Osu. Happy New Year 2015!
We just concluded the official New Year’s Training at the NY Dojo, “Kagami Biraki”. Thank you to all students and family members who attended and supplied the delicious food and mochi making skills, OSU!
Last fall 2014 was very busy with several events on the IKO International Tournament Circuit kicking off the start of the selection process for this year’s 11th World Open Karate Tournament – the pinnacle of IKO Kyokushinkaikan competition, to be held in Tokyo, Japan, November 2015.
I traveled to several countries last fall, and had the opportunity to observe exceptional prospective fighters, all eagerly on the path towards the World Open. The 2014 All Japan Open in November proved the strength and tenacity of the Japanese Team opposite the several international fighters from Russia and Europe brought in to up the ante and to heighten the anticipation of the World Tournament. With the Best 8 dominated, as expected, by the top Japanese fighters, the surprise victor in the All Japan this year was Darmen Sadvokasov of Russia. Shoki Arata came 2nd and Zenjyuro Mori finished 3rd.
Find the complete results here: http://www.kyokushinkaikan.org/en/news/2014/11/the-46th-all-japan-open-tournament-official-results.html
As we enter the New Year, the anticipation of the upcoming selection events are firmly taking hold. Here in North America, our first selection event will take place in just a few short weeks, at the US Weight Category Karate Championships in Los Angeles, CA. This will be the 11th anniversary for the USWC, and New York Dojo, KKNY is proud to bring a great group to challenge themselves at this event. Good luck all, OSU!
For info, and spectator tickets for the USWC, please click here: http://www.karateuswc.org/
Last year, 2014 marked the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the International Karate Organization (IKO) Kyokushinkaikan, the 20th Anniversary of Sosai Mas Oyama’s passing, as well as the 20th Anniversary of Kyokushin Karate New York KKNY. The New York Dojo was the last IKO Branch established by Sosai Mas Oyama himself. On accepting that honor, we were extremely humbled, and have put our future into the Kyokushinkaikan. Sosai’s trust in us, and challenge to reignite Kyokushin in the greatest city in the world, NYC, carried us to where we are today. The IKO USA NY Branch is blessed to have the legacy of Sosai Mas Oyama supporting us, and the fortitude of the IKO Kyokushinkaikan propelling us forward.
“One Heart, One Goal ~ World Peace. KYOKUSHIN” ~ Katsuhito & Elizabeth Gorai