International Karate World Tournament Coming to Trump Taj Mahal July 10-12
ATLANTIC CITY — The Kimura Shukokai International (KSI) Karate World Tournament is coming to the Trump Taj Mahal on July 10-12. Over 500 black belts representing 20 nations will gather at the Mark Etess Arena to entertain spectators with two types of competition: jiyu kumite (or “free sparring”) and kata.
Jiyu kumite is a style where points are awarded based on the speed, accuracy and power of punches and kicks in a controlled fight situation. Graceful demonstration of form kata highlights the speed and accuracy of the Kimura Shukokai tecnique.
“We are honored to host this prestigious event here again in the United States,” said Sensei H.W. Bressaw, chief instructor and 8th Dan of the American Shukokai Karate Union, headquartered in Edison, New Jersey, and one of four technical advisors for KSI. “The very first KSI World Tournament was heled here in the USA in 1981 and has been hosted by a member country every two years since. It’s a bit of a homecoming to have the event held here again and we look forward to competing in
Kimura Shukokai karate is derived from one of the original styles of karate, Shito Ryu, with roots that date back over 300 years to Okinawa.
Its unique execution, which maximizes speed and power, sets this style apart from other karate styles. Soke Shigeru Kimura (1942-1995), the founder of the style, felt the outcome of a confrontation should be decided in a single technique, “one hit – one kill,” which was the traditional way of the Samurai.
Today, Kimura Shukokai International is headed by the late Master Kimura’s four most senior instructors: Shihan Bill Bressaw (8th Dan) from the USA, Shihan Eddie Daniels (8th Dan) from Great Britain, Shihan Chris Thompson (8th Dan) from Cape Town, South Africa and Shihan Lionel Marinus (8th Dan) from Johannesburg, South Africa. It has practitioners on four continents, and numbers over 20,000 students worldwide.
Tickets for the KSI World Tournament are available at the door and are $15 per day for adults, $8 per day for children under 14, and family passes of up to four people are available for $25 per day. Multi-day discounts are also available. — Vanessa Samson