Tag: Tatsuo Suzuki

Barry Wilkinson

Starting Karate is like embarking on a journey with no destination, only port of call along the way. Barry Wilkinson Training for over 50 years, Barry Wilkinson has been both a competitor and instructor. He has trained with many of Wado-Ryu’s top instructors, including Toru Arakawa, Tatsuo Suzuki, Katsumi Kobayashi, and Tadayuki Maeda. Barry Robert …

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Hideho Takagi

It is easier to be World Champion in kumite than it is to be World Champion in kihon… there is no luck involved in kihon performance. Hideho Takagi A superb technician, Hideho Takagi has been described as the ideal image of Karate. A student of Wado-Ryu founder Hironori Ohtsuka, he was known for his phenomenal …

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Charles Gidley

One should be graded on merit, knowledge, and attitude to the art, as well as one’s capability to pass on the information and therefore maintain a high standard. Charles Gidley Described as an instructor’s instructor, Charles Gidley has developed an extensive knowledge of Shotokan Karate. He has the ability to transmit this knowledge to others. …

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This week in history…(1 January – 7 January)

1 January On 1 January 1913, Genshin Hironishi was born in Kyoto, Japan. Also known as Motonobu Hironishi, he was considered one of Gichin Funakoshi’s favourite students. Together with Shigeru Egami, he was an assistant to Yoshitaka Funakoshi. He was one of the main instructors at the Shoto Kan, Gichin Funakoshi‘a purpose-built dojo. On 1 …

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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…(20 November- 26 November)

20 November On 20 November 2004, William Oliver died in his dojo. One of the most dynamic Kyokushin Karate practitioners of his generation, Oliver was known for his lightning-fast Kicks. At 5ft 4in, he always had to fight much larger opponents, but always held his own. 21 November Between 21-25 November 1982, the 6th World …

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This week in history…(13 November – 19 November)

13 November On 13 November 1943, David ‘Ticky’ Donovan was born, in Loughton, England. He is a highly respected former competitor, coach and founder of the Ishinryu style of Karate. Originally a boxer, Donovan got started in Karate in 1965 when he and a friend attended a class run by Tatsuo Suzuki, a practitioner of …

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This week in history…(10 July – 16 July)

10 July On 10 July 1963, Motokuni Sugiura (a future Chief Instructor of the JKA) resigned as a director of the JKA. In April of the following year, he became a full-time Physical Education Karate Instructor at Asia University. Between 10-14 July 2019, Yasunori Ogura was a guest instructor with Koji Chubachi at the JKA …

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Tatsuo Suzuki

These days, too many people stop training once they pass 2nd or 3rd Dan, they don’t realise belts are not important. Grades mean nothing, all that matters is to train hard. Many people call themselves 10th or even 12th Dan, but most of them are rubbish. Tatsuo Suzuki A direct student of Wado-Ryu Karate founder, …

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This week in history…(21 November – 27 November)

21 November On 21 November 1982, the 6th World Championships commenced in Taipei, Taiwan, finishing on 25 November. Japan continued their dominance of World Karate by topping the medal table with six golds, two silvers and four bronzes. Mie Nakayama began her dominance of the Women’s Individual Kata event by winning the first of her …

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