Tag: Yasutsune Itosu

This week in history (8 November – 14 November)

8 November On 8 November 1965, Hirokazu Kanazawa held his second official grading at the Lyndhurst Hall dojo in London. Keinosuke Enoeda was also present at the grading. Ray Fuller was successful, receiving the temporary grade of 3rd Kyu. Between 8-11 November 1990, the 10th World Championships were held in Mexico City, Mexico. Tomoyuki Aihara …

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This week in history (27 September – 3 October )

27 September On 27 September 1946, Shito-Ryu master, Yoshimi Inoue was born in the small coastal village of Tottori, Japan. There were no martial arts available to Inoue as a youngster. In 1961 he bought a Karate book written by Teruo Hayashi from which he started to teach himself. On 27 September 1985, the 28th …

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This week in history (1 March – 7 March)

1 March On 1 March 1962, the British Karate Federation (BKF) issued a club affiliation certificate to the Liverpool Karate Club. The club, formed in 1959 under Fred Giles, would eventually come to be known as the Red Triangle Shotokan Karate Club. Initially, club members received instruction from Vernon Bell, Terry Wingrove and Tetsuji Murakami. However, …

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This week in history (8 Feb – 14 Feb)

8 February On 8 February 1985, Kyoshi Yamazaki’s daughter, Mina, was born in California. In November 2012, Mina Yamazaki represented the United States at the 21st World Karate Championships, held in Paris, France. She had started learning Karate from her father, at the age of three. 9 February On 9 February 1929 Shotokan master Taiji …

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Hiroshi Kinjo

I have always remained faithful to the precepts upon which Karatedo rests and have enjoyed a modest but fruitful life. That is what Karatedo, the art of Karate, is all about. Hiroshi Kinjo Virtually unknown in the west, Hiroshi Kinjo was one of the most unpretentious masters. One of the most respected Masters in Japan, …

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This week in history (9 November – 15 November)

9 November On 9 November 1997, K–1 Grand Prix was held at the Tokyo Dome, Japan. Andy Hug reached the final by defeating Pierre Guente of Canada; Masaaki Satake of Japan; and Peter Aerts of The Netherlands. He lost to Ernesto Hoost in the final. 10 November On 10 November 1967, New Zealander, John Jarvis …

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This week in history (28 Sep – 4 Oct)

28 September On 28 September 1897, Shinkin Gima was born in Shuri, Okinawa. Growing up he studied Karate under both Yasutsune Itosu and Kentsu Yabu before attending university in Tokyo. In 1922 he met and began training with Gichin Funakoshi. He was Funakoshi’s first black belt and would eventually reach the rank of 10th Dan. …

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This week in history (11 November – 17 November)

11 November On 11 November 1934 Colin Williams was born. Williams a Shotokan practitioner, started his training during the early days of Karate in the United Kingdom, in the 1950s. In the 1980s he founded the Bukonkai Karate International (BKI) association. He was the association’s Chief Instructor. In 1998 he founded the Malta Bukonkai Karate …

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This week in history (23 September – 29 September)

24 September On 24 September 2004 noted martial artist Teruo Hayashi died from lung cancer in Osaka, Japan. Described as one of the last great Japanese Budo masters,  Hayashi is the founder of the Hayashi-Ha branch of Shito-ryu Karate. He trained under some of the greats of Japanese and Okinawan Karate, including Seiko Higa, Kenko …

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This week in history (25 Feb – 3 Mar)

27 February On 27 February 1948 Terence (Terry) O’Neill, one of the best karate-ka ever produced in Britain, was born in Liverpool, England. O’Neill began his Karate training in 1963 when as a sixteen year old he lied about his age, on his application to join the British Karate Federation (BKF). Under Keinosuke Enoeda and the …

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