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Hideyuki Ashihara

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(1944 - 1995)
Hideyuki Ashihara (Ashiwara), the founder of Ashihara Fighting Karate, was born on December 5, 1944, in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. Since opening his first karate school in Yawatahama, a small seaside village in Ehime Prefecture, in 1965, he has devoted himself to the pursuit of the most rational, logical karate techniques.

As a Shihan in Kyokushin Karate, his ability in avoiding an attack by moving to the opponents back or blind side made him one of the most sought after teachers. This combination of defence and offence into one which he would later dub Sabaki, is demonstrated by him in the movie "The Strongest Karate" which was made in 1976 as well as "The Godhand" - the documentary about the 2nd World Championships. In 1977, his student Takao Nakayama came second in the All Japan Championships. A year later, Joko Ninomiya who placed third in the 1st World Championships, won the 10th All Japan. This established Ashihara even more and gave further rise to the development of Sabaki. In 1979, prior to the 2nd World Championships, he left the Kyokushinkai (or according to Kyokushin - he was expelled).

In 1980, he founded the New International Karate Organisation - Ashihara School of which until his untimely passing on 24 April 1995, he was the Kancho (Headmaster). This school, at the time, grew into one of Japan's largest with member dojo's spread across the world. His karate has been acclaimed as the most practical. He has taught at a Japanese Police Academy and brought on some Japanese karate champions.

Currently, the Ashihara Karate International Organisation is headed by Kaicho Hoosain Narker who is based in Cape Town, South Africa.

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First held in 1987 in Cape Town, the Sabaki Challenge Karate Championships merged in 1996 with the annual Invitational Championships.
Since then, it has grown into an International Tournament with hundreds of competitors from all over.

2010 World Cup
South Africa has just finished hosting the 2010 Soccer World Cup. What a spectacular event it was. We then hosted the World Cup for Ashihara Karate in October of the same year.

The 2nd Sabaki Challenge World Cup will be held in 2017 - see the first one at the bottom of this page.

My Karate Odyssey
Kaicho Hoosain Narkerís
My Karate Odyssey is now available read more ...

The 2016 World Kumite Championships was held in Pattaya, Thailand was an event that showcased the true spirit of the Martial Arts and had top fighters from all over the World.  Ashihara Karate attended once again and will use the Sabaki Challenge to select fighters for future WKO events.