May 2022 archive

This week in history (30 May – 5 June)

30 May On 30 May 1978, Yoshizo Machida and his wife, Ana Claudia’s third son, Lyoto, was born. Like his father, Lyoto Machida is known for his Shotokan Karate. He is also known for his mixed martial arts career. On 30 May 2003, Minoru Mochizuki, the founder of the Yoseikan School, died in Aix-en-Provence, France …

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Frank Grant

To strive for perfection of technique in training so when the time comes to use it in self defence, in the heat of battle, the training takes over automatically. A real fight is not going to be pretty, not like on TV or in the movies. The quality of your technique and timing will drop …

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Sandra Sanchez

Karate training is not only for competition. It provides practitioners with many positive things that are not competition related… and we must preserve these values and principles. If we focus only on the supportive aspect of it, we’ll miss many of the important things it teaches. Sandra Sanchez Once told that she was too old …

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This week in history (23 May – 29 May)

23 May On 23 May 1952, Kenwa Mabuni, the founder of Shito-Ryu Karate, died at the age of 63. His eldest son, Kenei, succeeded him as the 2nd Chief Instructor of Shito-Ryu Karate-do. Many of his other top students founded their own versions of Shito-Ryu. On 23 May 1971, Eddie Whitcher graded for 2nd Dan …

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Lucio Maurino

I think that through Karate we must learn to adapt ourselves to situations. This is the first lesson I give to all my students. “Remember that Karate teaches you how to adapt yourself to different situations.” But before you can be adaptable in your body, like in a fighting situation, you must be adaptable in …

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Sergio Gneo

I find it fascinating to get things out of people that they didn’t suspect they had in them. With Karate you put the whole body in position, you have to use every muscle. Some people discover their body for the first time here in the dojo, and what it can do. I no longer hammer …

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This week in history (16 May – 22 May)

17 May On 17 May 1969, Keinosuke Enoeda married Reiko Hayashi. Charles Naylor, who would become a stalwart of the KUGB was his best man. The newlyweds settled in Kingston Surrey. 18 May On 18 May 1966, Wayne Otto, a multiple European and World Champion, was born in Hackney, London. Otto is one of the …

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Rick Hotton

Don’t follow in the footsteps of the ancient masters, seek what they sought. Rick Hotton An innovative Karate instructor, Rick Hotton has been described as an ‘Artist who happens to be Martial‘. He is known as one of the great communicators of Karate. His breakdown and analysis of Karate techniques show much thought and a …

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This week in history (9 May – 15 May)

9 May Between 9 – 12 May at the 48th European Karate Championships was held in Budapest, Hungry, Rafael Aghayev returned to his winning ways. He defeated Dutchman, René Smaal in the final of the -75 kg kumite event. 10 May On 10 May 1957, the founder of Shotokan Karate, Gichin Funakoshi, was laid to …

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This week in history (2 May – 8 May)

2 May On 2 May 1967, the 2nd European Championships were held at the Crystal Palace, London. Brian Fitkin was selected to be a member of the British team, even though he was a green belt. Britain defeated a powerful French team in the Team Kumite event. During the tournament, the 20-year-old Fitkin defeated a …

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