Accordind to www.ashiharakai.org, International Association of Karate Ashiharakyokai (IAKA) is a separate and distinct structure started and developed by organizations and clubs, wishing to continue the way of late Kancho Hideyuki Ashihara. In a short space of time, IAKA has spread to many countries, being a high standard association with the intention to be kept harmonious and avoid political intrigues as much as possible. Therefore IAKA has a restrictive membership. To tell more about this organization, AK MASTERS blog interviewed 8th Dan black belt So-Shihan Yuri Egorov, master of sports in karate, the head of Federation of St. Petersburg (since 1995), member of the Technical Committee of the Russian Organization Ashihara-Karate (since 2001) and the Technical Director of the International Association Karate Ashiharakyokai, since 2004.
Andrey Levandin started karate in 1997, at the age of 13, choosing at the beginning not the style, but the coach, Zelenya Nikolay, 3rd Dan Ashihara-Karate, who was famous in his city, being the champion of Russia in 1996 and the winner of the world cup in Denmark, in 1997. Andrey Levandin has a 2nd Dan black belt and he won Ashihara-Karate Sabaki Challenge Spirit (in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010), he was champion of Russia (in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010) and winner of the Cup of Russia (in 2006 and 2007). “My performance «recipe» consists of details: good alimentation, at least 10 hours a day sleeping, intaking of complex organic vitamins, video analysis of the matches and 4-5 hours of practice daily for two months before competitions. But, the most important, not to forget to pray to God.”
I stepped out for the first time in an Ashihara-Karate dojo on a Saturday of April 1995, in Bucharest. Then I was almost 11 years old. I found out about this martial arts style due to a flyer received from sensei Petrică Bulmagă. We were many in that group at the beginning. Over a hundred! I wanted, like any other child, to be like Bruce Lee and do his techniques by jumping. If you had asked what Ashihara-Karate was, almost everyone would have said that it was something like Kyokushin, a full-contact style. You see, at that time we didn’t have your identity.
According to the www.ashiharakarate.co.za, Ashihara Karate International (AKI) is a modern style, with a new and dynamic training approach. Although modern, it retains the positive aspects of traditional karate, such as Kata and Kihon and, of course, discipline. AKI is a separate and distinct system and organization started and developed by Kaicho Hoosain Narker, who has more than 40 years experience in karate. Find more about AKI, the characteristics, the global and development strategies, the relanshionship with NIKO and Romanian practitioners in an interview by AK MASTERS.
I started studying Ashihara-Karate in 1995; back then it really stood out as its technique allowed you to grab an opponent’s head and gi as well as use knees to the head. It felt very innovative, especially in comparison with more traditional karate styles that I was aware of. I was 15 years old at that time with some training in classic judo and a lot of experience in street fights. I did not feel interested in classic karate with its limited contact and points-scoring. I wanted to find a martial art with sparring rules that were closer to a real-life fighting and Ashihara-Karate fulfilled that requirement nicely.