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Posted November 2006

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Questions and Answers

Q. Where do you think Karate will be in the future, say in 30 years time?
I.G. Hampshire - 26 November 2006

A. I have a very strong feeling that in the future ALL competition martial arts will merge into one as the dividing line between the various styles blurs with all the cross-training and the serious impact of MMA. These days it is very common to get students from 5 or 6 styles of karate plus Taikwondo, Jujitsu, Aikido, MMA and Kick-boxin, all training on the same course. This practical blending of the various disciplines not only opens the eyes of the students and instructors but gives everyone a chance to adapt techniques from the other disciplines. The one variable is the parameters of competition which seem to vary almost day to day let alone discipline to discipline. If competition in martial arts wants to be around in 30 years its got to look seriously at the mind-boggling number of competition systems with a multitude of different rules from cage fighting to all the non-contact forms. I can do no better than quote the IOC when it stated that karate was NOT spectator friendly and its image was NOT a constant with the general public. I think that by natural attrition and the passing of time the many styles of karate will blend into a “standard” accepted form (the WKF kata book is an example) and within 20-30 years as the Oriental input is diluted even more we will see competition changed beyond recognition. The example I cite is how Judo changed both technically and rule wise with the introduction of the Russian Sambo techniques which have changed Judo competition forever. With karate, the WKF seems to be trying every avenue to find a formula that will emphasize safety and yet still make its competition attractive to competitors which has resulted in a very complex rule book.

The thing I personally don’t like is that every signatory(country) to the WKF charter has to agree to uphold the WKF rules not only as“supreme” but the signatories MUST promise to punish every association and individual member that competes or utilises any other system of competition such as “ippon shobu” . . .  is this right ? I have learned over the years, it is NOT a good idea to block an individuals choice but to show by example the benefits and advantages of any new legislation. We wait for our journey into the unknown.

Q. Do you think there are national differences in training in Martial Arts?
A.T. Kalice, Poland - 26 November 2006

A. Ho ho ho, this is a tricky one, if I am 100% honest and based on the past 40 years there are big national differences in martial arts and the biggest difference I find is that the passion for training is more intense in 2nd and 3rd world countries and as affluency grows you see the athletes move up the social scale and aspire to play golf,tennis or soccer etc. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in Japan where in the 50’s & 60’s you needed a ticket to get on the mat at the Kodokan and there would be queues of Uni students every afternoon wheeling and dealing to get an earlier mat ticket. In Karate dojos you sometimes had to wait weeks for a place in a class and in winter it was below freezing in the dojo and in summer, the high 90’s but with nearly 100% humidity which drained everyone but you knew that if you missed class you better have a checkable reason otherwise you were out. These days it’s a completely different situation, martial arts are definitely NOT flavour of the month in Japan, with the attraction of Tennis & Soccer far above martial arts so that these days dojos are fully air con and heated otherwise the students will not put up with hardship or any deprivation of all their mod cons.

To sum up, there is an old boxing saying that “the best fighter is a hungry fighter” I agree whole heartedly in this as over the years I have enjoyed teaching in the poorer countries much more than in the premier league countries such as USA.

Recently I held a course in Bavaria and I had 14 students drive 1500 kms in 15hrs to attend the course and they slept for 3 nights on the mat I felt very humbled and responsible and it made me personally realise the thing that has been lost in Japan is “giri giri” or reciprocal obligation where the students feel an obligation to their teacher and the teacher feels an obligation to the students.

This bond seems to be broken as affluency grows and all the trappings of an easy life impact on a hard nights training. I kid myself that I lived and trained in the “golden years” with all its hardship . . . well that’s my excuse.

Some Karate England history . . .

'Self inflicted blows may bring Karate England to its knees'
Times Newspaper Articles - November 1st 2006

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'Karate: Governing body in chaos after website statement'
Times Newspaper Articles - November 9th 2006

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Finland 2006England Squad in Finland for WKF Championships 2006
Sponsored by: Budoworld & Cyberbudo

By our own reporters:

We would like to offer our sincere thanks and appreciation to all the team and the coaches for their application and determination in all the categories both men and women. Its easy to look with a cold disparity at the results and complain that all we came away with was a men's team bronze in the Kumite but the fact of the matter is much more realistic.

From young Emma O’Callaghan in her first adult championship, gaining the experience that we all hope will stand her in good stead in the coming years to a veteran like Rory Daniels who was unable to defend his World Open title due to being on the end of a serious KO in an earlier eliminating round, the story was the same, English karate took part in these Championships in less than ideal circumstances due to the worry of last minute sponsorship, but this showed the true character of the English competitors .

The general consensus of opinion among the supporters was that we were good but on the day circumstances and the luck of the draw beat us. Once again we wish to thank ALL our team and the coaches for all their effort and we wish them all well in the future.

The Staff & Directors of Cyberbudo & Budoworld


Category Gold Silver Bronze
Female Team Kata France Japan Indonesia
Male Team Kata Italy France Egypt & Japan
Female Team Kumite Japan Spain Switzerland & Germany
Male Team Kumite Spain Bosnia Egypt & England
Female Kata Italy Vietnam USA & France
Male Kata Italy Japan Venezuela & Peru
Male Kumite:      
Under 60kg Iran Azerbaijan Egypt & Tunisia
Under 65kg Spain Venezuela Croatia & Indonesia
Under 70kg Azerbaijan Belgium Japan & Iran
Under 75kg Iran Spain Egypt & Japan
Under 80kg Italy Egypt Canada & Iran
Over 80kg Estonia Egypt Italy & France
Open Italy Netherlands Spain & Kazakstan
Female Kumite:      
Under 53kg Japan Italy Egypt & Germany
Under 60kg Slovakia Canada Switzerland & Japan
Over 60kg France Japan Serbia & Australia
Open Turkey Mexico Romania & Serbia


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Summer Course 2006 - Morio Higaonna at Bisham Abbey

Friday 28th July – Sunday 30th July was a date to remember with students from UK, France, Poland, Spain, Germany and Belgium enjoying the teaching of many Sensei including Morio Higaonna, Alan Ruddock, Louis Mercier, Sr Enjuto, Alan Tattersall, George Andrews, Tony Christian and our own Terry Wingrove.

Everything went together as we had all hoped, the location, accommodation, classes, food and the feedback from the participants has clearly shown that we are producing better courses all the time.

We had the great pleasure of hosting Davis Chambers, publisher of Classical Fighting Arts magazine from Los Angeles who provided us all with so much information regarding Classical martial arts.

A number of meetings were held regarding the planning of next years 50th Anniversary course at Bisham Abbey when Higaonna Sensei will lead a party of 22 Japanese and Okinawan Karate and Budo teachers to UK next July to give the most important objective karate course ever held in Europe. Please watch this website for updates.

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Wigan Summer Course 2006

The summer course in Wigan was held on Sat/Sun 12th and 13th August and despite a few hitches was thoroughly enjoyed by both the students and instructors and gave a lot of feedback for future courses in the NW. Senseis Tattersall, Ruddock, Christian and Wingrove were shown the way by the sprightly 84 year old Judo sensei Jack Hearn who still can throw the youngsters round the mat with ease.

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March 2006 - Poland

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Sensei Terry Wingrove at the Ninja at Kiyomizu Shrine, Kyoto.

70's and 80's - Vernon Bell, Terry Wingrove and Leonard Davies

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