Tag: WKF

This week in history…(12 September – 18 September)

12 September On 12 September 1961, Molly Samuel, a multiple European and World Champion, was born in Paddington, West London. Samuel was Britain’s first individual female World Karate Federation (WKF) World Champion. She was a pioneer of women’s competitive Karate, paving the way for many of Britain’s future world champions. Her major honours include: World …

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Matt Price

I see Karate not as a sport but as an art. Therefore kata and kumite are both needed to become an all-round practitioner of the art. That isn’t to say I have anything against people who view karate as a sport. Matt Price As a competitor, Matt Price was known for his very strong kumite. …

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Lucio Maurino

I think that through Karate we must learn to adapt ourselves to situations. This is the first lesson I give to all my students. “Remember that Karate teaches you how to adapt yourself to different situations.” But before you can be adaptable in your body, like in a fighting situation, you must be adaptable in …

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On this day….(February 26)

On 26 February 1946 Brian Fitkin, a Kyokushin practitioner, was born in London. Fighting at heavyweight, Brian Fitkin was described by legend Steve Arneil as being like “a Stalking Tiger“. Considered one of the best all-around fighters to come out of the UK, Fitkin was a natural fighter who could fight with control or go …

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On this day….(February 20)

On 20 February 1986 Kata World Champion Rika Usami was born in Tokyo, Japan. A student of Karate master Yoshimi Inoue, Usami won the 2012 WKF World Championship Kata final held in Paris, France. She is known for her grace, strength and speed that mesmerize in equal measures.

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Nguyen Hoang Ngan

Nicknamed the “Kata Queen of Southeast Asia“, Nguyen Hoang Ngan is Vietnam’s most successful Karate competitor. A former World Champion, she was the face of Vietnamese Karate for many years. A winner of multiple titles, she is a 7-time winner of the South Eastern Games (SEA Games). Nguyen Hoang Ngan was born on 21 October …

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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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Antonio Diaz

Sport is sport, period. You train, you compete, and you retire. Budo Karate is a way of life. You can always go back and start again, over and over, because like life itself, it is a process. We should use Karate as a discipline to look at life. Budo philosophy it’s not only about Karate …

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This week in history (15 November – 21 November)

15 November On 15 November 1968, Doug Perry was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. Perry was the first non-Okinawan promoted to 9th Dan within the Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Shorin-Kan Karate Association. He was one of the first group of students to practice Karate in its infancy in the United States. 16 November On 16 November 1928 Mitsusuke Harada …

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Douglas Brose

Believe what you are doing. Faith is one of the most important things for you to get where you want, just believe. Douglas Brose Known for his lightning-fast, and dynamic techniques, Douglas Brose is one of the most imaginative fighters. Winning all the possible international competitions available to him, he was the first Brazilian to …

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