Top 8 decided – American Open

Top 8 Mens and Top 4 Womens breaking boards

Top 8 has been decided of the men’s All American Kyokushin Open tournament as follows:

1. Alejandro Navarro (Spain)
4. Marcin Prachnio (Poland)
7. Nicolae Stoian (Romainia)
11. Goderzi Kapanadze (Russia)
12. Oleksandr Ieromenko (Ukraine)
15. Alexey Medvedev (Russia)
100. Shouhei Kamada (Japan)
22. Zahari Damyanov (Bulgaria)

Some great match ups to come, potentially a semi final between Navarro and Kapanadze, which will relive their last battle from last year’s World tournament where Kapanadze won through in an extension.

Also going strong still is the Japanese fighter, Shouhei Kamada, who is fighting well so far. How he will go against Damyanov in the next round only time will tell.

The women are down to the finals of the weight divisions:

Koto Hiraoka (USA) vs Elena Vorobeva (Russia)

Ekaterina Provkova (Russia) vs Julie Lamarre (Canada)

The winner of those fights will fight of for the women’s grand champion later in the day!

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All American Open Draw and Streaming update

This years All American Open is shaping up to be a spectacular competition, with a very high calibre of fighters!

Top 4 seeds are:
Alejandro Navarro (Spain)
Goderzi Kapanadze (Russia)
Oleksandr Ieromenko (Ukraine)
Zahari Damyanov (Bulgaria)

I forgot to mention Oleksandr Ieromenko in my earlier post. He is one to watch in this event. He placed 7th at the World Tournament last year. With his impressive moving and technique Oleksandr has a strong chance in this years tournament!

Full Draw below (couresty of Nicolae Stoian):

2012 All American Karate Open Draw (click to enlarge)

Streaming will begin of the Kyokushin All American Karate Tournament at 10:00 EST and then again at 15:00 EST. I am presuming that the first rounds will be held in the morning, including womens and potentially kata as well, then a small break and then resuming at 15:00.

That means 1am Sunday morning Australia time (24/06) and then again at 6am Sunday morning Australia time (24/06).

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2012 All American Karate Open – Streamed Live!

This weekend will be the 2012 All American Open International Karate Championships. Top fighters from around the world have converged on New York for this now famous mid year event! Some of the fighters taking part are:

Zahari Damyanov – Defending All American Champion
Goderzi Kapanadze – 3rd, World Tournament 2011, 2nd, 2011 All American
Alejandro Navarro — 1st, 11th European Openweight Championships
Nicolae Stoian – 1st, 10th European Openweight Championships
Elena Vorobyeva – 1st, 2012 Women’s World Lightweight Champion

The Japanese have sent a strong team who only just completed 2 weeks ago in the All Japan Weight. They are fresh and ready to go!

Takaichi Onuma – 2012 All Japan Weight Lightweight 1st
Zenjuro Mori – 2012 All Japan Weight Middleweight 1st
Shouhei Kamada – 2012 All Japan Weight Heavyweight 2nd

The great news for Kyokushin fans from down under is that this event will be streamed live on the Kyokushin UStream channel! Fans

The event is scheduled for 23rd of June. Expecting to start around 10am New York Time. For Australia, this will be 1am on Sunday 24th.

Fans should be able to tune in around 11pm on Saturday night (Australian time) to the stream at and see all the action of the event!

We wish all the fighters the best and we are sure it will be a successful tournament for 2012!

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Sensei Garry O’Neill opens dojo in Brisbane

Log for Garry O'Neill Dojo Kyokushin Karate Brisbane

Great news for all Kyokushin students in Brisbane and Australia! Sensei Garry O’Neill, Australia’s best Kyokushin tournament fighters, has opened his own dojo in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It has been a long time coming, with Sensei Garry O’Neill last running the Kyokushin Brisbane dojo 8 years ago.

Sensei Garry has had well over 20 years training in Kyokushin, including years as an uchi deshi (live in student) here in Australia, and Japan. He also has been a honbu instructor whilst in Japan. Not to mention Sensei Garry Oneill’s tournament history, dominating in Australia, his battles in Japan with Kazumi Hajime, and additionally his 4th place in the World Tournament which is an open weight division tournament. With Garry only being a middleweight, this showed his amazing Kyokushin abilities.

Sensei Garry has returned to the Petrie Terrace location where he ran the Kyokushin Brisbane dojo through the early 2000s. It is a fantastic dojo and has been improved since it was last used for Kyokushin, so it is a fitting place for Sensei Garry to establish Kyokushin in Brisbane going forward.

More information can be found at the O’Neill Dojo’s website –

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Congratulations All Japan Weight winners!

Kyokushin Australia congratulates the winners of this year’s All Japan Weight Category Tournament in Osaka.

Additionally well done to all the Australian fighters who competed with strong heart in the tournament.

