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Karate Masters


Hirokazu Kanazawa: The Life of A Shotokan Legend

Hirokazu Kanazawa belongs to the group of Shotokan pioneers, who made karate what it is today. In this portrait we give you an overview about his life as a Shotokan legend. By Patrick Donkor and Dr. Christian Tribowski For many Shotokan karateka Hirokazu Kanazawa is a living legend. His supporters place him behind Gichin Funakoshi and Masatoshi Nakayama in the hierarchy of the martial arts. However, it cannot be doubt that nobody has coined Shotokan karate like Hirokazu Kanazawa in the last 50 years. Thus, he is among the most recognizable faces of......

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The picture shows Taiji Kase.

Taiji Kase is one of the most fascinating Shotokan karate masters ever. In this article we are going to present you the 9 most fascinating facts about him. By Patrick Donkor and Dr. Christian Tribowski Taiji Kase lived a life of a libertine. Like no other, he chose his way of Karate dependent on his own interests and convictions. Younger generations might know him from videos as a stout elder Karate grand master with incredible fast hands. However, a look back into his biography reveals his fascinating life. We are going to present......

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The picture shows Katsunori Tsuyama the head coach of Takushoku University karate club called Takudai.

Katsunori Tsuyama is by far the master of the masters. In this article we are going to portray this extraordinary Shotokan master. By Dr. Christian Tribowski Have you ever thought about who the master of Shotokan masters might be? Who trains or has trained, for instance, Tatsuya Naka? The answer is: Katsunori Tsuyama. Although he is widely unknown – except for some experts – he has been one of the most important figures in Shotokan over the last 50 years. The reason for his importance is that he has been coaching the famous......

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Classic: Keinosuke Enoeda and  Fighting Spirit

Keinosuke Enoeda belonged to the generation of Shotokan masters, which understood karate as budo. Fighting and the spirit of Ikken hissatsu stood for them in the center of their karate do. Here I pay tribute to Keinosuke Enoedas fighting spirit. By Dr. Christian Tribowski A few weeks ago, I had the chance to have a look into one of the books of Michael Ehrenreich. He argues in his book that the Karateka of the 50´s and 60´s were not the best technicians. However, their fighting power and spirit were much more advanced than......

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Hirokazu Kanazawa

“The Center of Gravity” is the title of a very rare Interview with Hirokazu Kanazawa. Right from the beginning the viewer gets the feeling to be very close to someone and to attend a once in a life-time event. In 2012, the youtube channel Adeyto Industries run by french but Japan-based artist Adeyto Rex Angeli published an extraordinary interview with legendary Hirokazu Kanazawa. It comprises four parts that give a very close, precious, and unique look into the life and thoughts of the greatest living Shotokan legend. Content of the Interview with Soke......

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WSKF Chief Instructor: Shihan Hitoshi Kasuya

Shihan Hitoshi Kasuya of the WSKF is an insider tip among the international chief instructors of the big associations. However, he is a true fighter and displays a incredible  spirit. His signature techniques are ushiro mawashi geri and ushiro shuto uchi. He is also a serious counter puncher, who has a great timing and precision. Among his many accolades is the 1st place in individual and team kumite at the S.K.I.F. 2nd World Championship in Germany in 1985. The following video is a brief tribute to his skills. Enjoy!  ...

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