IAKA SUMMER CAMP, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EUROPEAN UNION

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The international summer camp of Ashiharakyokai (IAKA) will take place from the 19th until the 21th of July 2019, in the recreation center “Vecupenieki” (25 km from the city of Riga, Latvia). “This is the first time we have such event in the territory of the European Union. All karate styles and organisations are most welcome to participate”, said So-Shihan Yuri Egorov (click here). All registrations and payments must be received and processed before 25th of June 2019. The total cost of the camp is 160 Euros, including: accommodation, meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), training sessions, delivery to camp and back to Riga.

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RAUL RUCĂREAN: “WE RECOGNISE THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTINUOUSLY DEVELOPING AND «EMBRACING» NEW IDEAS. KEEPING AN OPEN MIND TEACHES YOU THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING NEW TO LEARN”

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Raul Rucărean is a supporting person of AK MASTERS blog since the beginning, helping me last year to publish an interview with Soke David C. Cook (10th Dan), the founder and grandmaster of Tsu Shin Gen International Budo Association (TSG) – click here. In 1999 he opened three dojos in Romania (two in Brașov and one in Sighișoara), but in 2002 he left the country and his work towards Ashihara had ended. He settled in the UK in 2005 and nowadays he is the Country Representative for TSG Combat Karate, being part of this organization since 2012.

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FLORENTIN MARINESCU: “MARTIAL ARTS MEANS HUMAN PERFORMANCE THAT YOU DO WITH YOURSELF, NOT WITH OTHERS. IN DOJO WE ENTER WITH THE JOY TO SUPPORT MUTUAL DEVELOPMENT”

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Florentin Marinescu, President of the Romanian Martial Arts Federation, is the most important personality from hierarchical point of view regarding the organizational structure in which most Ashihara-Karate practitioners in Romania activate. A man whose life is identified with martial arts and who has been pleased to talk to AK MASTERS in an interview.

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DAVE JONKERS: “THE DRIVING FORCE IS SPREAD OUT KNOWLEDGE, INSPIRE MEMBERS AND CREATE HARMONY IN AIKO ORGANIZATION”

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Since early 90’s, an European group separated from the Japanese organization. The reason was the policy that was being pursued, which resulted in different countries having distanced themselves from Japan. For 50 years I have been involved in martial arts, of which the last 30 years in Ashihara, also experienced Japanese society and culture in a period more than 22 years at a time when we visited and fought in Japanese Karate, Kudo (Daidōjuku), K-1, Pancrase and Pride, so some experience in this is present.

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A LEADER CAN BE ONE PERSON OR AN ASSOCIATION BETWEEN PEOPLE. WHAT’S BETTER?

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I’ve collaborated until now with five international organizations: NIKO (New International Karate Organization), AIKO (Ashihara International Karate Organization), AKI (Ashihara Karate International), TSU (Tsu Shin Gen International Budo Association), and IAKA (International Association of Karate Ashiharakyokai). From the management point of view, the first four have a leader (namely “Kancho”, “Shihan”, “Kaicho” or “Soke”), and a technical committee decides on the latter. But which form of organization is better?

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