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This week in history…(8 January – 14 January)

8 January On 8 January 1933, a pioneer of Goju-Ryu Karate in America, Chuck Merriman was born in Waterford, Connecticut. For many years Chuck Merriman has been one of the most recognisable faces in Karate. This American Karate pioneer has been featured on the cover of many martial arts publications. He has been instrumental in …

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This week in history…(26 June – 2 July)

26 June On 26 June 1965, Hirokazu Kanazawa took his first teaching trip to the British Karate Federation’s (BKF) 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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This week in history…(22 May – 28 May)

22 May On 22 May 1962, Akira Masuda was born in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Like most Japanese boys, he was taught Judo at school. By the time he was in high school, he had become Captain of the school’s Judo team. An exceptional fighter known for his strong kicks, Akira Masuda is one of …

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David Pickthall

I always welcomed the challenge of competing in non–IFK events as it is important to test yourself against all Kyokushin groups. Politics should not enter the fighting arena. David Pickthall A long-time student and assistant of Steve Arneil, David Pickthall was a top competitor who competed nationally and internationally in both kata and kumite. He …

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Emma Markwell

A shy lady, Emma Markwell is one of Europe’s most successful Kyokushin competitors. Emma Markwell was born in Crawley, England on 18 July 1989. Around the age of 9, she started attending Kyokushin classes with her stepdad, Les Spall. He was already a student of Steve Arneil, training at his IFK (International Federation Karate) Wimbledon …

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