Category: Competition

Luca Valdesi

Karate is Karate – and the training must always be complete: kata, kihon, kumite, self-defense, philosophy. Luca Valdesi Following the likes of Dario Marchini, Luca Valdesi is an icon of Italian Karate. Considered one of the greatest kata competitors, he ranks alongside Tsuguo Sakumoto and Michael Milon as the most successful competitors at the World …

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Seiji Nishimura

True Karate-Do it’s not strictly for technique but for developing your mind. Karate is for life. It is a way of life, a way of thinking. Seiji Nishimura Having a competitive career second to none, Seiji Nishimura is one of Japan’s most successful, kumite competitors, spanning over an eight-year period. Being both a Wado-Ryu and …

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Jim Collins

Kata is very important especially for someone like me who is coaching full-time. I have to be able to offer my students everything. I started to concentrate on my kata to help me teach it and I thoroughly enjoy it and I believe it plays a very important part in your training. Jim Collins The …

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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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Dario Marchini

To do Kumite, you must practice Kata and Kihon. Dario Marchini One of the most successful European competitors, Dario Marchini is an 18-time European champion and a 9-time World Champion. As a competitor and coach, he was one of the best. Dario Marchini was born in the Northern Italian city of Brescia, on 30 December …

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Patricia Duggin

We need more recognition of our past athletes to keep them around in Karate and utilise their talents and skills – so many of them just seem to disappear. Patricia Duggin A pioneer of women’s competitive Karate in the United Kingdom, Patricia Duggin won around 53 medals at European and World level, in a 14-year …

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Julie Nicholson

The only natural talent I have in respect of Karate is my determination. This is a tremendous advantage as I will never quit. Julie Nicholson A diminutive woman, standing 5 foot 1 1/2 inches tall, Julie Nicholson epitomises what it means to embody Karate spirit. She is a National and European Karate Champion. Julie Nicholson …

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Miki Nakamachi

You are always going to make mistakes in life, but you always have to look at and face up to them. When you stop doing it, then your weaknesses are exposed. Don’t look for affirmation from somewhere else, because that means that you have no self-belief inside yourself… and in that case, no amount of …

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Sonny Chiba

One could be forgiven for thinking of Sonny Chiba as only an actor, who has appeared in more than 125 feature films. Like Bruce Lee, he became one of the first martial arts actors to receive international acclaim for his movie roles. However, he is a legitimate martial artist, holding black belts in Karate, Judo, …

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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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