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Kenneth Funakoshi

Politics is the worst thing that can happen to Karate at the upper level. The students don’t care about what’s happening in the political way. They just like to train hard and compete, but because the ‘higher-ups’ have their political views or differences they tend to put a lot of restrictions on what the students …

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This week in history (20 Apr – 26 Apr)

20 April On 20 April 1960, Luis Maria Sanz was born in Vallodolid, Spain. He has been described as “the last link between traditional and competitive Karate“. Luis Maria Sanz holds a notable place in competitive Karate, being the first non-Japanese man and the first Shotokan karateka to become WKF World champion in 1992. On …

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Cover Star: Kenneth Funakoshi

A distant cousin of Shotokan Karate founder, Gichin Funakoshi, Kenneth Funakoshi was a longtime member of the Japan Karate Association (JKA), before leaving to form his own association, the Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association (FSKA). A top instructor in all forms of Karate, he was inducted into Black Belt Magazine’s Black Belt Hall of Fame in …

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