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This week in history (12 November – 18 November)

12 November On 12 November 1964 Julie Nicholson was born in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear.  Nicholson started Shotokan Karate under the guidance of John Holdsworth and Jeff Barwick, at the age of nine. She eventually came under the instruction of Keinosuke Enoeda.  She began her competitive career in 1976 eventually becoming a member of the KUGB (Karate Union of …

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This week in history (5 November – 11 November)

5 November On 5 November 1961 a Karate exhibition was held at the Honolulu Civic Auditorium, sponsored by the Hawaii Karate Congress. Several top Japanese martial artists, including  Goju-Ryu’s Kanki Izumikawa and Shotokan’s Hidetaka Nishiyama and Hirokazu Kanazawa, displayed their skills to an attentive crowd. ******************************************** On 5 November 1963 Masters Masatoshi Nakayama, Hiroshi Shoji, Keinosuke Enoeda, Toru Iwaizumi and Katsuya Kisaka arrived to teach Shotokan Karate in Indonesia. …

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Cover Star: Wayne Otto

Wayne Otto is one of the most successful tournament fighters to have come out of Britain. He has appeared in the Guinness Book of Records as having won the most Karate championship medals for a male competitor. Over the years he has featured on the cover of a number of martial arts publications. Below are just …

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This Week in history (20 November – 26 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 three individual titles. At …

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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 Wado-Ryu. He …

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This Week in history (6 November – 12 November)

6 November On 6 November 1964, Pathe Pictorial released a color film showing Vernon Bell’s British Karate Federation (BKF) students training at the Kentish Town dojo. The film lasting three minutes, was shown in cinemas across Britain. Eddie Whitcher can be seen in the film. At the time he was a blue belt. 7 November On  7 November 2008, …

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