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Kousaku Yokota

To me, winning has very little meaning. Tournament Karate is quite different from real fighting. It is good to have that experience to get motivated to face some nervous situations. But we must know and understand the real purpose and objectives that you should get from the tournament. Kousaku Yokota Having trained in the martial …

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Toru Shimoji

In sports, the main goal is to win, but in Budo study, the aim is to learn about yourself in order to continue to evolve, perfecting one’s character along with your techniques. This is the Budo way, always searching, always moving ahead and always sharing. Toru Shimoji A student of Hidetaka Nishiyama, Toru Shimoji is …

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Yuichi Negishi

Sport is necessary for it to be known worldwide, so that it can be a discipline in the Olympic Games. The sporting part, however, is just the beginning. One must not forget its origins. When you are young you can practice the sporting part, but when you reach a certain age you can no longer …

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Hideho Takagi

It is easier to be World Champion in kumite than it is to be World Champion in kihon… there is no luck involved in kihon performance. Hideho Takagi A superb technician, Hideho Takagi has been described as the ideal image of Karate. A student of Wado-Ryu founder Hironori Ohtsuka, he was known for his phenomenal …

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Nick Adamou

Karate is all those things that it has been reported to be by the many great Japanese senseis. i.e. self-defence, art, way of life, and so on and so forth. Personally I see Karate as a fantastic art-form, that’s also a perfect sport and form of yoga. Nick Adamou One of the highest-ranked Shotokan instructors …

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Yosuke Yamashita

I think it would be a fundamental point for every practitioner to study the history of Karate in more depth. Yosuke Yamashita Known as the “Samurai of Puerto del Sol“, Yosuke Yamashita was a pioneer of Goju–Ryu Karate in Spain. He was at the forefront of the development of Goju–Ryu in Europe. His many students …

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Charles Gidley

One should be graded on merit, knowledge, and attitude to the art, as well as one’s capability to pass on the information and therefore maintain a high standard. Charles Gidley Described as an instructor’s instructor, Charles Gidley has developed an extensive knowledge of Shotokan Karate. He has the ability to transmit this knowledge to others. …

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Atsuo Hiruma

When I started, it was quite hard, with rigid muscles. Now it has softened a lot, like Kung-Fu type, you have to achieve speed and power, but without going overboard in the latter. Atsuo Hiruma One of the few men to have trained with both Gichin Funakoshi and Shigeru Egami, Atsuo Hiruma was the first …

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Norio Kawasoe

Known for his crisp and precise techniques, Norio Kawasoe was a much-respected instructor who was frequently invited to teach courses worldwide. Norio Kawasoe was born on 11 April 1951, in Saga, Japan. He began practising Shotokan Karate at Saga High School. In 1970 Kawasoe enrolled at Takushoku University. He joined the university’s Karate club, training …

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Michael Nursey

I get enormous satisfaction from teaching all types of students, helping them through all the ups and downs of their training and get a real buzz when they finally achieve their black belt. Michael Nursey Practising Karate in England for over 55 years, Michael Nursey is one of the founders of one of the largest …

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