The world of karate mourns the loss of one of its most esteemed figures, Antonio Oliva. With his passing, the Spanish and international karate community bids farewell to a true legend whose legacy will forever resonate in the hearts of karate worldwide.

Antonio Oliva stands as one of the pillars that built Spanish karate, symbolizing resilience, dedication, and excellence. As one of the three Spanish-born karatekas to have achieved the prestigious 10th dan, his impact on the sport is unparalleled.

A trailblazer in every sense, Antonio Oliva was the epitome of karate excellence. He etched his name in history as the first-ever national champion, holding the title uninterruptedly from 1970 to 1975. As a competitor, Antonio Oliva’s prowess was unmatched. Leading Spain to victory as a coach, he secured gold in the team category at the 1980 World Championship, leaving an indelible mark on the global stage.

Seguis leyendo Karate family mourns passing of pioneer and coaching icon Antonio Oliva

 

The karate competition of the African Games in Accra, Ghana, reached its second day, featuring intense showdowns and skilful displays. This event, the pinnacle of karate in the continent, also serves as the platform to crown the champions of Africa.

Male Kata: Karim Ghaly Claims Victory for Egypt

In the Male Kata category, Karim Ghaly of Egypt showcased his mastery, clinching the gold medal. Ghaly’s precision outshone his opponent, Adam Rchouq of Morocco, securing victory with a score of 42.00 to 39.60.

Women Team Kata: Egypt Triumphs Over Morocco

Egypt continued its dominance in the Women Team Kata, where they faced off against Morocco. With synchronized movements and impeccable technique, the Egyptian team secured the win with a score of 41.70 to 39.90, solidifying their status as champions.

Seguis leyendo Karate at the African Games: Egypt and Algeria Shine on Day Two

 

The World Karate Federation (WKF) President, Antonio Espinós, engaged in a pivotal meeting with the President of the Chinese Karate Association (CKA), Zhang Zhi, during the Karate 1 Youth League event held in Fujairah, UAE. This encounter aimed at fostering collaboration and exploring opportunities to extend the progress of Karate in China even more.

The meeting, also attended by Asian Karate Federation (AKF) President and WKF Vice President Major General Nasser Alrazooqi, alongside AKF CEO Vincent Chen, provided a platform to discuss the progress of karate in China and strategize on potential areas of cooperation between the WKF, the AKF, and the CKA.

WKF President Antonio Espinós said:

«It was a pleasure to meet with President Zhang Zhi and engage in constructive discussions about the growth of karate in China. Our aim is to explore avenues for collaboration that will not only benefit the Chinese Karate Association but also contribute to the global development of our sport.»

“I would also like to express my appreciation to AKF President Major General Nasser Alrazooqi for facilitating this meeting. The continuous development of karate in China is of utmost importance to the WKF and the AKF, and we look forward to a prosperous collaboration.»

Seguis leyendo Progress of Karate in China at Heart of High-Profile Meeting in Fujairah

 

The first Karate 1 – Youth League of the season concluded in Fujairah, UAE, with young karatekas from around the globe showcasing their talent and determination.

In the U14 Kata Female category, Anil Shariatpanahi of Armenia emerged victorious, defeating Sardari Yasna Talebizadeh of Iran with a score of 41.40 to 41.00. Meanwhile, in the U14 Kata Male division, Javoxir Djaxangirov of Uzbekistan clinched the title by outperforming Ibrahim Almulhim of Saudi Arabia with a score of 41.30 to 41.10.

 

Hana Belal Mahmoud of Egypt claimed the top spot in the U14 Kumite Female -42 kg category, securing victory over Joudy Elzoghby of Egypt with a score of 2-1. In the U14 Kumite Female -47 kg division, Ioana Balanescu of Romania emerged victorious after a closely contested match against Hanna Olschewski of Germany, by “Hantei” or decision (0-0)

Seguis leyendo Future Karate Champions Shine Bright: Thrilling Conclusion to Karate 1 Youth League in Fujairah