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Tokimitsu Ishizawa (石澤 常光 Ishizawa Tokimitsu, born August 5, 1968), better known by his ring name Kendo Kashin (ケンドー・カシン, Kendō Kashin), is a Japanese professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he is a coach at the WWE Performance Center. He is perhaps best known for his time in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), where he was a two time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, a one time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion, and the winner of the 1999 Best of the Super Juniors. He is also known for his forays into mixed martial arts, most notably for Pride Fighting Championship (Pride), where he defeated Gracie Jiu Jitsu fighter Ryan Gracie at PRIDE 15.

Kendo Kashin
Kendō Kashin.jpg
Kashin in July 2017
Birth nameTokimitsu Ishizawa
Born (1968-08-05) August 5, 1968 (age 51)[citation needed]
Minamitsugaru, Aomori
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Dragon Soldier B
Kendo Kashin
Kendo Ka Shin
Tokimitsu Ishizawa
Billed height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Billed weight92 kg (203 lb)
Trained byNJPW Dojo
DebutSeptember 21, 1992

CareerEdit

Ishizawa was an outstanding Amateur wrestler from Waseda University before being scouted and initiated into the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) promotion on September 21, 1992, wrestling against Tiger Mask. During the NJPW vs. UWFi feud, he was taught the shoot style by Kazuo Yamazaki. After defeating Yuji Nagata to win the 1996 Young Lion Cup, he left on a learning excursion to Austria's CWA promotion, where he disguised himself under a mask and called himself Kendo Kashin.

He returned to New Japan as Kashin in May 1997 at the Osaka Dome, facing his mentor, Kazuo Yamazaki. Kashin quickly rose up the ranks of the Junior Heavyweight division, utilizing a cross armbreaker and other armbar techniques to quickly submit opponents. After defeating Koji Kanemoto to win the 1999 Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, he defeated Kanemoto again in August of that year to capture the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship for the first time.

In August 2000 Ishizawa ventured into the mixed martial arts world and fought under his real name and without the mask in PRIDE 10. He lost his match with Ryan Gracie by TKO in little more than two minutes. However, it is said that he was forced to fight in the PRIDE's ring by Antonio Inoki, the owner of NJPW at the time, without enough time to train for mixed martial arts fighting. Continuing to suffer many losses, Kashin took several months off from New Japan to train. In July 2001 Ishizawa challenged Ryan for a rematch at PRIDE 15. This time he TKO'd Ryan in under 5 minutes. That same month he returned to New Japan as Kendo Kashin and won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title for the second time by defeating Masayuki Naruse.

In January 2002, while he was still champion, he followed fellow New Japan stars Keiji Mutoh and Satoshi Kojima to rival promotion All Japan Pro Wrestling. In All Japan, Kashin quickly established himself as the Junior ace, submitting Masanobu Fuchi to win the vacant World Junior Heavyweight Championship. He also won the World Tag Team Championship with Yuji Nagata.

In 2004 Kashin split from All Japan to become a freelancer, taking one of the two World Tag Team Championship belts with him, with Nagata taking the other. The championship was later declared vacant by AJPW six months later.

In 2005 he returned to New Japan as a regular for a few months, working through the Inoki Office agency. The agency and New Japan's association ended in late 2005. On April 2, 2005, Kashin competed under a mask as Dragon Soldier B in Ring of Honor's Best of the American Super Juniors Tournament.

After a long hiatus from wrestling, Kashin returned on December 20, 2007 at the Inoki Genome Federation's show in Tokyo and faced off against Kurt Angle for IGF's version of the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship in a losing effort.

Kendo returned to the ring for IGF in 2012. In March 2014, Kashin returned to All Japan Pro Wrestling, announcing his participation in the 2014 Champion Carnival. Kashin faced 2 Cold Scorpio for the WPW title in a losing effort at Cheltenham Town Hall on February 18th 2018 at SuperClash.

On 14th August 2019, it was announced that Kashin has joined the WWE Performance Centre as a coach.[1]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
7 matches 1 win 5 losses
By knockout 1 4
By submission 0 1
By decision 0 0
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–5–1 Katsuyori Shibata TKO (punches) Dream 12 October 25, 2009 1 4:52 Osaka, Japan
Loss 1–4–1 Taiei Kin KO (head kick) K-1 PREMIUM 2006 Dynamite!! December 31, 2006 1 2:48 Osaka, Japan
Loss 1–3–1 Carlos Newton TKO (punches) Hero's 7 October 9, 2006 1 0:22 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 1–2–1 Yoshihiro Akiyama Submission (ezekiel choke) Hero's 4 March 15, 2006 2 1:41 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 1–1–1 Shingo Koyasu Draw Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2001 December 31, 2001 5 3:00 Saitama, Japan K-1 vs. Pride rules
Win 1–1 Ryan Gracie TKO (injury) Pride 15 July 29, 2001 1 4:51 Saitama, Japan
Loss 0–1 Ryan Gracie KO (punches) Pride 10 - Return of the Warriors August 27, 2000 1 2:16 Saitama, Japan

ReferencesEdit

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