Alexander Babia, four times Ashihara-Karate world champion, was recently invited to the seminar “How to reach your goal and stay motivated”, organized by the HomeTraining.TV online platform. If you missed the live streaming, AK MASTERS blog presents interesting aspects of the Romanian athlete’s life, his beginnings, his recipe of success, his goals, his sacrifices for achieving an objective and his plans for the future.
My first contact with Ruslan Shogenov took place at the 2012 World Championship in Serbia. I was in the heating area waiting for the finals to start broadcasting, and with my team (with Daniela Vîrză instead of Laurenţiu Iliescu) was to open the gala with a synchronous kata, being in the position of world champions for the second consecutive time (click here for video). Then, the Russian athlete hobbled, and Adrian Vlăsceanu asked if he was going to fight, and he answered yes, being somehow surprised not by the question, but rather by the option to abandon that match. Ruslan Shogenov, one of the world’s best Ashihara-Karate practitioners, a multiple champion, tells us about a small part of his world.
Even though I ain’t a MMA practitioner (just like many of this blog’s readers), I do acknowledge the practicality and efficiency of the Mixed Martial Arts specific training methods. The fact that they include techniques from various contact disciplines makes this style to be sought by more and more martial arts athletes (standing, ground training, etc.).
It’s no surprise that this blog, ignored by the people who depend on many decision-making issues, is very useful. I have no doubts, especially since I felt myself included among “some websites being operated on the Internet by karate groups in countries outside Japan, using the name Ashihara, and post information that seems to confuse NIKO with other groups” (the entire message of Hidenori Ashihara can be read here). When it will be understood that the “Ashihara family” doesn’t refer strictly to belonging to a single group, then we will certainly find ourselves on the right track.
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.