ANDREY LEVANDIN: ASHIHARA-KARATE MAY DISAPPEAR AS AN INDEPENDENT STYLE

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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.”

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Nowadays, he works as a coach, teaching two sports: “All style of karate” (discipline Ashihara-Karate) and “Kickboxing” (discipline K-1). He began practicing Kickboxing due to participation in the Russian forum of martial arts, “Battle of Champions 2007”. In the same year, he opened his youth sports school, The Lions of the Caucasus. This was the moment when he had started to work in two directions: Ashihara-Karate and Kickboxing. “Today, it’s clear that is disorder in the NIKO Ashihara-Karate’s family. From my point of view, the organization is gradually losing credibility worldwide. If previously there were many countries, now the number is low and it can be noted a fragmentation of the organization. For Hidenori, NIKO is only family business, and he isn’t interested in attracting new forces. My suggestion is to change the policy, otherwise Ashihara-Karate will disappear as an independent style. I like this martial arts style very much, because it’s closer to the life’s realities. In the world of Hideyuki, «Ashihara-Karate is a life principle, a choise between right or left direction and the choice is yours». In the Russian Ashihara-Karate, there are such things as NIKO, and the reason is no competent leader. This problem is not only with us, but also in many countries where there are organizations that support NIKO and alternative organizations that don’t work with NIKO. At the beginnings, things were different: they were all together, as one big family. My hope is that the situation will change for the better.”, said the Russian champion.

His future plans includes working as a coach and educate the younger generations. “Here, in Russia, there is a saying: «If you want to make God laugh, tell Him about your plans», but – generally – these are my goals for the years to come”, concluded Andrey Levandin.