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IOC approves karate for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) unanimously agreed yesterday (August 3rd, 2016) to add baseball/softball, skateboard, sports climbing, surfing, and more importantly for us, karate to the sports program for the Olympic Games that are going to…

Revision of Kumite Competition Rules (IKO)

The Kyokushin (IKO) rules are about to change quite interestingly, from the European Championship in May and the All Japan Weight Category Karate Championships in June, 2016. As stated by the official Japanese announcement, there…

MATSUI Shokei changes his name (IKO)

On his birthday, MATSUI Shokei (53) announced that he has changed his name. Except for Japanese-speaking people, it will actually not change anything, as the pronunciation will stay the same. However, his kanji (Japanese ideogram) will…

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

We reported in our opening article that MATSUI Shokei (Kyokushin) had made a declaration that has been seen as a first step toward the reunification of Kyokushin: he announced wanting to meet with MIDORI Kenji…