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Fil-Japanese wrestler in Manila this month

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Wrestling fans in the country can look forward to the first ever wrestling tournament on Jan. 25 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. Making the sport event even more exciting is that one of the participants is Filipino-Japanese professional wrestler Syuri Kondo a.k.a. KG (for Karate Girl).

 

In a recent visit to the country, Syuri expressed determination to change the landscape of the local combat sport arena by introducing professional wrestling in the country. Wrestling is a popular combat sport in the US and Japan where she was born and raised, and it also has immense following in the Philippines. Syuri knows the sport is not played professionally here, a fact that prompted her to come over.

Interestingly, Syuri has had stints in modeling for fashion magazines and also played bit roles in movies after graduating from high school. Later, in between championship fights in wrestling and kickboxing, she dabbled in music, working with the female singing group Apple Tale on a collaboration titled ” Apple Tale With Syuri.” Their debut album titled “Chouzetsu Otome: Musha Shugyou Hen” was released on Jan. 12.

But fate had something else for Syuri. She could sing and act but it was her skills in karate that was noticed by a talent scout during an entertainment audition that she joined in Tokyo when she was 19 (Syuri is now 24 years old). She passed the auditions conducted by a big talent agency but she was convinced instead to try her luck in combat sports, particularly wrestling.

A professional wrestler for several years now, Syuri is also a shoot boxer and kick boxer. As kick boxer, she has had seven fights and seven wins so far. She fights once every three months.  As a wrestler, Syuri has a fight every week and is also seen on Sports TV Japan regularly. She currently plays for the Wrestling New Classic (WNC) Promotion where she is in her second reign as WNC Women’s Champion.

In 2009, Syuri joined a new promotion called Smash using the one-word ring name Syuri. She lost in her first three fights with Smash but on her fourth, she won over a formidable opponent named Kana in the main event Smash.4. That ended her losing streak. It was also the biggest win in her career as a professional wrestler.

In 2012, after retiring the Smash Diva Championship, Syuri joined WNC. On Nov. 18, WNC and Reina Women’s World Championship announced that Syuri had signed a dual contract with the two promotions, making her the first female wrestler to hold such a contract and distinction.

Ankei Tamashiro, president of RWWC, said that they intend to put up a training center for professional wrestling in the Philippines. And this project will kick off with the first ever wrestling tournament in the country at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Incidentally, when Syuri and the RWWC group came over in November, they also turned over a donation she solicited from colleagues in Japan for the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda.   The donation was coursed through the Rotary Club Southern Pampanga District 3790. Manila Bulletin

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