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.
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.
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.
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?
I had a conversation with Sensei Dan Mătuşea, 3rd Dan NIKO (New International Karate Organization) black belt, the coach of Romania Ashihara-Karate national team and the president of Ares Dojo DM Sports Club (Braşov). So, I present you a comprehensive interview made by AK MASTERS, in which I approached all the topical issues regarding his activity in nowadays Ashihara-Karate worldwide. The English version of this interview is shorter than the original one, in Romanian language. For complete experience, click here!
Acest interviu are o variantă extinsă în limba română, pe care o puteți accesa aici!