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|\ _______ | \ / | __ / | / _ | | | / / /__/ | | | |_/ / _______ | | | / /______/ | | | \ | | | \ \ | | | | \ \ | | \__| \___\ |____| T h e A r e n a F i g h t e r s S o n y P l a y s t a t i o n O r i g i n a l M o v e l i s t / G u i d e - V e r s i o n 2.0 - Intro There aren't any movelists or guides on this great game from THQ so I decided to write this up using the instructions from the game as my guide. What is K-1? The "K" represents the four major martial arts disciplines - Kickboxing, Karate, Kempo, and Kung-Fu - that are showcased in the tournament. The "1" refers to the quest to find out which martial art, and which fighter, is number one in the world. The toughest champions of each discipline come from all over the globe to compete in this explosive event. K-1 is an open tournament, without the restrictions of weight classes or divisions, often pitting a seven foot, 400 pound super heavy weight against a lithe flyweight. Needless to say, the matches are always exciting, and typically end in audience pleasing K.O.'s. K-1 events are held throughout the year, whittling the field down to the top eight fighters in the world, who compete finally in the Grand Prix. The winner of the event earns a considerable purse and is given the undisputed title of "world's strongest man"! This prestigious title was held in 1994 and 1995 by Holland's Peter Aerts, and finally changed hands last year with a dramatic victory by Switerland's Andy Hug. Note: to learn more about the K-1 organization, visit their web site at http://www.k-1.co.jp/. Conventions X Punch/Choose O Kick/Cancel triangle Special/Signature move square Not used L1 Dodge left L2 Not used R1 Dodge right R2 Not used Select Not Used Start Pause game/Start game Universal Moves (for all fighters) X Jab forward X Straight back X Upper down X Body Blow O High Kick back O Middle Kick down O Low Kick down, down then X Ducking Hook down, down X Dashing Upper Up, back X Dash Punch X+O Hold move Combos aren't guaranteed in K-1 like other fighting games. The custom combos are just some that I have found that work best for me. You can experiment on your own and find combinations. You can initiate the hold move before some of the combos for maximum damage and/or penetration into the opponents defense. _____________________________________________________________________________________ The Combo system The combo system in K-1 is very different than other fighting games. There aren't any juggles or any other good stuff. This is the real deal. Opponents guard and retaliate just like humans and fall and react like a human would. The combinations aren't guaranteed but if you do them at the right time and in succession, you have a better chance of landing one of the powerful blows. _____________________________________________________________________________________ The Arena Fighters Andy Hug Birth Date: September 7, 1964 Birth Place: Switzerland Height: 5'9" Weight: 209 lbs Gym: Seido Kaikan Titles: UKF World Super Heavyweight Champion K-1 Grand Prix '96 Winner WMTC World Super Heavyweight Champion Andy Hug, with his superior karate technique, is one of the most famous martial artists in the world. After several disappointing years in the K-1, Andy finally came through with a dramatic victory in 1996. Favorite moves: Front Kick forward O Uppercut back X Hug Tornado down triangle Jumping Double Kick back, forward triangle Hand Chop forward triangle Signature Move: Heel Kick triangle Custom Combos: down triangle, down O, O, triangle down triangle, back X, forward triangle (back X buffers the jumping double kick, so after doing the uppercut just slide to forward triangle for the kicks) down triangle, X, X, forward O Comments.... Hug's best asset is the Hug Tornado. Many combinations can be done afterwards. The Hug Tornado is a low spinning sweep which temporarily stuns your opponent if done as a counterattack. Also use his signature heel kick sparingly. It's main weakness is the height it gets which in turn can be dodged and countered. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Chang Puek Kiatsongrit Birth Date: October 23, 1966 Birth Place: Thailand Height: 5'7" Weight: 165 lbs Gym: Kiatsongrit Gym Titles: IMF World Light Heavy Class Champion An unmatched expert in Muay-Thai (Thai Kick Boxing), he has excellent defensive techniques and is difficult to put down. He often astonishes crowds by defeating much bigger and stronger fighters. Favorite moves: Front Kick forward O Multiple Straights forward X Jumping Knee Kick forward triangle Spinning Elbow back triangle Signature Move: Mid Step-in triangle Custom Combos: triangle, down O, O, back triangle traingle, forward triangle forward O, back triangle down O, down O, down O, O down O, down O, back O, O Comments.... Kiatsongrit's strength lies in his kicks, especially low shin kicks. He can wear down an opponent in no time with low kicks. In Kiatsongrit's case, his signature move is good to use often cause it sets you up for combos afterwards. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Ernesto Hoost Birth Date: July 11, 1969 Birth Place: Surinam Height: 6'2" Weight: 205 lbs Gym: Vos Gym Titles: WMTA World Light Heavy Class Champ IKBF World Light Heavy Class Champ ISKA World Light Heavy Class Champ K-1 Grand Prix '93 Winner K-1 Grand Prix '96 3rd Place Called the "technician" by his peers, Hoost uses his perfect execution to make up for what he lacks in strength. Pity the man that falls prey to his fearful high kick. Favorite moves: Front Kick forward O Back Blow back triangle Jumping Knee Kick forward triangle Elbow Strike back, forward X Left Uppercut down triangle Signature Move: High Step-in triangle Custom Combos: down O, O, back triangle, triangle forward triangle, down triangle, triangle forward O, down, down then X, back, forward X Comments.... Hoost has great reach on alot of his moves. Use the high step-in kick to keep your distance. It is a effective counter to high signature moves like Andy Hug's and punching signature moves like Sam Greco's. