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Steve Fogarasi

For all those engaged in competitive pursuits, especially if you’re not pursuing it as a professional career, it’s crucial to prioritise self-care and envision your martial arts journey as a lifelong pursuit, extending beyond a mere phase of fighting. Steve Fogarasi Described as a dynamic fighter, Fogarasi is a master technician who focuses on being …

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Kenji Kurosaki

In my eyes, Kyodo is the purest of all martial arts, an archer is of all budokas the one who cares least about winning or losing. For him, only Budo exists. Kenji Kurosaki Known as a pioneer of kickboxing and Muay Thai in Japan, Kenji Kurosaki‚Äôs contribution to the history of Kyokushin Karate has been …

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This week in history…(15 January – 21 January)

15 January On 15 January 1963 Akiyoshi (Shokei) Matsui was born in Chiba, Japan. Of Korean heritage, he was named Moon Jang-gyu. Considered by some to be a “Kyokushin Karate genius“, Shokei Matsui was the youngest man to become Kyokushin World Champion. A tough competitor, he won 50 out of 56 fights. He is also …

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This week in history…(27 November – 3 December)

27 November On 27 November 1932, Toru Arakawa, a former Technical Director of the Japan Karate Federation, was born in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Wado-Ryu founder, Hironori Ohtsuka sent Tatsuo Suzuki, together with Arakawa and Hajime Takashima, on a 2-month tour to Europe and the United States, to demonstrate Wado-Ryu Karate. On 27 November 1980, the 5th World …

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This week in history…(6 November – 12 November)

6 November On 6 November 1964, Pathe Pictorial released a colour film showing Vernon Bell’s British Karate Federation (BKF) students training at the Kentish Town dojo. The film lasting three minutes was shown in cinemas across Britain. Eddie Whitcher can be seen in the film. At the time he was a blue belt. Between 6-8 …

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This week in history…(18 September – 24 September)

18 September On 18 September 2018, Peter Chong, a long-time practitioner of Kyokushin Karate, resigned from IKO. He wanted to return to the ideals of Kyokushin Karate, as taught by Mas Oyama. A week after leaving that IKO he established the International Karate Alliance Kyokushinryu. Chong was named Chairman, with Ryuko Take being named Vice-Chairman. …

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Kazuyuki Hasegawa

In Sosai’s time, the best fighters were always Japanese. But in recent years, we have seen how other countries have been bringing out very good fighters. Kazuyuki Hasegawa Known as the “Little Giant“, Katsuyuki Hasegawa was an exceptionally powerful fighter. Standing 5 ft 6 in, he was known for his footsweeps, body kicks, and follow-up …

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William Oliver

I love teaching because I love to help people and watch them develop and change as the months and years go by. William Oliver One of the most dynamic Kyokushin Karate practitioners of his generation, William Oliver was known for his lightning-fast Kicks. At 5ft 4in, he always had to fight much larger opponents, but …

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This week in history…(24 April – 30 April)

24 April On 24 April 1965, the second authorized demonstration by the JKA in Britain took place at Hornsey Town Hall, London. The touring party consisted of Japanese instructors, Taiji Kase, Hirokazu Kanazawa, Keinosuke Enoeda, and Hiroshi Shirai. 25 April On 25 April 1888, Chojun Miyagi, the founder of Goju-Ryu Karate, was born in Naha, …

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John Taylor

It’s been a long journey, but but an enjoyable one John Taylor One of the highest-ranked Karate practitioners in Australia, John Taylor was at the forefront of Kyokushin development in Australia. He was one of the first uchi-deshi (live-in students) of Mas Oyama. John Taylor was born on 7 June 1941. He emigrated to Australia …

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