Tag: Taiji Kase

This week in history (22 November – 28 November)

22 November On 22 November 1984, the second day of the 1992 World Championships took place in Maastricht, Netherlands. For the first time in the championship’s history, Britain topped the medal table, winning a total of eight medals (four golds, one silver and three bronzes) ahead of Japan. Britain’s main successes came in the kumite …

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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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Dirk Heene

The road to perfection cannot be travelled in one lifetime. Dirk Heene A long time student of Shotokan’s, Taiji Kase, Dirk Heene has done a lot to promote the teachings of Kase. Dirk Heene was born on 24 January 1948, in Aalst, East Flanders Province of Belgium. His father was a mining engineer. When he …

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This week in history (26 July – 1 August)

27 July On 27 July 1923 the founder of Kyokushin Karate, Matsutatsu (Mas) Oyama was born in Japanese occupied Korea. Born Choi Yeong-eui, he spent most of his life in Japan. He was a student of Gichin Funakoshi and later Gogen Yamaguchi. On 27 July 1985, the Karate Championships were held as part of the …

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Richard Amos

I feel that competition is very healthy and in line with human nature, and as Karate is for one’s entire life, there is time during that life when you should compete. Richard Amos One of only a few foreigners who have passed the JKA Instructors Course, Richard Amos is also one of the few non-Japanese …

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Ray Fuller

… I had to learn Karate, I had to look after myself… Ray Fuller A pioneer of Shotokan Karate, Ray Fuller was one of Vernon Bell’s first Karate students. His association was a founding member of the English Karate governing body. Raymond Edward Fuller was born on 27 January 1934. After leaving school he joined …

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This week in history (31 May – 6 Jun)

31 May On 31 May 1993, the former Chief Instructor for the JKA in Belgium, Satoshi Miyazaki died. Miyazaki eventually became a member of the Takushoku Karate team that included Shiro Asano, Hideo Ochi, Kazumi Tabata, and Katsuya Kisaka. The team was very successful, winning the All-Japan University Championships. On completing his degree, Miyazaki was …

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Pascal Lecourt

I have no objections to sportive Karate as such. I think it can go together very well with Karate as a way of life. It is just a shame that most of the competition people are only interested in winning and earning. It often lacks brotherhood as we experience here during Karate training sessions. There …

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This week in history (10 May – 16 May)

10 May On 10 May 1957, the founder of Shotokan Karate, Gichin Funakoshi, was laid to rest at the Zen Sho-ji temple in Kakiu. He was cremated and his ashes laid alongside those of his wife. Funakoshi had died on 26 April, in a Tokyo hospital, surrounded by his close family and his student Shigeru …

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Dario Marchini

To do Kumite, you must practice Kata and Kihon. Dario Marchini One of the most successful European competitors, Dario Marchini is an 18-time European champion and a 9-time World Champion. As a competitor and coach, he was one of the best. Dario Marchini was born in the Northern Italian city of Brescia, on 30 December …

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