This week in history…(7 August – 13 August)

7 August

On 7 August 1946, Leo Lipinski was born in Durban, South Africa.

One of the highest-ranked non-Japanese JKF (Japan Karate Federation) Gojukai, Leo Lipinski was known for his exceptional kumite. He was never afraid to express his views, but he firmly believed in hard work over talent.

9 August

On 9 August 1945, the United States of America dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. This was three days after they dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Hiroshi Shirai and his family survived the dropping of the bomb.

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

10 August

Between 10-12 August 2016, an international gasshuku took place at the Ankorondrano Gymnasium in Madagascar. It was led by Daniel Lautier. The following day a tournament was held at the same location.

On 10 August 2015, Motokuni Sugiura died aged 90.

A great thinker on the essence of Karate and how it should be taught, Motokuni Sugiura dedicated his life to Karate. As an instructor, he focused on developing strong basics. As the second Chief Instructor of the JKA, he oversaw a turbulent period in their history.

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