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Jerome Le Banner Birth Date: December 26, 1972 Birth Place: France Height: 6'5" Weight: 253 lbs Gym: Siam Boxing Gym Titles: K-1 Grand Prix '95 Runner-up French and European Super Heavy Class Champion ISKA World Heavy Weight Muay-Thai Champion A perfect combination of size and youth, Jerome is sometimes overly aggresive in the ring. He's called the "Battle Cyborg" by his fans in France, and consistently lives up to the name. Favorite moves: Front Kick forward O Back Spin Kick back triangle Uppercut down triangle Signature Move: Knee Kick triangle Custom Combos: down triangle, forward O, back triangle down O, keep holding down then press triangle, triangle, triangle down, down then X, keep holding down then press triangle, forward O Note: Keep holding down then triangle is another buffered move. After the ducking hook punch instead of pressing down triangle for the uppercut, just do the ducking punch then press triangle. Le Banner will do the hook then come up with the uppercut, it looks seamless. Comments.... Le Banner is a tough fighter. His best asset is his knees. They can be done in rapid succession leaving a opponent frantically trying to get away if trapped in a corner. Use the knees after a flurry of punches or during punch combos. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Mike Bernardo Birth Date: July 28, 1969 Birth Place: South Africa Height: 6'3" Weight: 242 lbs Gym: Steve's Gym Titles: African Super Heavy Class Champ K-1 Grand Prix '96 Runner-up Possessor of a fearful hammer punch, Bernardo KO'd two-time "Strongest Man" Peter Aerts in the '96 Grand Prix. Favorite moves: Side Kick forward O Swing Straight forward triangle Back Blow back triangle Swing Uppercut down triangle Signature Move: Swing Hook triangle Custom Combos: X,X, down triangle X, forward X, triangle X,X, forward X, triangle down, down then X, X, forward X, triangle Comments.... Bernardo is quite slow. What he lacks in speed, doubles in his power. The best thing to do with him is to send out a flurry of punch combos followed up by the swing hook. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Musashi Birth Date: October 17, 1972 Birth Place: Japan Height: 6'1" Weight: 196 lbs Gym: Seido Kaikan Titles: Karate World Cup '95 4th place K-1 Grand Prix '96 3rd place Musashi began his career with a bang by impressively knocking out his opponent, Patrick Smith, in the '95 K-1 Revenge II tournament. Ever since then, expectations for this exciting young fighter have been very high. Favorite moves: Front Kick forward O High Punch Combination down triangle Style Change back, forward triangle Low Shin Kicks hold down O,O Signature Move: Jumping Turn Back Kick back triangle Custom Combos: I like to intiate some combos after dodging attacks. Musashi has some great looking combinations after dodging a attack. dodge (L1 or R1), back triangle dodge (L1 or R1), down triangle, back triangle, back, forward triangle
X,X, down O, O Comments.... Musashi is very quick. He has some very fast useful punch combinations which can be followed up by kick combos. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Peter Aerts Birth Date: October 25, 1970 Birth Place: Holland Height: 6'3" Weight: 229 lbs Gym: Chakuricki Titles: WMTA Muay-Thai World Heavy Class Champ KBF World Heavy Class Champ WKA European Heavy Class Champ K-1 Grand Prix '94, '95 Winner Bearer of the "World's Strongest Man" title for two years in a row, Aerts is highly trained both in technique and in toughness. This man has no weaknesses. Favorite moves: Front Kick forward O Back Blow back triangle Back Kick Low down triangle Knee Kick triangle Elbow Strike back, forward X Signature Move: Back Kick High forward triangle Custom Combos: X,X, forward triangle X, forward X, back, forward X forward O, X, forward X, triangle Comments.... Aerts is way powerful. Try getting in close with him and land knees and back kicks. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Sam Greco Birth Date: May 3, 1967 Birth Place: Australia Height: 6'2" Weight: 233 lbs Gym: Seido Kaikan Titles: Karate World Cup '94 Winner 3 time Commonwealth Karate Tournament Champion In his international debut, Greco KO'd his first opponent, and gave Aerts an even fight. His overall ability is still a question mark, but anyone who's been in the ring with him knows that he has the strongest fists in the karate field. Favorite moves: Front Kick forward O Driving Punch forward triangle Low Driving Punch down triangle Right to the body back triangle Signature Move: Swing Blow triangle Custom Combos: down O, O, down triangle, triangle down O, O, forward O, back triangle X, forward X, triangle forward O, keep holding forward triangle, back triangle Comments.... Greco has fists like stone. If he connects with the swing blow consider yourself in danger. Like most signature moves the execution and recovery time is slow. But if used in combinations like Greco's they can pose a big threat. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Master Ishii Master Ishii is the final man to beat in the 1 player mode. My friend has found that if you can back him into the corner and land a flurry of punches and knees it wears him down pretty good. He can take you out with low kicks so watch out for those and don't underestimate his small size, he can open a can of whoopass in no time. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Copyright 1997 Aoi E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org All combos are custom. Please contact me if you have any questions. No part of this moves list/guide is to be altered without my consent. You can post or distribute freely as long as the my name is included. Contact me if you wish to include this in media, print, or any other form. THQ