Team Greece vs World at SEiZA Budo in Tokyo
Team Greece (l) faces off Team World at SEiZA Girl's Budo Entertainment on Thursday, January 19, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan

Mixed martial arts show SEiZA is held on Thursday, January 19, 2017 in Tokyo.

SEiZA is the first professional women’s Budo entertainment. The actual meaning of the word “Budo” characterizes the modern martial arts in Japan. Its translation is the “Way of War” or the “Martial Way”.

The project aims to top up the level of sports entertainment in the “Country of the Rising Sun”. The backbone is the World Kickboxing Network.

Japan is indeed the World’s capital of combat sports. SEiZA joins the long list of numerous promotions that includes legendary Pride and K-1. Its debut is on Thursday January 19. Team Greece faces off international opponents.

“This [SEiZA] is a new project but we make history,” says WKN president Stephane Cabrera. “It is the women only competition. The athletes are of the different fighting disciplines.”

“We bring the whole national team out of Greece, which is the birthplace of the Olympic Games. The event is in Japan, which has been known as the center of Martial Arts in the World.”

“This is something extraordinary and entertaining, which is the goal of SEiZA.”

“The work of our WKN branch in Greece with Mr Konstantinidis and SEiZA head Mr Yamaguchi here in Japan, is excellent.”

The premiere is a five-fight international bill. Four bouts are in the 65 kg weight class. Christina Kousta and Violeta Kalaidopoulou take on the opponents from Nepal, Rajina Bista and Radha Manandhar. Sofia Karga is fighting Tabatha Ricci of Brazil. Marianthi Samouchou is going up against the representative of the country host Nanae Takahashi. In addition, Charikleia Dimitroula and Julija Stoliarenko are battling out in the 61 kg super fight.

The explained rules are of the Mixed Martial Arts type

The bouts are held on the a circle, like in Sumo or Ganryujima. The gloves are similar to MMA – small but with more padding, which provides more safety in women’s competition. The duration of the bouts is 3 x 3 minute rounds, with the predominantly stand up striking action. No elbows are in use, neither knees to the head. The ground work is 30 seconds. The allowed wrestling and choke techniques are from Judo and Jiu-Jitsu. No strikes to the head allowed on the floor.