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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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Kenzo Mabuni

Training every day of life, you have to practice what you believe in and believe in what you practice. Kenzo Mabuni The son of Shito-Ryu Karate founder, Kenwa Mabuni, Kenzo Mabuni has devoted his life to the preservation of the style of Karate as taught by his father. Kenzo Mabuni was born on 30 May …

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Kenei Mabuni

People in Karate have the image of adversity, confrontation, combat, fight, and only stay with this idea. Karate must be a fight, but against oneself… Work more for yourself, take care of your body, take care of your mind, to get richer and have better health. Kenei Mabuni From an early age, Kenei Mabuni was …

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Hirofumi Mizuguchi

One of the most respected Shito-Ryu masters, Hirofumi Mizuguchi, was a longtime assistant of Kenei Mabuni, the son of Shito–Ryu founder, Kenwa Mabuni. Hirofumi Mizuguchi was born on 25 April 1936, in Osaka, Japan. He began learning Karate in 1948 from Kenwa Mabuni, who had brought his style of Karate from Okinawa in the 1920s. …

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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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Shoko Sato

Karate is more than a simple sport. It can be used as a sportive activity in our society but it is an art and the Budo spirit should be present in everything related to it. Even in sports events, the Budo spirit must be there. Budo Karate is for all and can be practised forever. …

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This week in history (23 May – 29 May)

23 May On 23 May 1952, Kenwa Mabuni, the founder of Shito-Ryu Karate, died at the age of 63. His eldest son, Kenei, succeeded him as the 2nd Chief Instructor of Shito-Ryu Karate-do. Many of his other top students founded their own versions of Shito-Ryu. On 23 May 1971, Eddie Whitcher graded for 2nd Dan …

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This week in history (17 May – 23 May)

17 May On 17 May 1969, Keinosuke Enoeda married Reiko Hayashi. Charles Naylor, who would become a stalwart of the KUGB was his best man. The newlyweds settled in Kingston Surrey. 18 May On 18 May 1966, Wayne Otto, a multiple European and World Champion, was born in Hackney, London. Otto is one of the …

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Toru Arakawa

There are so many different cultures and ideas, how can one say a Frenchman follow along with an American and do things exactly the same way. If I have to give advice, it would be to Japanese teachers living abroad – I hope they don’t try to teach the same way in which they teach …

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Manzo Iwata

One of Shito-ryu founder, Kenwa Mabuni’s top students, Manzo Iwata was a phenomenal martial artist, who was a long time member of the Federation of All Japan Karate-do Organisation (FAJKO). A well-respected Shito-ryu master, he was known for his superb technical ability. Manzo Iwata was born on 9 February 1924, in Tokyo, Japan. He was …

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