Andy Hug

1964 - 2000

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Andreas "Andy" Hug (7 September 1964 – 24 August 2000) was a Swiss karateka and kickboxer who competed in the heavyweight division. Considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight kickboxers of all time, Hug was renowned for his ability to execute numerous kicking techniques rarely seen in high-level competition and although he was usually smaller than his opponents, standing at 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) and being barely a heavyweight, weighing around 98.0 kg (216.1 lb; 15.43 st) in his prime, he made up for his lack of size with his tremendous athleticism and speed. A southpaw, his trademark kicks included the axe kick and the "Hug Tornado", a low spinning heel kick targeting his opponents' thighs.Raised in Wohlen, Aargau, Hug was a keen footballer in his youth but gave up the sport to pursue Kyokushin karate which he began practicing at ten years old. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Andy Hug has received more than 643,255 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Andy Hug is the 13th most popular martial arts (up from 19th in 2019), the 206th most popular biography from Switzerland (up from 242nd in 2019) and the most popular Swiss Martial Arts.

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Among martial arts, Andy Hug ranks 13 out of 117Before him are Huo Yuanjia, Choi Hong Hi, Kenwa Mabuni, Ankō Itosu, Hélio Gracie, and Chōjun Miyagi. After him are Masatoshi Nakayama, Higaonna Kanryō, Conor McGregor, Fedor Emelianenko, Matsumura Sōkon, and Motobu Chōki.

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Among people born in 1964, Andy Hug ranks 68Before him are Gitanas Nausėda, Oleksandr Turchynov, Arvydas Sabonis, Don Cheadle, Mark Dacascos, and John Leguizamo. After him are Robert Fico, Martin Weinek, Mary-Louise Parker, Maggie Cheung, Rudi Garcia, and Mehriban Aliyeva. Among people deceased in 2000, Andy Hug ranks 83Before him are Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Libertad Lamarque, Edward Gorey, Roger Peyrefitte, Yehuda Amichai, and Don Budge. After him are Ahmet Kaya, George Segal, Ahmad Shamlou, Oleg Yefremov, Hendrik Casimir, and Aristidis Konstantinidis.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Andy Hug ranks 206 out of 749Before him are Jost Amman (1539), Bernard Tschumi (1944), Daniel Peter (1836), Johann Peter Hebel (1760), André Abegglen (1909), and Anton Graff (1736). After him are Ubol Ratana (1951), Jeremias Gotthelf (1797), Frithjof Schuon (1907), Nicolas Théodore de Saussure (1767), Josias Braun-Blanquet (1884), and Alfred Escher (1819).

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Among martial arts born in Switzerland, Andy Hug ranks 1