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

9 August On 9 August 1945, the United States of America dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. This was three days after they dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. Hiroshi Shirai and his family were one of the few people to survive the dropping of the bomb. On …

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This week in history (27 December – 2 January)

27 December On 27 December 1975, the film, ‘Karate Bearfighter‘ was released in Japan, as part of a trilogy of films based on the life of Mas Oyama. Sonny Chiba played the role of his teacher, Mas Oyama. The first film in the trilogy, ‘Karate Bullfighter‘ was released on 9 August 1975 in Japan. The …

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This week in history (9 August – 15 August)

9 August On 9 August 1945, the United States of America dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. This was three days after they dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. Hiroshi Shirai and his family survived the dropping of the bomb. On 9 August 1975, the film ‘Karate Bullfighter‘ …

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Sonny Chiba

One could be forgiven for thinking of Sonny Chiba as only an actor, who has appeared in more than 125 feature films. Like Bruce Lee, he became one of the first martial arts actors to receive international acclaim for his movie roles. However, he is a legitimate martial artist, holding black belts in Karate, Judo, …

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This week in history (18 January – 24 January)

20 January On 20 January 1909 Gōju-ryu legend, Gōgen Yamaguchi, was born. Nicknamed the Cat, he was famed for his feline-like speed and prowess.Yamaguchi was a direct student of Gōju-ryu Karate founder, Chojun Miyagi. He began training with him in 1929. On 20 January 1938 Cyril Cummins, a pioneer of Shotokan in Central England, was …

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Moments in History: 1st Hawaii All Stars vs Japan Kyokushin Tournament

Bobby Lowe was Mas Oyama’s oldest and most senior student. They had first met in 1952. Oyama had given his first Karate demonstration in Hawaii, as part of his world tour. He was promoting his style of Karate, Oyama Karate Jutsu. Lowe eventually became Oyama’s uchi-deshi (live-in student). By 1957 Lowe had opened Oyama’s first …

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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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