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This week in history…(26 September – 2 October)

26 September On 26 September 1969, The 1st All Japan Open Karate Tournament took place at the Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo. A full-contact competition, the tournament was open to martial artists from other styles. Both Terutomo Yamazaki and Yoshiji Soeno made it to the final, where Yamazaki won the title. 27 September On 27 September …

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This week in history….(19 September – 25 September)

20 September On 20 September 1934, Takayuki Kubota, a pioneer of martial arts in the United States, was born in Yashiro-Shi, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. He was the fourth of six children, having four brothers and one sister. His family was descended from a samurai clan that had once invaded the island of Okinawa. On 20 …

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Gursharan Sahota

It is important that karateka are aware that time, effort and practice are still the main factors in working towards perfecting not only one’s skills but also one’s inner mind and attitudes towards an Art. Gursharan Sahota Training in Shotokan Karate for over 50 years, Gursharan Sahota leads one of the largest Shotokan groups in …

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Cameron Quinn

Kyokushin is a vehicle that opens doors to perhaps previously unconsidered possibilities. It transforms anyone who makes it their own through hard training and focused attention. Cameron Quinn A lifelong student of Kyokushin Karate, Cameron Quinn served as his teacher’s, Mas Oyama’s interpreter for many years. As a martial artist, he has cross-trained in various …

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This week in history…(12 September – 18 September)

12 September On 12 September 1961, Molly Samuel, a multiple European and World Champion, was born in Paddington, West London. Samuel was Britain’s first individual female World Karate Federation (WKF) World Champion. She was a pioneer of women’s competitive Karate, paving the way for many of Britain’s future world champions. Her major honours include: World …

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Steve Muhammad

Once said to have the fastest hands in Karate, Steve Muhammad is a nine-time World Champion. A pioneer of tournament Karate, he made it acceptable for black people to compete in tournaments at a time when favouritism and racism existed in many tournaments., Steve Muhammad was born Steve Sanders on 2 July 1939 in Indianola, …

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Masahiko Tokashiki

Karate is not a sport, but a way of life; it is very important for people to understand this. Masahiko Tokashiki An advocate of Okinawan Karate, Masahiko Tokashiki, it’s a well respected master in Shprin Ryu Karate. He is known for having great control over his movements. He is also known for his great ability …

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This week in history…(5 September – 11 September)

6 September On 6 September 2016 Walter Seaton, one of the first Wado-Ryu black belts in the UK, died aged 80 years. Seaton was born in Middlesbrough and was one of the first instructors to teach Karate to women at his dojo. A family man, Seaton and his wife Eva had six children, twenty-two grandchildren, …

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Genzo Iwata

It’s important to have a balance. The truth path lies in a balance between training Karate for health, training Karate for sports and recreation and training Karate for Budo (Karate for a life and death self–defence situation). Technically these things are very different. You must not mistake the true Path as been only one of …

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Cyril Cummins

Karate can never be only a sport because it is first and foremost a martial art. Competition is only a part of the martial arts scene. Whilst I admire the top competitors, it is not the be all and end all of Karate. Cyril Cummins A pioneer of Shotokan Karate in the West Midlands of …

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