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Greer Golden

One of the first non-Japanese Shotokan instructors in the United States, Greer Golden was a great communicator. He was well respected by his students and peers alike. Greer Golden was born on 12 March 1937, in Washington, DC. He and his family moved to southwestern Florida, where he grew up playing in the great outdoors. …

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Avi Rokah

Our Karate is about more than efficient use, it is about self-mastery, or an endless journey toward mastery that we will never reach. We are never going to be perfect, but we can always get better. Avi Rokah Carrying on the Legacy of Karate as taught to him by Hidetaka Nishiyama, Avi Rokah has been …

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This week in history…(20 November- 26 November)

20 November On 20 November 2004, William Oliver died in his dojo. One of the most dynamic Kyokushin Karate practitioners of his generation, Oliver was known for his lightning-fast Kicks. At 5ft 4in, he always had to fight much larger opponents, but always held his own. 21 November Between 21-25 November 1982, the 6th World …

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James Yabe

Teachers, young and old, are like all other students of the art. If they miss practice, their level and knowledge goes down. The one, and only way to keep up their knowledge, skill and physical condition is through lots of consistent workouts. James Yabe Among the first of Hidetaka Nishiyama’s students in the United States, …

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This week in history…(23 October – 29 October)

24 October On 24 October 1996, the High Court of Tokyo upheld an earlier decision regarding Mas Oyama’s last will. On 31 March 1995, Judge Atsushi Watanabe of the Tokyo Court of Family Affairs had previously ruled that Oyama’s verbal will was invalid as it had not been signed by him, only by the witnesses. …

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This week in history…(4 September -10 September)

4 September On 4 September 1931 Kenneth Funakoshi, a distant relative of Shotokan Karate founder, Gichin Funakoshi, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. On 4 September 1993, Gerard Gordeau competed at the K1-Illusion, Tokyo event. A month later in October, he competed at the K1-Illusioin, Karate World Cup, held in Osaka. 6 September On 6 September …

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This week in history…(24 October – 30 October)

24 October On 24 October 1996, the High Court of Tokyo upheld an earlier decision regarding Mas Oyama’s last will. On 31 March 1995 Judge Atsushi Watanabe of the Tokyo Court of Family Affairs ruled that Oyama’s verbal will was invalid as it had not been signed by him, only by the witnesses. His family …

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This week in history…(10 October – 16 October)

10 October On 10 October 1928, Shotokan Karate master, Hidetaka Nishiyama, was born. Nishiyama attended the renowned university, Takushoku, studying economics. In 1949 he was named the Captain of the Karate team, after joining earlier that year. In the early 1950s, Nishiyama was part of a group, including Masatoshi Nakayama and Isao Obata, selected to …

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This week in history…(5 September – 11 September)

6 September On 6 September 2016 Walter Seaton, one of the first Wado-Ryu black belts in the UK, died aged 80 years. Seaton was born in Middlesbrough and was one of the first instructors to teach Karate to women at his dojo. A family man, Seaton and his wife Eva had six children, twenty-two grandchildren, …

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This week in history (25 October – 31 October)

25 October On 25 October 1936 several Karate masters gathered for a special meeting in Naha, Okinawa. While not attended by Gichin Funakoshi, this meeting was attended by Chomo Hanashiro, Chotoku Kyan, Choki Motobu, Chojun Miyagi, Choshin Chibana, Juhatsu Kyoda, Shinpan Gusukuma, Genwa Nakasone, and others. Funakoshi would attend subsequent meetings. Chomo Hanashiro had first …

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