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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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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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This week in history (23 November – 29 November)

23 November On 23 November 1963, Shotokai master, Mitsusuke Harada gave a Karate demonstration at the Royal Albert Hall, during the National Judo Championships. Judo great, Kenishiro Abbe’s organisation, the British Budo Council, had invited Harada. On 23 November 1986, the third day of the 8th WUKO World Karate Championships took place in Sydney, Australia. …

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This week in history (19 October – 25 October)

20 October On 20 October 1972, Kyokushin legend, Howard Collins competed in the 4th All Japan Open Karate Tournament. He made it to the final where he lost to Miyuki Miura. On 20 October 1982, martial arts historian, Donald Frederick “Donn” Draeger died from cancer at the Veteran’s Hospital located in Milwaukee. He was buried …

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Tommy Morris

Scotland’s first black belt, Tommy Morris is an icon of Scottish Karate. He has been rightly called the “Father of Scottish Karate“. He has had many successful students, including David Coulter and Pat McKay. Many Scottish Karate-ka can trace their Karate lineage back to him. Tommy Morris was born in the Scottish city of Glasgow on …

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This week in history (25 November – 1 December)

25 November On 25 November 1948 the founder of the Okinawan Karate style Uechi-ryu, Kanbun Uechi, died aged 71. Born into a family of farmers, in 1897 Uechi fled his native Okinawa to avoid conscription into the Japanese army. He travelled to Fuzhou (Fuchou) in the Fukien Province of China. Looking to learn martial arts, …

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This week in history (21 October – 27 October)

25 October On 21 October 1941 Edward Arthur Whitcher he was born in Dagenham, Essex. Whitcher started training at the  dawn of Karate in the United Kingdom. He was the first British subject to be promoted to 3rd Dan from the Japanese Karate Association (JKA), at their Tokyo headquarters in 1971. ******************************************** On 25 October 2013 …

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This week in history (26 November – 2 December)

26 November On 26 November 1988 the 3rd Shotokan Karate International (SKI) World Championships began at the Utsunomiya Grand Hotel, in Japan. Hirokazu Kanazawa gave the opening speech to the Championships. In the men’s kata final K Kato defeated M Murakami. Both men performed the kata Unsu. The woman’s individual kata title was won by S Mukai of …

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This week in history (22 October – 28 October)

25 October On 25 October 2013 Scottish karate-ka David Coulter took part in the annual 100 Kata Challenge. The 100 Kata Challenge is a worldwide event to commemorate Okinawa Karate Day. Participants have to perform 100 repetitions of a Karate kata of their choice. 26 October On 26 October 1957 the Federation Internationale De Karate (FIK) …

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