Kancho Ashihara was born on December 5, 1944, near Hiroshima. Kancho rose to his grandparents in a small village called Namicho. As a child, was an energetic spirit and was often involved in fights. He came first in contact with Budo when he began practicing Kendo at the age of 10 years, in order to consume energy.
In 1960, when Kancho was 15 years, moved to Tokyo and started working at an oil station. He worked here for six years. In September 1961 came the first time in a karate club, the club Master Oyama. Here he saw karate practitioners by training and fighting is between them in a harsh and realistic, which he liked immediately.
Kancho has trained extensively and participated in each training session. Stubbornness and perseverance has made possible to obtain a black belt on March 26, 1964. He was then 19 years and one of the dojo could not win the kumite.
In 1966 Kancho has been instructor at the Kyokushin Karate Honbu Dojo. He had a good benefit and it was decided that Kancho have the honor to travel to Brazil to teach and spread Kay Kyokushin Karate. What was dreamed of for years. Unfortunately it wasn be. Kancho was involved in a brawl and beat five people attacked him on the street. Police investigated the incident was reported and all the Kyokushin Honbu Dojo. Kancho was suspended from all training. After two months of suspension was pardoned and sent to Nomura, Shikaku island in southern Japan.
After three months he was recalled to Tokyo and received a new chance to travel to Brazil. This time he refused. He wanted to return to Nomura and to continue the work begun here. This was accepted and his reputation as a fighter and instructor Kancho started to grow in that part of Japan.
Nomura soon became too small and Kancho Ashihara moved to neighboring Yowatahama. He quickly established one of the biggest clubs in Japan Kyokushin and expanded activity in two other nearby cities, Uwa and Uwajima.
During this period he developed the concept Kancho Sabaki.
They made three main points of Ashihara Karate. Preparation and use of the four positions represented by the circular symbol of Ashihara Karate became the first point. The importance of timing and evaluation of distance (I have) became the second point. The third point is the position to be maintained at all times, in any event to have maximum mobility.
Kyokushin Kancho group to split off, going on his way to find a better and more accessible karate. He opened a new hall and the city of Matsuyama and Ashihara Karate became quickly known here. Kancho started to train police and opened clubs in universities in the area. Clubs have been developed in Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Shiga and other places. In March 1978 began construction dojo in Matsuyama and Kancho has moved here. In 1979 construction was completed and in 1980 it is NIKO Ashihara Honbu Dojo of Karate.
Style fame continued to grow and expand worldwide. Kancho Hideyuki Ashihara died on 25 aprile 1995, leaving behind him a unique style and efficiency and rationality to an organization with branches worldwide.
Ashihara Karate Specifics
Ashihara Karate use a scientific logic, a rationality based on the exclusion of all things natural and unnecessary. Karate’s traditional emphasis on techniques or soft, mild, or solely on force. In today’s society requires a more realistic form of karate, one in which the speed, strength, intelligence and strategy are all included.
Ashihara Karate also seek to provide practitioners with a safe environment in which to progress. To achieve this must be offered places where practitioners can enjoy the workout and can improve the technique without injury. Ashihara Karate has met and always tries to fulfill this requirement, ensuring always a real battlefield. In short, is the most realistic style of karate, teaches the practitioner how to avoid being hit by enemy and how to control and limit its movements in a more advantageous and efficient.
Ashihara Karate instructors try to create flexible. When you train, there are different ways to do this, depending on age and physical condition. Not all practitioners will become professionals, so it is important that the teacher should not ever forget to be flexible.
Ashihara Karate should be fun! Kancho itself said that. You have to give the practitioner an incentive to become better, stronger, smarter. The idea to maintain this attitude, we must strive to keep workouts fun, so even if some practitioners are hitting a wall and feel unable to continue, they strive to overcome that barrier and become the best .
Do not be satisfied with present conditions, but always cherish the desire to find a karate even more logical and more realistic, always take a step further. This is a summary of what Ashihara Karate plans.
Ashihara Karate style can be characterized by movement in circles.
Ashihara Karate symbol illustrates the principles of efficient human body movements. The human body has a natural inclination to move in circles and in three dimensions, which represents the movement of a sphere.
Circular movements do not involve meeting the opponent side, but rotate around it, staying near him or behind him, diverting attacks and transforming us into a difficult target.
Hit without being hit! In an attempt to achieve maximum performance of the human body, the chances of being hurt are very low and the probability of a victory is very high.
This is the philosophy of Ashihara Fighting Karate.