Category: Budo

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, Yasuhiro Konishi, Kiyoshi Yamazaki has endeavoured to pass on many of his master’s lessons. …

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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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Tsuyoshi Hiroshige

It is important to determine the strategy, and tactics should be allowed to determine the performers in the field on the basis of their own initiative and knowledge. Tsuyoshi Hiroshige A phenomenal instructor, Tsuyoshi Hiroshige was known as a master trainer. He has trained multiple world champions and All Japan champions, including Kenji Midori, Kenji …

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Yoshinao Nanbu

…. As in any other martial arts, the fighter is only as good as they make themselves. Success will depend on the amount of effort personally expended. Some people make good fighters and some people do not. My method is similar to other martial arts – it contains the knowledge, the methods and skills, some …

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Bobby Lowe

The ABC of Karate is the basis of kihon. And a lot in the technique depends on kihon. If you know the ABC, you can write words, sentences, paragraphs, chapters, and then books. Bobby Lowe Known as the ‘Instructor’s Instructor‘, Bobby Lowe was Mas Oyama’s oldest and most senior student. He was Oyama’s first uchi-deshi …

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Manzo Iwata

One of Shito-ryu founder, Kenwa Mabuni’s top students, Manzo Iwata was a phenomenal martial artist, who was a long time member of the Federation of All Japan Karate-do Organisation (FAJKO). A well-respected Shito-ryu master, he was known for his superb technical ability. Manzo Iwata was born on 9 February 1924, in Tokyo, Japan. He was …

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Hatsuo Royama

Without presence and without intention, technique cannot live, it cannot inhabit the body. Hatsuo Royama The name Hatsuo Royama is synonymous with Kyokushin Karate. Around at the birth of Kyokushin Karate, he was one of the few students to be involved with Mas Oyama, the founder of Kyokushin, from the start of the art, until …

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Chris Rowen

But when you talk of Karate and Karate-do, there is a great difference. Sport Karate is essentially competition and tournament Karate. Karate-do is ‘the way of Karate‘; the side of the art which takes in all the spiritual aspects and philosophical meaning. Chris Rowen A man of many hats, Chris Rowen is the epitome of …

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