the Greek Isle of Mykonos, he moved to Denmark at the age of 3 following the death of his father. At the age of 14 he took up Kyokushin Karate, a move that would forever change his life. By the time he had entered high school, he had made up his mind to go to Japan to train with Master Masutatsu (Mas) Oyama, the founder of the Kyokushin style.

At the age of 18, Nicholas entered Master Oyama's 1000 day live-in, rigorous, boot-camp style program, Uchi Deshi. Nicholas became the first, and until this day, is the only non-Japanese to ever complete the program. Unfortunately shortly after his completion Master Oyama passed away, and was not able to witness his protégé's many accomplishments to come.

In 1995, at the age of 22, he became the European Heavyweight Karate Champion, and in the same year took 5th place in the World Championships; then 3rd in 1997. Soon after he started his career in K-1, the most prestigious kickboxing organization in the world and in 1999 won the K-1 Japan Grand Prix, placing him among the top 8 kick boxers in the world, and fighting before over 70,000 spectators in the Tokyo Dome.

With his newfound fame, and aided by his rugged good looks and smoldering eyes, Nicholas was soon found himself being wooed by the media, appearing in a number of variety shows, TV dramas, radio shows, and various guest appearances and demonstrations. He has since turned his focus to acting, with the same intensity, dedication, and passion that has made his name and reputation in the martial arts.

In 2003, Nicholas made his film debut in the Japanese movie, Ikken-ya Puroresu (House of Smack Down). In the same year he also appeared in the film Road 88, playing an American Buddhist monk, making a motorcycle pilgrimage around Japan. 2004 he completed filming of Siberian Express 5, appearing as a Russian cop. 2005 has proven to be a new year for Nicholas and also a new chapter in his acting career starring as the lead male role in the movie "Wrestling Inferno", and during May Nicholas spent time in New York and L.A. shooting on the Japanese production of the Movie " The Winds of God, Kamikaze", sharing the lead role with a Japanese actor Masayuki Imai, in a yet to be released movie about the true spirit of the Japanese kamikaze pilots during the second world war.

Information from Nicholas Pettas Official Web


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