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Toshihito Kokubun - Karate Life full of Achievements

30/10 2015


Karate Live brings you interview with worldwide wellknown Karate Fighter Toshihito Kokubun. During his competitive career Sensei Toshihito Kokubun participated in many Karate Championships with a great success and currently he is leader of international Karate Seminar around the world. 

Main Results:

1994: All Japan Karate Championships (JKF) 1st Place

1994: Asian Games, 80 Kg category (AKF) 1st Place

1996: All Japan Karate Championships (JKF) 1st Place

1997: World Games, 80 Kg category in Lahti, Finland (WKF) 1st Place

1997: All Japan Karate Association All Japan Tournament (JKA) 1st Place

1998: World Karate Championships in Paris / France (JKA) 1st Place

2000: All Japan Karate Association All Japan Kumite Tournament (JKA) 1st Place

2000: World Karate Championships in Tokyo, Japan (JKA) 1st Place

2003: All Japan Jitsugyoudan (Company) Championships (JKF) 1st Place

What does karate mean to you?
It is a life's work for me. There are activities that convey karate fun, the fun in karate among the enthusiasts. It is easy to understand as much as possible, we try to convey as motion points.

Can you please tell us about your beginnings in karate?
I began with karate at the age of 15. That's because I wanted to be strong. There was some older group of the junior high school students against me at that time. So I began to practise karate when I became a high school student.

How many hours a day do you practise karate?
During competitive era it was from four to six hours a day, basic and form, Kumite, physical exercise and mental training. Nowdays it is from about 2 to 3 hours.

You competed at lot of championships with a great success. How important are the medals for you?
During competitive era I had to practice in order to win. But to win the match it is not all for me. I want to have real strength. Therefore, mental, technical, we aim to gain of as physical, social existence.

During your kumite career which match has the major impact on you?
The match that has major impact on my life, there are the Asian Olympic Games. Social awareness is large, the wake of my social life is now largely opened up.

What is your favourite karate technique?
While defending myself, such as tricks to win the opponent. Unusual from throwing techniques. Reverse thrust to attack enters the opponent's blind spot. In addition, it is technology that win the Maai with the other party.

What is your favourite kata and why?
I mainly learned the Shotokan school, but I also like Niseshi of Kururunfa, Hwado flow of logging and Goju flow of Shitō-ryū. Shoto is the museum in case of Enpi and Kankudai. Because it is good to learn, how to use the Unashi and body.

We watched some of your great kumite matches. It looks absolutely dangerous! Have you ever suffered under any injury from competitions?
Because of my style, I set up in the front of the right hand, often took outside the person to set up in front of the left hand, there was no failure, so I did not receive much decent an opponent attack.

Did you also fight without some kind of protectors ( gloves,..) at some competitions?
Tournaments of JKA were dangerous without gloves. At former WKF tournaments defence was important, because the gloves were thin.

Can you tell something to young competitors, who have been preparing for their first international competition?
Perform properly all ready to win, during the match be focused to demonstrate that it has come to practice.

Which cuisine do you prefer? What is your favourite meal?
I like the cuisine, which use seasonal vegetables and fruits.

What are your leisure time activities?
Reading and driving. To spend the time with family and friends.

What are your current activities in karate?
To increase the karate techniques themselves, systematization of karate technology progress theory. To convey the joy and fun of Karate among karate lovers of the world.

Can you please tell us about your future plans? Will you lead any karate seminar in the near future?
In 2015 I will lead a seminar at the end of October in Romania. In Argentina at the end of November, in Germany in mid-December. In 2016 it is still undecided, I'm going to do about 3 - 4 times seminar stages.

What is your life motto?
楽しく面白く礼儀正しく.
Fun, interesting, polite.

Can you tell us some Japanese proverb that you like?
苦あれば楽あり(ノーペインノーゲイン).
As long bitter, than comfortably (No pane, no gain).

Karate Seminar with Sensei Toshihito Kokubun in Germany with German friend

 

 Japanese version of the interview 

空手はあなたに何を意味するのでしょうか?

私にとってライフワークです。私は空手の楽しさ、面白さを空手愛好家に伝える活動をしています。出来るだけ分かりやすく、動きのポイント伝える様に心掛けています。

あなたが空手での始まりについて教えてください。

私は15歳から空手を始めました。それは強くなりたかったからです。私は中学生の時に年上のグループから嫌がらせを受けました。それで私は高校生になり空手を始めました。


どのくらいの期間は、空手の練習をしますか?

選手時代は1日4時間から6時間程度、基本や形、組手、フィジカルトレーニング、メンタルトレーニングなどを行っていました。今は2時間から3時間程度です。


あなたは選手権の多くで競いました。どのメダルはあなたのための最も貴重なのですか?

選手時代は優勝する為に練習していました。。しかし私にとって試合に勝つことにが全てではありません。本当の強さを身に付けたいのです。その為に、精神的、技術的、肉体的、社会的な存在としての高みを目指しています。


あなたは組手のキャリアからの任意の組手の試合を言及し、それについての詳細を教えてください。

私の人生に大きな影響を与えた試合はアジアオリンピック大会です。社会的認知度が大きく、私の社会的な人生を大きく切り開く切っ掛けになりました。


あなたの好きな空手の技術とは何ですか?

自分自身を守りつつ相手を制する様な技が好きです。投げ技からの極め。相手の死角に入り攻撃する逆突き。また相手との間合いを制する技術です。


お気に入りのカタ​​とその理由は何ですか?

私の主に学んだ流派は松濤館ですが糸東流のバッサイや剛柔流のクルルンファや和道流のニーセーシも好きです。松濤館ならエンピとカンクウダイです。運足と体の使い方を学ぶのに良いからです.

私たちはあなたの素晴らしい組手の試合のいくつかを見ました。それは絶対に危険になります!あなたは今までの大会からの傷害の下で苦しんだことがありますか?

私は右手を前にして構えるスタイルなので左手を前に構える相手の外を取る事が多く、相手の攻撃をまともに受ける事があまりなかったので障害はありません。


あなたはまた、いくつかの大会で(..、手袋など)プロテクタのいくつかの種類せずに戦うましたか?

JKAの大会はグローブ無しの危険な大会でした。WKFも昔はグローブが薄かったのでディフェンスが大切でした。


あなたは彼らの最初の国際的な競争のために準備された若い競争相手に何かを伝えることはできますか?

競技は勝つ為にあらゆる準備を適切に行い、試合では練習して来たことを発揮する事に集中すべき。


あなたはどちらの料理を好むのですか?あなたの好きな食事は何ですか?

旬の野菜と果物を使った料理が好きです。

あなたの余暇活動は何ですか?

読書とドライブ。後は家族や友人と過ごす。

空手であなたの現在の活動は何ですか?

自分自身の空手技術を高めることと、空手技術上達理論の体系化。世界の空手愛好家に空手の楽しさと面白さを伝えること。


あなたの将来の計画について教えてください。あなたは近い将来に任意の空手セミナーをリードするのだろうか?

2015年は10月末にルーマニアでセミナーをします。11月末にアルゼンチン、12月中旬にドイツで行います。2016年は未だ未定ですが3ー4回程度行うつもりです。

あなたの人生のモットーは何ですか?

楽しく面白く礼儀正しく

あなたは私たちにあなたが好きないくつかの日本の諺に言うことはできますか?

苦あれば楽あり(ノーペインノーゲイン)

 

Thank you very much for the interview. We wish you all the best in the future. Karate Live

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