Translator’s Note: Ironically, Yanagi Ryuken was born in the USSR during 1941 and not in Japan. Indeed, he was born in those islands ‘North’ of Japan which
Firstly, there is much talk in China and Japan that the 2006 fight held in the Hokkaido General Gymnasium (attracting a crowd of around 200 spectators to Sapporo) – a challenge match between 65-year-old Yanagi Ryuken (柳龍拳 – Liu Long Quan) Height 170cm, Weight 77Kg and the 35-year-old Iwakura Tsuyoshi (岩倉豪 – Yan Cang Hao) Height 165cm, Weight 76Kg, a Japanese journalist and political activist trained in Judo, Karate and Brazilian Jujitsu (that occurred on November 26th) was ‘fixed’.
Background information to the infamous 2006 challenge match between Yanagi Ryuken and Iwakura Tsuyoshi in Japan, the video of which went viral in a matter of hours in both Asia and Japan. Curiously, despite Yanagi’s lose – he is as popular as ever in Japan, whereas Iwakura Tsuyoshi has disappeared into obscurity.