This week in history (20 July – 26 July)

20 July

On 20 July 1957, the first public demonstration of Karate in Britain was given by the British Karate Federation (BKF) at Valentines Park, Ilford. The demonstration was led by Vernon Bell.

21 July

On 21 July 2010, the Karate world was shocked to hear of the death of Pauline Bindra from a brain aneurysm. She was survived by her husband Lee and their three children Danny, Elida and Jason.

22 July

On 22 July 1943, Sadashige Kato, among the first JKA instructors to reside and teach in the UK, was born in Kochi, Japan.

Known as a great technician and teacher, Kato originally arrived in the UK to assist Keinosuke Enoeda.

On 22 July 1967, the 1st KUGB Championships took place at the Alexandra Palace in London. Jack Green won the individual kumite title, with Andy Sherry winning the individual kata title, performing the kata Empi. Liverpool Red Triangle won the first of its five consecutive team kumite titles. The team consisted of Sherry, Allan Smith, Bob Poynton, John Ashton and Terry O’Neill.

23 July

On 23 July 2011, Kyokushin Karate legend, Steve Arneil, was awarded his 10th Dan.

Arneil was the first man after Kyokushin Karate founder Mas Oyama, to complete the gruelling 100-Man Kumite Challenge.

25 July

On 25 July 1981, the 1st World Games began at Santa Clara, California. The games took place between 25 July to 3 August.

Yukiyoshi Marutani defeated teammate, Seiji Nishimura, to win the bronze medal in the Individual Kumite 65-70 kg event. Cecil Hackett of Britain defeated Bernard Bilicki of France to win the title.

In the -80 kg kumite event, Tokey Hill won a bronze medal.

Author: Patrick Donkor

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