StyleShoot wrestling
Founder(s)Yuki Ishikawa
Owner(s)Yuki Ishikawa

Fighting Investigation Team Battlarts (格闘探偵団バトラーツ, Kakuto Tantei-dan Batoratsu), more commonly referred to as simply Battlarts was a professional wrestling promotion based in Koshigaya, Saitama, Japan. The promotion was formed in 1996 by Japanese wrestler Yuki Ishikawa and featured all of the wrestlers from the Fujiwara Gumi promotion, who had abandoned the promotion in favor of Battlarts. They ran shows in the Tokyo area regularly from 1998 to 2002.

Even though Battlarts' style was based on shoot wrestling, the promotion often cooperated with other federations and styles, including RINGS, Kingdom, Michinoku Pro and Big Japan Pro Wrestling, therefore matches sometimes resembled more traditional pro wrestling matches. The biggest co-promotion occurred on October 17, 1999 when Battlarts and The Great Sasuke's Michinoku Pro Wrestling presented "Michinoku Pro vs. Battlarts", which was headlined by a tag match pitting the owners of both promotions (Great Sasuke and Ishikawa) against Jinsei Shinzaki and Alexander Otsuka.

The promotion ceased running regular shows and events in 2001 due to "management aggravation". Battlarts eventually began to run monthly shows mainly in Tokyo, Saitama, and Shizuoka Prefecture, often co-promoting with Daisuke Ikeda's Fu-ten, Kiyoshi Tamura's STYLE-E and Satoru Sayama's Real Japan Pro Wrestling promotions. On September 14, 2008 at a press conference with Yuki Ishikawa and Shinjiro Otani Battlarts announced a working agreement with Pro Wrestling ZERO1.

It was revealed in late December 2010 that Battlarts would be closing their doors sometime in 2011.[1] The promotion held its final event on November 5, 2011.


Championships and tournaments

Championship: Final recognized champion(s): Date won:
UWA World Middleweight Championship PSYCHO August 9, 2009
Independent World Junior Heavyweight Championship Marines Mask II April 2, 2010
FMW Brass Knuckles Tag Team Championship Koji Nakagawa & Gedo June 13, 1999

See also


  1. ^ "BattlARTS closing in 2011!". 2010-12-27. Archived from the original on 2013-02-01.