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The 5th I.K.O.MATSUSHIMA World Open Kyokushin Karate Tournament was held on 26,27th November at Maebashi,Gumma Japan

On 26th,27th Nov.2016 only once every four years, the 5th I.K.O.MATSUSHIMA World Open Kyokushin Karate Tournament and the 5th I.K.O.MATSUSHIMA World Open Women Weight Kyokushin Karate Tournament were successfully held at Yamato Citizen Gymnasium Maebashi in Gumma Pref. These events were supported by Maebashi Sport Commission.

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And Gunma-cyan livened the events up. And also the demonstration of Wadaiko and food shops introduced Japanese culture.
President Matsushima speeched “The objective is to contribute to society and cultivate youth through the Kyokushin Karate. Through our operation we will deepen international communication and ties,and contribute to world peace through the promotion of mutual understanding and friendship regardless of race,religion or beliefs. Our purpose is to seek for dignified Budo Karate Spirit.”’
In between the fighting matches, there were demonstrations by children,females,black belts with Kata, “Kama-Nuncyaku,Nuncyakyu,Tonfa,Earthen pipe ,Baseball bats and Ice etc” which were deeply impressed by the whole audience.

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Hidetoshi Hayashi represents an oath of fighters spirit to start the tournament.

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It’s biggest World Tournament until then and almost 700 foreigners participated.

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At former tournaments only Iran and Russia made impression their strength. Now there is no gap between other countries. Specially South Africa,China,Chile and Iraq’s fighters played active parts.

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