OSU! It has been a long time since last blog entry… It has been a very busy in NYC-NJ Dojos, and in the IKO Kyokushinkaikan. This November, IKO Honbu will host the once-every-four-year pinnacle of karate competition in Tokyo, Japan, the WORLD OPEN KARATE TOURNAMENT for the 11th time in history. Many fighters from around the world have been training hard to qualify to their national teams, and preparing for a competitive edge at the World Open. In the last 5months, I have traveled to Lyon, France; Messina, Sicily; Tehran, Iran; Berlin, Germany; and 3 times to Tokyo, Japan for national and selection tournaments and international training seminars and gatherings, with this in mind.
In NY, we successfully held our Spring Promotion Test in March with a record number of grading applicants, kids and adults, including 3 brown belts testing for Sho Dan, and one black belt testing for Ni Dan. Then in April we held our semi-annual inside-branch Goodwill Tournament, and raised hundreds of dollars to benefit UNICEF in their efforts on the ground to help the victims of the devastating earthquakes in Nepal.
In May, Shihan Liz led the IKO Kyokushinkaikan demo for Japan Day @ Central Park, and though we could fit only 40 students on stage, over 60 students offer to help! Many more students and families were in the crowd to cheer us on. It was an excellent turnout, with great media attention and thousands of spectators to celebrate spring the way only Japanese know how, in the heart of NYC.
Recently, our Kyokushin Karate North Carolina affiliate, Senpai Kenny Bufflaoe, and his family, including former All American Youth Champion, Christian Buffaloe participated in a university short film project that was just completed. The results are inspiring. Have a look here at “FIGHTING SPIRIT: http://carolinaphotojournalism.org/cpjw/2015/
As we head into June, we are working hard to prepare for the 2015 ALL AMERICAN OPEN International Karate Championships on June 27, 2015 at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY) on Lexington Avenue & 68th Street in Manhattan.
Besides offering Youth & Seniors divisions for Semi-Contact Kumite, the All American will also have a Full-Contact Knockdown Women’s division and Kata divisions for Intermediate and Advanced ranks, and a Team Kata division as well. Most especially though, this year’s All American Open,will be the Final Selection Tournament for any prospective fighters to win an invitation to the 11th World Open this fall. Many world-caliber fighters, who are already qualified to fight in Tokyo, have confirmed their attendance in NYC in order to test there skill and check out the competition, at this, the last open international knockdown tournament before the lead-up to the World’s. And the 2014 All American Open Karate Champion, Oleksandr IEROMENKO (Ukraine) will be on hand to defend his title!
*Competitor Applications DEADLINE: WED, MAY 27. Please submit via your IKO Branch Chief. KKNY-NJ members competing in Kumite, Semi-Contact and Kata categories, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck all competitors! See you in June in NYC, OSU!!