Category: Budo

Mary Stevens

A good martial artist is a good learner in all different environments. Mary Stevens A practical martial artist teaching self-protection, a club owner, a writer, and a charity worker, Mary Stevens wears many hats. She espouses a clear delineation between martial arts and self-protection as taught today. Mary Stevens was born on 1 November 1971 …

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Teruo Hayashi

I have not invented any katas, what I have done is give them back the sense of force that they should have. Teruo Hayashi The founder of the Hayashi-Ha Shito-Ryu school of Karate, Teruo Hayashi has been described as one of the last great Japanese Budo masters. He dedicated his life to the pursuit of …

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Yoshiji Soeno

Known as the ‘Tiger of Josai‘, Yoshiji Soeno was one of Mas Oyama’s early Kyokushin students. The character, Ryu, from the Street Fighter game, is said to have been based on him. Yoshiji Soeno was born in Tokorozawa, Japan, on 29 September 1947. He was descended from an ancient samurai family on both his father …

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Tak Kubota

I don’t train so that I can go to a tournament and do a show. I do it because I want to train my body so I will be prepared for any confrontation. That’s the philosophy of my style. You can hit me anywhere you want and it will probably hurt you more than it …

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Miyuki Miura

Miyuki Miura was one of Mas Oyama’s top students. He was one of the first people to complete the gruelling 100-man Kumite Challenge. He was also a pioneer of Kyokushin Karate in the United States. On 3 October 1949, Miyuki Miura was born in Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. He was the oldest of three …

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Yoshizo Machida

Always, whenever possible, stop thinking negatively, always think positively, be faithful and then your life will start to change for the better. Yoshizo Machida One of the most respected Karate Masters in Brazil, Yoshizo Machida has helped develop Shotokan Karate in the country. He has passed on his love of Karate to his sons. Yoshizo …

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Terutomo Yamazaki

I don’t do professional Karate. I think that makes martial arts dirty. Terutomo Yamazaki Nicknamed the ‘Dragon of Kyokushin‘, Terutomo Yamazaki was an exceptional fighter. He was known for his expertise in tameshiwara (board breaking). A highly respected teacher, he has taught the likes of Katsuaki Sato, Miyuki Miura, Seiji Isobe, Howard Collins, and Shokei …

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Hiroshi Kinjo

I have always remained faithful to the precepts upon which Karatedo rests and have enjoyed a modest but fruitful life. That is what Karatedo, the art of Karate, is all about. Hiroshi Kinjo Virtually unknown in the west, Hiroshi Kinjo was one of the most unpretentious masters. One of the most respected Masters in Japan, …

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Kiyoshi Yamazaki

The instructor’s main objective in class is to correct the students, not to train himself. He should allocate time for his own personal training and development. Kiyoshi Yamazaki A student of one of the greatest Karate Masters of the 20th century in Yasuhiro Konishi, Kiyoshi Yamazaki has endeavoured to pass on many of his master’s …

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Patrick McCarthy

Tradition is not about blindly following in the footsteps of the old masters, or even preserving their ashes in a box, but rather in keeping the flame of their spirit alive, by continuing to seek out, understand and improve what they originally sought. Patrick McCarthy Known for his detailed historical research into Karate and its …

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