(August 13, 1968 – March 8,
2008) was a Polish Canadian
initially gained fame while competitively fighting in Kyokushin kaikan
styles of karate
. Even though he proved to be greatly
successful in karate, winning numerous national and international
titles, Kucharzewski's later career saw him become more involved
with mixed martial arts
Biography and career
the city of Częstochowa, Poland, Kucharzewski started training in karate at
the age of 14.
He had won three Polish national titles in
style of karate
and one European international title by the time he was 20 years
moved to Canada at age 23 in 1991 and settled in Windsor, Ontario from where
he fought in an estimated 300 fights including five K-1 competitions.
Kucharzewski was known by his
contemporaries for his calm and friendly demeanor which led Albert
Mady, his coach of 16 years, to describe him as "happy-go-lucky".
During his run of five consecutive years from 1992 to 1996 of being
crowned the International Shidōkan Champion, Tomasz Kucharzewski
proved to be a dominating feature in the ring, enough so that the
35-year veteran karate teacher Roger Salick called him
"indestructible" during Kucharzewski's run for his fourth straight
During the latter part of his life, Kucharzewski suffered a knee
injury and was not as active in training and fighting anymore. He
was found dead in his downtown Windsor apartment by family members
on March 8, 2008. Although an autopsy
performed on him, the cause of death was not immediately
known.According to Monika Kucharzewski, Tomasz' younger sister,
doctors said that his death could have been caused by cardiac arrhythmia
||Polish National Champion - Kyokushin kaikan
||OYAMA Cup European Champion
||Canadian National Champion
||International Shidōkan Champion
||Ontario heavy weight amateur boxing
||Shidōkan World Champion
||World Kickboxing champion
||K-1 USA Championships
2000 runner up
- Late fighter was "Happy-go-lucky",
Star, March 12, 2008. Accessed December 23, 2008.
- Windsor kickboxer fought at elite level,
Star, March 13, 2008. Accessed December 31, 2008.
- Salick, Roger. Shidokan's Slugfests Impress Gracie, Shidokan.com.
Accessed December 23, 2008.