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!
Recently, we initiated several discussions with representatives of Ashihara-Karate style, in the city of Pitești, among them being sensei Florin Neacșu, a particular “branch chief” in this entire national “landscape”, because he’s a member of Ashihara International Karate Organisation (AIKO) and most of Romanian dojos are affiliated to New International Karate Organization (NIKO).
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The long awaited time has come to an end for all Ashihara-Karate martial arts practitioners, representatives, officials and supporters. Soon, the most important international events will take place, namely the World Championships of AIKO (Ashihara International Karate Organisation) and NIKO (New International Karate Organization), on 3rd of November, 2018 (in Győr, Hungary) and 8th-10th of November, 2018 (in Aktau, Kazakhstan).
Sensei Petrică Bulmagă, 3 Dan NIKO black belt, is one of the Ashihara-Karate style’s veterans in Romania, and probably the person with the greatest notoriety in the national organizational structures. So, in the following, we present you an interview with the director of the Ashihara-Karate department from the Romanian Martial Arts Federation (RMAF), where we’ve approached lots of interesting subjects.
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Ashihara-Karate came to Romania at a good time, when people wanted something else, not just traditional karate, but a free and realistic martial arts style. Nowadays, the realism has disappeared, because many protections have been introduced in kumite, the duration of fights has dropped significantly, the number of battles to obtain the grades and the time have decreased, which makes the athletes less physically / mentally trained and causing the appearance of ”belt hunters”. Personally, I’m making extra efforts to bring Ashihara-Karate back to what it represented at the beginnings and I’m supporting the idea of re-introduction of punches to the face.