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Chuzo Kotaka

Karate is a lifelong progression of learning and betterment. It takes a lot of determination, perseverance, and most importantly, self discipline. These are important qualities of a champion, but they are also the qualities of every day karateka. No matter what your goals in Karate are, always remember to keep those qualities dear to your …

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This week in history (20 December – 26 December)

21 December On 21 December 1957 Trevor Guilfoyle and Gerald Tucker become the first karateka in  Britain to be graded to 3rd kyu, under the British Karate Federation (BKF). The grading was conducted by Vernon Bell at 12 Maybush Road, Hornchurch, London. Guilfoyle and Tucker were two of Bell’s earliest students, taking part in the …

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Akio Minakami

I use natural body movement, breath control, and correct posture so that ki comes out smoothly. So, even with less effort, more power goes out to the target. I relax and use my body. Akio Minakami Carrying on the legacy of Shito-Ryu master, Teruo Hayashi, Akio Minakami, is one of the world’s most respected masters. …

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John Jarvis

I also took advice from my teacher on Jo fighting (stick approx. 120 cm long). He reminded me of the words of the great Miyamoto Musashi: “When you go on a long journey, think only about the next stop, not about the whole journey. When you fight many opponents, do the same.“ John Jarvis A …

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Tomohiro Arashiro

Not just kata, not just kumite, both. Tomohiro Arashiro An ambassador of the Okinawan Karate style of Ryuei-Ryu, Tomohiro Arashiho has helped build it from a family-style practised in Okinawa to a style practised internationally. Tomohiro Arashiro was born on 15 July 1954 in Naga City, Okinawa. His father was a farmer. Growing up he …

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This week in history (21 December – 27 December)

21 December On 21 December 1957 Trevor Guilfoyle and Gerald Tucker become the first karateka in  Britain to be graded to 3rd kyu, under the British Karate Federation (BKF). The grading was conducted by Vernon Bell at 12 Maybush Road, Hornchurch, London. Guilfoyle and Tucker were two of Bell’s earliest students, taking part in the …

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Chuck Merriman

Be as hard as the world makes you be and be as soft as the world will let you be! There is a difference between being kind, courteous and considerate because you chose to be and being kind, courteous and considerate because you are not strong enough to be otherwise! My Karate training allows me …

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Yukiyoshi Marutani

Karate should allow individuals to develop their own ethics, spirits, values, and integrity. Karate is an individual accomplishment rather than a public recognition of improvement. Yukiyoshi Marutani Described as a master of kumite, Yukiyoshi Marutani is known for his kumite and his exceptional teaching. He is unique in that he stresses learning kumite before learning …

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This week in history (23 December – 29 December)

23 December On 23 December 1911 Kenko Nakaima was born. He was the grandson of Norisato Nakaima, founder of the Okinawan family karate style, Ryuei-Ryu. Kenko Nakaima, the third headmaster of the style, is credited with opening it to non-family members. One of his top students was Tsuguo Sakumoto, a three-time WKF Kata World Champion. …

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This week in history (27 May – 2 June)

27 May On 27 May 1949 Isao Obata, Masatoshi Nakayama, Shigeru Egami and other senior students helped establish the Japan Karate Association (JKA) under Gichin Funakoshi. A major meeting had taken place to discuss and plan for the future of Shotokan Karate. Almost every ranking Shotokan practitioner, from the oldest to the youngest was present. …

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