Category: Competition

Terry Daly

I suppose most people will tell you that they take Karate to get fit and learn self-defence. Some juniors take it up because their parents want them to, or because their mates do it. The majority give up because their mates do it. The majority give up because they hate the repetition required perfect technique …

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Devorah Dometrich

(Karate) kept me out of trouble and gave me a lot of the qualities I have today. Martial arts teaches people to know their limitations, both mentally and physically. You really learn when to call backup. Devorah Dometrich Practising martial arts for over fifty years, Devorah Dometrich is one of the foremost Kobudo practitioners in …

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Damian Quintero

Karate has shaped me as a person. It has taught me certain values that I apply daily in my personal and professional life. Damian Quintero Nicknamed, ‘Kingtero‘, Damian has won more than 100 medals nationally and internationally. He has won medals at Olympic, World, and European levels. For over 20 years, he has been a …

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John Taylor

It’s been a long journey, but but an enjoyable one John Taylor One of the highest-ranked Karate practitioners in Australia, John Taylor was at the forefront of Kyokushin development in Australia. He was one of the first uchi-deshi (live-in students) of Mas Oyama. John Taylor was born on 7 June 1941. He emigrated to Australia …

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Jeff Whybrow

There’s a time to stop, and a time to push Jeff Whybrow A legend of British Kyokushin Karate, Jeff Whybrow was a protege or Steve Arneil. He was one of the faces of British Karate during the 1970s and the 1980s. He was equally comfortable in knockdown tournaments as well as point-fighting competitions. He was …

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Gary Viccars

Known as the ‘Enforcer‘ for his tough fighting style, Gary Viccars has been at the forefront of the development of Kyokushin Karate in Australia. Born in Geelong, Australia, in 1946, Gary Viccars began training in Kyokushin Karate in 1968. Viccars trained at the dojo of Bill Paauw located in Geelong. On 1 July 1969, Viccars …

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David Pickthall

I always welcomed the challenge of competing in non–IFK events as it is important to test yourself against all Kyokushin groups. Politics should not enter the fighting arena. David Pickthall A long-time student and assistant of Steve Arneil, David Pickthall was a top competitor who competed nationally and internationally in both kata and kumite. He …

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Dave Kershaw

There is no short cut to reaching a high-level in Kata, and the frustrating thing is that the higher you get, the more faults you find, but this is the whole essence of Karate, the striving for perfection. It is never reached, but you must keep on trying. Dave Kershaw A longtime student of Shotokan …

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Dolph Lundgren

I discovered martial arts, first Judo and then Karate, and I became quite good at it, because I had something to prove. And more than anything, I needed to feel safe. Dolph Lundgren Many people know Dolph Lundgren as a successful movie star, who has appeared in more than 40 films, including the likes of …

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Gerard Gordeau

I have never regretted anything in my life. I do not care. We cannot change what is. Gerard Gordeau Once regarded as one of the best all-around fighters in the world, Gerard Gordeau was a no-nonsense fighter. He had a calm demeanour during a fight, and was nicknamed the “Undertaker from Hell“. Today, most people …

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