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This week in history… (27 June – 3 July)

26 June On 26 June 1965, Hirokazu Kanazawa took his first teaching trip to the BKF’s (British Karate Federation’s) Dundee dojo. He was there for a week. The Dundee dojo was located at the Dundee United Sporting Club in Coupers Alley, Wellgate. It was run by William McGuire who had become a BKF member in …

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Jose Manuel Egea

Unfortunately, in martial arts there are no shortcuts, everything is a matter of time, training, perseverance, and sacrifice, however, how many young people are ready to have that commitment? How many are ready to make it a way of life? José Manuel Egea For those of a certain age, the name José Manuel Egea is …

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This week in history (20 September – 26 September)

20 September On 20 September 1934, Takayuki Kubota, a pioneer of martial arts in the United States, was born in Yashiro-Shi, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. He was the fourth of six children, having four brothers and one sister. His family was descended from a samurai clan that had once invaded the island of Okinawa. On 20 …

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This week in history (28 June – 4 July)

30 June On 30 June 1956, martial arts historian, Donn Draeger left the Marine Corps. He held the rank of lieutenant. After leaving the army he attended Georgetown University in Washington DC. However, he moved to Japan, where he continued his studies at Sophia University. 2 July On 2 July 2013, Shoei Miyazato, a Kobayashi …

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This week in history (15 March – 21 March)

17 March On 17 March 1990, the 7th World Championships (3rd Shoto Cup) began at the Crowtree Leisure Centre, Sunderland, England. The two-day tournament saw competitors from thirty countries taking part in seven events, i.e. four individual events and three team events. The final event of day two was the eagerly anticipated Men’s Team Kumite …

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This week in history (21 Sep – 27 Sep)

21 September On 21 September 1980 Ronnie Christopher was promoted to 1st Dan by Keinosuke Enoeda. One of the best competitors of his generation, Christopher won numerous titles nationally and internationally. He was part of the British team that won the 1990 Shoto Cup in Sunderland, England, defeating the previously undefeated Japan in the team …

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Christophe Pinna

I’m not seeking to prove anything, I just want to be true to myself. Christophe Pinn Frenchman Christophe Pinna was one of the best competitors of his generation. Famed for his dynamic kicking ability, he won multiple titles at European and World level. A remarkable competitor he has returned to active competition, trying to pursue …

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This week in history (16 March – 22 March)

17 March On 17 March 1990, the 7th World Championships (3rd Shoto Cup) took place at the Crowtree Leisure Centre, Sunderland, England. The two-day saw competitors from thirty countries taking part in seven events, i.e. four individual events and three team events. 18 March On 18 March 1964 Shotokan legend Keinosuke Enoeda was promoted to …

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This week in history (1 July – 7 July)

2 July On 2 July 2013 Shoei Miyazato, a Kobayashi Shorin-ryu master and early student of Katsuya Miyahira (the successor to Chosin Chibana), died aged 85 years. Although born in Okinawa, Miyazato attended elementary and high school in Osaka, Japan. As it was during the 2nd World War he had to undergo mandatory training in …

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Cover Star: Christophe Pinna

Christophe Pinna, a Shotokan stylist, is a multiple European and World Champion. Below are some of the magazine covers featuring the Frenchman, famed for his kicking ability.  October 1995  September 1996  June 1997   December 1997   November 2000  

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