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    Okay, because Masamitsu Kudaka / Hisataka is also claiming to be World Champion from the same 1989 tournament, which didn't happen. So did they both make the same mistake?
    Anyway, I was recently talking to the Koshiki referee from the 1987 tournament, who recalls Scott Brown being absolutely pummelled in the 1st round by "Mike Awad", Grant got the spelling wrong there too. And that the Koshiki divisions were a very small group.
    First place was Michel Laurin, 2nd place was Raynald Campbell

    With regards to all references to AKKF, unless there is another AKKF organisation I am unaware of, I believe that Hanshi Pat McKean is and always has been the main Director and shareholder. Any tournaments claiming to be AKKF sanctioned might be in breach of using this name without his permission.

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    Not much is know about Masamitsu Hisataka/Kudaka’s tournament record and I'd assume Masamitsu would have been a very young boy back in 1989. This forum subject takes an interest in all matters of fact regarding Koshiki history in Australia and its pioneers, noteworthy Champions, administration officials and competitors. Either way a mistake occurred with the date, and mistakes will happen on occasions.

    The report received stated Scott Brown lost by 1 or 2 wazari’s and recalls the reverse punch to his jaw (pummelled) from his opponent Mike Award, and he had a sore jaw for several months after the tournament. Perhaps you should ask Pat McKean about the match as he was coaching Scott Brown from the side line to execute a foot sweep/lunge punch which proved to be successful.

    Grant stated in a previous post, “Scott Brown would never claim to be the best fighter of his time, although I firmly believe, among the Karate proponents he was among the best. In fact, one of the moments in which he was guiding me before one of many competitions, he admitted to me that he used to experience so much nervousness before fighting, that he once threw up inside of his own helmet (men). It was insights like these where he would be bridge the gap between Master and student and was able to strongly identify with the emotions and feelings of his students like not many other teachers could.”

    So it is a fact the Australians/Team lost at this 1987 tournament, and yes the Canadians were nearly unbeatable in the early years. None of the Australian Team including Phil Hooper, Scott Brown, Chris Kleise, Pat McKean and a few others won any world title in 1987 USA Koshiki Tournament (30 competitors from USA, Canada, Australia, Japan).

    As stated by Australian Koshiki pioneer Kyoshi Jim Griffin, AKA is still the only incorporated Koshiki association in Australia. Agreed there are many karate groups in Australia using anzen bogu and koshiki rules in their competition system, however these groups are not members of the Australian Koshiki Association.

    Perhaps Nigel McReaddie can assist your inquiry regarding AKKF as Nigel has had a close relationship with Masayuki Hisataka & has been the leader of Koshiki in Australia for some years along with his associates Nick King (Jinryukan), Andrew Riley (Kenkokan) & Clint Chaffey (Shoreikan).

    My colleague & I are hoping to attend the Brisbane Koshiki tournament on 1st and 2nd of June at New Farm State school and make a report of the competition for this forum. Apparently it is shaping up to be a classic battle between NSW and QLD like the early days of AKA led by Team Captains Scott Brown & Phil Hooper under the leadership of Lori Vanniekerk. Good luck to all competitors, Referee’s and Judges!
    Matt White

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    Some wonderful news just arrived. Jim Griffin from Queensland was promoted to 8th Dan and Leslie Griffin to 7th Dan on the 18th May 2019 by Hanshi Myron M. Lubitsch of the USA. Both Jim & Leslie were heavily involved in AKA (Koshiki) in Australia from its inception. Myron Hanshi run a large Shorinjiryu Karatedo dojo in New York USA. Jim is considered a pioneer of Koshiki in Australia under its founder Lori Vanniekerk. Jim in conjunction with Max Estens head the Shorinjiryu Koshinkai Karate/Anzen Bogu in Australia. Congratulations Jim & Leslie. Shorinjiryu/Koshiki at its best.
    Matt White

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