Karateka


The picture shows Yoshihide Suga, prime minister of Japan, in a Karate Gi.

Yoshihide Suga did succeed Shinzo Abe as prime minister of Japan on September 16, 2020. He was sworn in by the Emperor of Japan Naruhito in the Imperial Palace as 99th prime minister. Before taking over office as PM Suga was the Chief of Staff of Shinzo Abe and prior to that hold several cabinet posts. In 2019, he revealed the current era of the Japanese calendar stipulated by the Tenno. For the international Karate community PM Suga might become a godsend. Before joining politics the son of a strawberry farmer from Akita......

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Ueda Daisuke applies Sen no sen and intercepts the Kizami-Zuki of his opponent.

Ueda Daisuke is an extraordinary Karateka and easy to underestimate. The reason for this assessment is his physic. He is a little heavy for a fighter with his speed. For his opponents his quickness must come as a surprise. And he knows how to take advantages of that. In 2018, he displayed one of the best Sen no sen applications of the last decade. By Dr. Christian Tribowski Ueda Daisuke: Ashi-Barai at All Japan Championship 2018 At the All Japan Championship 2018, Nishimura Nobuaki had to fight against Ueda Daisuke. Both fighters faced......

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“I beat the Makiwara 5.000 times per day”: Koichiro Okuma About his Daily Life and Favorite Hobby

We all admire Karate Instructors like Koichiro Okuma. Their excellent technique, fighting spirit, and charisma give them a superhuman aura. But who are Karate Instructors? How much do they train? Do they have other jobs beside Karate? How does a regular day in the life of a Karate Instructor look like? The Shotokan Times had the chance to interview one of the most renowned and world-wide known JKA Instructors: Koichiro Okuma. We talked with him about his morning routine, the long days of traveling, and his most favorite hobby. Learn more about the......

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The pictures shows Andre Bertel doing a mae geri.

Andre Bertel has had a moving karate biography. According to himself was his hardest dan examination the one for godan. Why it became so difficult is going to be answered in this article. By Dr. Christian Tribowski Everyone, who has seen or heard something about Andre Bertel, comes to the following conclusion: not much could make him lose his inner balance. He always seems to be under control over every situation. Calm and focused he masters all challenges. But such coolness does not comes for free. The Godan Examination of Andre Bertel In......

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Do you know Sensei Richard Heselton? You have to!

Richard is the most successful Western karateka. However, many karateka do not him. Her we give you a glimpse into his incredible karate journey. By Dr. Christian Tribowski Many Westerners have gone to Japan in order to learn the art of Shotokan Karate. However, only a handful of them has become successful on the peninsula. The most successful one is Sensei Richard Heselton. Right after he gained his high school degree in England, he moved to Japan to begin his life-long Karate journey. On his way, he studied under Sensei Tatsuya Naka and......

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