The NIKO Ashihara-Karate World Championship (6th edition) will take place on 8-10 November, in the sport complex Mangistau Arena, in Aktau (Kazakhstan). “This is the first time the competition is held in Asia. Another premiere is that Honbu will send for a team to participate in this event. Ashihara-Karate is traditionaly highly developed in the countries of Europe and Russia, has received strong development in Central Asia, which will be represented by such countries as Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, as well as one of the largest countries of Front Asia by Azerbaijan. I think this year will be remembered by the fact that many new members of NIKO will put their teams on the world championship for the first time”, says Igor Otarov, Organization Committee Manager.
Alexander Babia, four times Ashihara-Karate world champion, was recently invited to the seminar “How to reach your goal and stay motivated”, organized by the HomeTraining.TV online platform. If you missed the live streaming, AK MASTERS blog presents interesting aspects of the Romanian athlete’s life, his beginnings, his recipe of success, his goals, his sacrifices for achieving an objective and his plans for the future.
My first contact with Ruslan Shogenov took place at the 2012 World Championship in Serbia. I was in the heating area waiting for the finals to start broadcasting, and with my team (with Daniela Vîrză instead of Laurenţiu Iliescu) was to open the gala with a synchronous kata, being in the position of world champions for the second consecutive time (click here for video). Then, the Russian athlete hobbled, and Adrian Vlăsceanu asked if he was going to fight, and he answered yes, being somehow surprised not by the question, but rather by the option to abandon that match. Ruslan Shogenov, one of the world’s best Ashihara-Karate practitioners, a multiple champion, tells us about a small part of his world.
Even though I ain’t a MMA practitioner (just like many of this blog’s readers), I do acknowledge the practicality and efficiency of the Mixed Martial Arts specific training methods. The fact that they include techniques from various contact disciplines makes this style to be sought by more and more martial arts athletes (standing, ground training, etc.).
It’s no surprise that this blog, ignored by the people who depend on many decision-making issues, is very useful. I have no doubts, especially since I felt myself included among “some websites being operated on the Internet by karate groups in countries outside Japan, using the name Ashihara, and post information that seems to confuse NIKO with other groups” (the entire message of Hidenori Ashihara can be read here). When it will be understood that the “Ashihara family” doesn’t refer strictly to belonging to a single group, then we will certainly find ourselves on the right track.