Please find results below:


1st: Onuma Takaichi

2nd: Kimura Naoya

3rd: Alexander Mikhaylov (Russia)

4th: Tanigawa Hiharu


1st: Mori Zenjyuro

2nd: Sawamura Yuuta

3rd: Takahashi Yuuta

4th: Takeoka Takuya

Light heavyweight

1st: Kobayashi Daiki

2nd: Kamada Shouhei

3rd: Murata Tatusya

4th: Higuchi Yoota

Super Heavyweight

1st: Arata Shouki

3rd: Sergei Uvitckii (Russia)

3rd: Araki Satoru

4th: Steven Cuijc (Australia)

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29th All Japan Weight Category Tournament (2012) draw Released

The 29th All Japan Weight category Kyokushin tournament is to be held on 9th and 10th of June in Osaka.

This year sees a strong Australian contingent competing in the tournament with 9 fighters in total. Perhaps the largest amount of fighters ever in the tournament from Australia showing that Australia is starting to strengthen in Kyokushin.

Steven Cujic – Sydney (but located in Tokyo/Honbu now), Carlos Castro – Brisbane/Sydney, Shaune O’Farrell – Brisbane,  Hyota Sugihara – Sydney, Anthony Tockar – Sydney, Jorge Ibacache – Sydney, Alexander Molev – Sydney, Reece Henderson – Sydney and Pawel Ginalski – Sydney.

In addition to Shihan Tockar’s support, his fighters will be also be supported by Sensei Garry O’Neill who has been working with them over the past few months and no doubt will helping them deal with fighting in this type of tournament.

The draw has been released via this month’s issue of World Karate Magazine and is available below (please note files are a little large sorry):

29th All Japan Weight Tournament Draw



Light Heavyweight

Super Heavyweight

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10th World Tournament Draw released

The 10th World Tournament draw has been released for the upcoming tournament in November 2011.

Top 16 Seeded fighters are as follows:

A Block
1. Kentaro Tanaka (Japan)
24. Igor Titkov (Russia)
25. Alejandro Navarro (Spain)
48. Goderzi Kapanadze (Russia)

B Block
49. Zahari Damyanov (Bulgaria)
72. Andrey Stepin (Russia)
73. Shouki Arata (Japan)
96. Tariel Nikoleishvili (Russia)

C Block
97. Zenjyuro Mori (Japan)
120. Darmen Sadvokasov
121. Lechi Kurbanov
144. Eduardo Tanaka (Brazil)

D Block
145. Makoto Taniguchi (Japan)
168. Mikhail Kozlov (Russia)
169. Daiki Kobayashi (Japan)
192. Ewerton Teixeira (Brazil)

The full draw is available via this link – 10th World Tournament Draw

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2011 All American Open wrap up

All American Open 2011

Congratulations to the winner of the 2011 All American Kyokushin Karate Tournament, Zahari Damyanov from Bulgaria!!

This year’s tournament was of a very high level with many top fighters participating as they prepare themselves for the 10th World Tournament later in the year. Fighters such as Eduardo Tanaka, Navarro, Murata were expected to get through to the top 8 but were shutout!

The upset of the tournament was Shouki Arata defeating Ewerton Teixeira in the quarter finals. Taking him to 3/2/2 and then getting the decision. Although it left Arata extremely damaged which lead to him being beaten by Damyanov in the semis and then by Kurbanov in the 3/4th place match. That was Teixeira’s first Kyokushin Tournament since the world tournament so now gives him something to think about leading up to the defence of his world tournament title in November.

Lechi Kurbanov was the strongest in the tameshiwari with a total break of 25 boards, although the heavyweight females were not that far behind!

With 3 Australian’s fighting in this year’s tournament it was our strongest appearence for some years with all fighters putting in a great effort.

Both Sempai Carlos and Shaune’s first round apponents made it through the final, highlighting the level of competition they faced in the first round!! Well done guys!

Sempai Steven Cujic from Sydney dojo made it through to the 3rd round but lost out to Shouki Arata and just missed his place in the top 8. And also not to mention Shihan Cujic who was in action at the tournament, judging the mens open.

Mens Open Results
1st. Zahari Damyanov (Bulgaria)
2nd. Goderzi Kapanadze (Russia)
3rd. Lechi Kurbanov (Russia)
4th. Shouki Arata (Japan)
5-8. Alexander Mikhaylov (Russia)
5-8. Mirel Jacob (Romania)
5-8. Daiki Kobayashi (Japan)
5-8. Ewerton Teixeira (Brazil)

Womens Results
Lightweight Winner – Elena Vorbieva (Russia)
Middleweight winner – Julie Lamarre (Cananda)
Heavyweight winner – Anna Kaczynska (Poland)
Yokuzuna – Elena Vorbieva (Russia)

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All Japan Weight Category winners

Today saw the completion of the All Japan Weight tournament with the top 2 in each division qualifying for the 10th World Tournament (IKO1).

