Luigi Busa

adidas combat sports - Karate : Luigi Busa

Her first worldwide medal, Luigi Busa won it in… 2003 !!! 15 years later, he was again in the final of a World championship, and still in the same category, the -75 kg ! In November 2018, in Madrid, he won his 6th World Senior medal in 7 participations ! And to say that the most difficult, in high level sports, is to last in time…

His epic duels with the alien Rafael Aghayev has spiced tatami mats around the world for more than a decade. But his first World title, Luigi Busa will win it in -80 kg, in 2006, his only season in this category. At the 2010 World championships, he was beaten in the final by Aghayev but he then took his revenge on him in 2012 in Paris. In 2014, he is again in the final, his 3rd in a row ! But he bows against Japan’s Tani. Trapped in the semi finals in 2016, he plays his 5th world final in 2018. He lost in extremis (1-0) against Iran’s Asgari.

Since his 3rd place at the Junior Worlds in 2003, Luigi Busa has added, in all age categories, 9 world medals (including 3 titles) and 16 European medals, including 12 in the Seniors (5 titles).

At 32, there is only one he has not won yet : the Olympic Gold medal. Qualified for Tokyo 2021 following his 2nd place in the ranking, Luigi Busa usually never miss a major event…


Ludovic Mauchien