Tag: Brian Fitkin

This week in history (2 May – 8 May)

2 May On 2 May 1967, the 2nd European Championships were held at the Crystal Palace, London. Brian Fitkin was selected to be a member of the British team, even though he was a green belt. Britain defeated a powerful French team in the Team Kumite event. During the tournament, the 20-year-old Fitkin defeated a …

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On this day….(February 26)

On 26 February 1946 Brian Fitkin, a Kyokushin practitioner, was born in London. Fighting at heavyweight, Brian Fitkin was described by legend Steve Arneil as being like “a Stalking Tiger“. Considered one of the best all-around fighters to come out of the UK, Fitkin was a natural fighter who could fight with control or go …

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Felix Ntumazah

Why do people blame the system when people are the architects of the system…we live in a world full of hypocrisy. Felix Ntumazah A six-time European Kyokushin champion, Felix Ntumazah’s early life reads like a thriller novel. There were assassination attempts against his father and he and his family had to flee various countries to …

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This week in history (26 April – 2 May)

26 April On 26 April 1957, Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate, died in a Tokyo hospital, aged 88. His family and close student Shigeru Egami were at his bedside. On 26 April 1965, a touring party from the JKA gave their third authorized demonstration in Britain. The party consisted of Taiji Kase, Hirokazu …

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This week in history (22 Feb – 28 Feb)

22 February On 22 February 1964, Hiroo Mochizuki, representing Yoseikan Karate, arrived in the UK for a three-day visit. He was invited by the British Karate Federation (BKF) to conduct lessons at their London and York dojos. He also conducted a grading at the York dojo. 23 February On 23 February 1966, Edward Whitcher and Robert …

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Howard Collins

There are many of us who use exotic titles before our names, such as Shihan or Hanshi etc.  Are we eligible to these titles or is it that some people just give themselves the title. First, what do they mean, perhaps not an easy question because after all, they are foreign words that we assume we understand. For …

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Brian Fitkin

In addition to teaching my students Karate, I try to make really good people of them. Karate instructors have a tremendous responsibility because the students tend to copy them, but a lot of instructors don’t seem to realise it. Brian Fitkin Fighting at heavyweight, Brian Fitkin was described by legend Steve Arneil as being like …

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Billy Higgins

There is so much involved in karate starting from white belt right through. I’d just like to say that I’ve been doing karate a long time but I feel even now that I am only scratching the surface. Anyone who ever thinks they ‘know it all’ is completely wrong. Billy Higgins Billy Higgins may not …

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David Coulter

Under coaches, Steve Arneil and Ticky Donovan Britain had many successful international Karate teams. From 1974 until his retirement in 1985 David Coulter was a member of many of these squads. As a competitor, he was known for his great spirit, often against much bigger opponents. As a coach and instructor, he has been passionate about the growth of Karate in …

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Moments in history: The 1975 WUKO World Karate Championships

In 1975 the 2nd edition of the WUKO World Karate Championships took place in Long Beach, California. Over two hundred participants from thirty-five countries took part in the event held at the Queen Mary Hyatt hotel. There were only two events in the tournament, the men’s team kumite and the men’s individual event. The team …

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