Congratulations to all the fighters!

Lighweight 1st:Sawamura Yuuta
Lightweight 2nd: Aizawa Kazumasa
Middleweight 1st: Takeoka Takuya
Middlewieght 2nd: Onuma Takakazu
Light Heavyweight 1st: Yasujima Kyouhei
Light Heavyweight 2nd: Matsuoka
Heavyweight 1st: Taniguchi Makoto
Heavyweight 2nd: Kishita

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42nd All Japan Results

The 42nd All Japan Open Karate Tournament ended today with victory going to Tariel Nikoleishvili of Russia. A major upset to Japanese Kyokushin with Tariel being the first ever foreigner to take victory in the All Japan open weight tournament!

2010 42nd All Japan Open Kyokushin

It was another great tournament with extremely high quality fighters seeing the top 8 fighters gaining qualification to the 10th World Tournament to be held in Japan next year.

The level of fighting through the quarter finals was fantastic with most needing several extensions to decide on a winner, leaving the fighters completely exhausted and then having to backup for the semi finals within a very short period, showing their true Kyokushin spirit!

Seidokaikan’s Sawada made his way through to the semi finals but was stopped by the almost 20kg lighter Mori Zenjyuro who was too fit for Sawada and was able to get into his rythm early and proved more agressive through the first round ending in 5-0 to Mori.

The second semifinal saw Russia’s Tariel Nikoleishvili against Kentaro Tanaka. Tariel had fought very strong during the last two days and put in an amazing effort against Tanaka with the first round a draw and the second round going 2-0 to Tanaka with the centre judge giving it a hikiwake, perhaps making up for Kentaro’s previous fight against Lechi. However the 2nd extension was also a draw and going to tameshiwari Tareil won 22-15. A major upset defeat for Tanaka who was last year’s champion and the hope of Japan for this tournament and next year’s world tournament.

The third place battle was quick affair between Tanaka and Sawada with Tanaka winning with strong leg kicks via ippon.

The final bout was the match up of Japan’s Mori Zenjyuro and Russia’s Tariel Nikoleishvili. The crowd was in anticipation of a great final all backing Mori however with strong leg kicks, Tariel was able to get Mori on the back foot at was able to soundly defeat him within the first round thus crowning Tariel as this year’s All Japan Open Karate Tournament Winner.

This year saw 6 out of the top 8 fighters from Japan with several foreign fighters coming very close to the top 8. Zahari Damyanov (Bulgaria), Darmen Sadvokasov (Russia) and Steven Cujic (Australia) all made it through to the top 16. Damyanov was unlucky to lose after 2 extensions – the first being 2-0 to Damyanov but the centre referee requesting another round in which Japanese fighter, Arata was able to over power Damyanov. Darmen was also unlucky to loose out after an accidental elbow to Koyayashi’s head leading to Gentan-ichi even though Darmen would have been victorious.

Top 8
1. #80 Tariel Nikoleishvili (Russia)
2. #64 Mori Zenjyuro
3. #128 Tanaka Kentaro
4. #32 Sawada Hideo (Seidokaikan)
#16 Kamada Shohei
#48 Arata Syoki
#81 Kobayashi Daiki
#104 Lechi Kurbanov (Chechnya)

Congratulations from Kyokushin Australia to the winner, Tariel Nikoleishvili, and the other 127 fighters who took part in this years All Japan Open Karate Tournament!!

Australia’s Shihan Nik Cujic and Shihan Trevor Tockar were at the event – pictured here with Shihan Kenny and Shihan Corrigal

Kyokushin Branch Cheifs

Australia’s Sempai Steven Cujic’s Results

Sempai Steven faced off with Matsumura in the 3rd round and as expected it was a tough battle. Both with high energy first round ending in a draw. The second round saw Steven take the advantage with faster techniques however was unable to secure the round with it ending in another draw. On the second extension Matusumura tired while Steven kept up the pace leading to a 4-0 win to Sempai Steven advancing him to the top 16!

Then his battle was to get through to the top 8 which would secure a place in next year’s World Tournament. He was due to fight either Murata or Lechi and unfortunatly for Steven it was to be Lechi as he overcome Murata easily within one round. Sempai Steven fought strongly with beautiful exchange of blows with Lechi but as Steven had taken significant leg damage in the battle against Matsumura, Lechi was eventually able to gain an ippon victory with a precise low lick.

Congratulations Sempai Steven on making though to the Top 16 of the 42nd All Japan – once again making Australia proud! Look out everyone next year though as Sempai Steven continues to improve and no doubt will be very dangerous come the South Pacific qualifiers and then the World Tournament!

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