The AK MASTERS blog enters in its second year of activity. We have accumulated many experiences during this period and have come into contact with many Ashihara-Karate enthusiasts. At first, for me – as for most practitioners in Romania – the NIKO organization was almost the whole “universe” of the martial arts style under which I practiced my entire sporting career. Along the way, I have met people belonging to other international structures (AIKO, AKI, IAKA and TSG), which has greatly increased my perception of this world. I want to thank everyone for their collaborations and for supporting free expression beyond structural barriers and state borders.
The Tsu Shin Gen International Budo Association (TSG) is a non-political martial art association in which members from various countries can exchange ideas and experience for the benefit of all. The organization is teaching five systems: TSG-Combat Karate, TSG-Mix Fight, TSG-Kyokushin Karate, TSG-Ashihara International Karate and TSG-Grappling. Although being a small organization, TSG has branches in Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, United Kingdom, Sri Lanka, India and Chile. To tell more about this association, AK MASTERS blog interviewed Soke David C. Cook, 10th Dan. He has over 40 years experience of teaching Kyokushin Karate, Ashihara-Karate, Ashihara International Karate and, more recently, his own TSG-Combat Karate and TSG-Mix Fight styles. During this time, he has studied in Japan and other countries under various karate and grappling masters. He also spent some time studying the Wing Chun style of Kung Fu at the Chinese Legation, in London, in the early 1970.
Vsevolod Lebedev is the International Association of Karate Ashiharakyokai (IAKA) organization Branch Chief in Latvia. He started practicing karate in 2008, being an active athlete until 2016. During this time he was member of NIKO and Josui-Karate organizations. He participated five times (2011-2015) in Sabaki Challenge Spirit international championship (Denmark). Also, he was the winner of Eurasian and European competitions (Turkey and Latvia) and of many Kyokushin, Ashihara-Karate and Josui-Karate local tournaments. In 2010, he opened his own dojo, where he’s working as a coach with almost 50 sportsmen.
Mate and Viktor Antalics are two Ashihara-Karate fighters, from Győr (Hungary), nowadays both being members of Dave Jonkers’ Ashihara International Karate Organisation (AIKO). They started this martial arts style in 2000 (under sensei József Mosonyi’s guidance), and also playing soccer and dancing, but there was a point when they had to choose one sport activity, so they had decided in favor of full-contact fighting. At present, they do CrossFit, sprints and run long distances.
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.