This week in history (27 December – 2 January)

27 December

On 27 December 1975, the film, ‘Karate Bearfighter‘ was released in Japan, as part of a trilogy of films based on the life of Mas Oyama. Sonny Chiba played the role of his teacher, Mas Oyama. The first film in the trilogy, ‘Karate Bullfighter‘ was released on 9 August 1975 in Japan. The final film in the trilogy, ‘Karate for Life‘, was released on 14 May 1977.

28 December

On 28 December 1993, Ryusho Sakagami died from heart failure. His son, Sadaaki, succeeded him as the 4th generation successor of the Itosu-Ryu Karate style.

29 December

On 29th December 2016, Frank Cope died aged 82 following a bout of illness.

In many ways, Cope was ahead of his time, practising things that would not gain major popularity for many years. He was also considered a great teacher, being able to identify a student’s weakness and provide a way for them to fix it.

30 December

On 30 December 1960, former SKIF European and World Champion, Aidan Trimble was born in Nottingham, England. He was a long time member of Hirokazu Kanazawas Shotokan Karate International Federation (SKIF), eventually leaving to form his own association, The Federation of Shotokan Karate.

Until injury curtailed his competitive career in 1983, Trimble was a top competitor. He won the SKI (GB) kumite title three times (1980, 1982, 1984) and won the 1st SKIF World Championships kumite title (1983).

Apart from heading his own association, Aidan Trimble is an author with over eight books to his name. He also travels the world conducting courses and seminars.

31 December

On 31 December 1971, Keinosuke Enoedas son, Daisuke, was born. This was the culmination of a big year for him.

Enoeda appeared at the beginning of the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. He also replaced Hirokazu Kanazawa as the JKA Chief Instructor to Europe.

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