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For some time now, I have noticed a communication pattern for the Ashihara-Karate movement worldwide. The members have begun to use frequently in their opinions the name of the organization they are part of, thing which didn’t happen in 2017, for example, when I launched AK MASTERS blog. From my point of view, there is a strain of muscles that is… unnecessary, in a sporting branch which has neither visibility nor importance in the eyes of state representatives, those who really have the power to tilts the balance to issues that can turn a trivial discipline into one of interest for long-term development. At least in Romania!

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The focus is still on the proud showing of sporting performances and on the fact that they are gained within a certain international structure, but I ask something else: is more champion someone who acquires the title within a particular organization or another? The only hierarchy that matters and gives value to the athlete is the one regulated by the national authorities, and in Ashihara-Karate in Romania professionalism is synonymous with the term “hobby”. No practitioner can make it a full-time job, no matter how impressive his/hers record is, that is why, at some point, he/she focuses on activities specific to his/hers professional training. All young people should think seriously about their future after they no longer tie the belt to the karate-gi. This is my advice for them!

In a previous post, I said that the most important thing in Ashihara-Karate movement nowadays is the existence of several world organizations (click here). There are no significant differences between them; you can move easily from one to another. There are even coaches who are Branches in several organizations. Exclusivity doesn’t seem to me to be the best solution, because the idea of knowledge sharing is abolished, which suppresses freedom. Learning from each other and being open to the advices given to us by various people is the basis of individual evolution. If I want to learn martial arts, I have to have as many experiences as possible to become a complete athlete, able to use a variety of techniques, even if it would mean to come in contact with many martial arts styles. A very restrictive organization will never help you achieve this goal.

For today’s Romania, the choice between NIKO and AIKO only depends on how club presidents resonated with the leaders of these structures and, of course, the benefits they have within them. But the style is the same, invented by Hideyuki Ashihara several decades ago. So, do we promote the style or the organizations? We should be less theorizing about affiliation to the forums, because the differences are not as noticeable as you would compare Ashihara-Karate with Kickboxing, for example. Did Attila Hartyányi (Hungary), Alexandr Zhuravlev (Kazakhstan), and the most important Ashihara-Karate international movement, Maarif Baqirov (Azerbaijan) teach in the organization in which they now operate a different style than the one before being a constituent part of it? Personally, I’m curious if a NIKO Branch from Romania will take a step towards another organizational structure, especially due to the newest conditions imposed to the sports clubs for being members in the Ashihara-Karate department from the Romanian Martial Arts Federation.