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This week in history (25 April – 1 May)

25 April On 25 April 1888, Chojun Miyagi, the founder of Goju-Ryu Karate, was born in Naha, Okinawa. 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 …

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This week in history (1 November – 7 November)

1 November On 1 November 1947, Tsuyoshi Hiroshige was born in Kokura, now known as Kita Kyushu City, Japan. A phenomenal instructor, Tsuyoshi Hiroshige was known as a master trainer. He has trained multiple World Champions and All Japan Champions, including Kenji Midori, Kenji Yamaki, Hajime Kazumi, and Norichika Tsukamoto. Between 1-3 November 1975, 128 …

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This week in history (29 March – 4 April)

29 March On 29 March 1965, the JKA World Tour commenced at Hanada Airport, Tokyo. The touring party consisted of Taiji Kase, 6th Dan, who had started training in 1944 at the original Shoto-Kan under Yoshitaka Funakoshi. Hirokazu Kanazawa, 5th Dan, was the next member of the party. He was the first All Japan JKA …

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Tsuyoshi Hiroshige

It is important to determine the strategy, and tactics should be allowed to determine the performers in the field on the basis of their own initiative and knowledge. Tsuyoshi Hiroshige A phenomenal instructor, Tsuyoshi Hiroshige was known as a master trainer. He has trained multiple world champions and All Japan champions, including Kenji Midori, Kenji …

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Bobby Lowe

The ABC of Karate is the basis of kihon. And a lot in the technique depends on kihon. If you know the ABC, you can write words, sentences, paragraphs, chapters, and then books. Bobby Lowe Known as the ‘Instructor’s Instructor‘, Bobby Lowe was Mas Oyama’s oldest and most senior student. He was Oyama’s first uchi-deshi …

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Francisco Filho

That is to show in life you must never give up. Always have to persist, try harder, wish more Francisco Filho Known as the “Kyokushin Monster” by the Japanese, Brazilian Francisco Filho, was the first non-Japanese to win the Kyokushin World Championship. He was also one of the few people to complete the 100-man Kumite …

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Hajime Kazumi

…. I started to think about the significance of Karate. I wanted to know what is Karate really. I began to question what I was doing; the way I was approaching this martial art. I now think that Karate is all about kata.  Hajime Kazumi Known for his devastating low kicks, Hajime Kazumi, was one …

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Kenji Midori

There are a few things that I tell my students. First is to prepare more than others. Second, do not ever give up. Third, do not be average. Kenji Midori Standing at around 5’4″ (1.6 m) in height, Kenji Midori is known as the “Little Giant“. He became the first lightweight competitor to win Kyokushin …

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Shokei Matsui

First, get strong. Then trust yourself and train hard. Do not forget the value of the kihon. Always be willing and willing to move forward. And to make Karate a part of one’s life, whether in joyful or sad times. Shokei Matsui Considered by some to be a “Kyokushin Karate genius“, Shokei Matsui was the …

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Artur Hovhannisyan

Life is like ‘sinusoid” – sometimes we go up, and sometimes we go down – like yin and yang. Artur Hovhannisyan Nicknamed the ” Highlander” due to his Armenian heritage, Artur Hovhannisyan had the ability to move lightly for a big man. He had a unique ability to combine Russian strength and power with Japanese …

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