Kyokushin World Tournament Open

World Open Karate Championship is the largest competition in Kyokushin Karate. This tournament is arranged every fourth year in Tokyo.

RulesEdit

All world open tournaments operate under knockdown karate rules which involve standup bareknuckle fighting with basically no protection. The more characteristical rules in knockdown karate compared to other styles are that you are not allowed to punch in the face and a point system that only counts hits that actually "hurt" the opponent. This makes knockdown fighting very physical but at the same time quite safe considering that there are very few hits to the head. There can be slight variances in the rules between the different organizations responsible for a tournaments although the basics are the same. The rules have also been modified over the years.[1][2][3]

Normally knockdown rules include:

  • No protectors or guards are used, with the exception of groin guards and protection of the teeth.
  • 3 minutes match time
  • The fighter that achieves an Ippon (one point) will win the match and the fight is stopped. An Ippon is achieved when an attack either knocks down the opponent for more than 3 seconds or renders the opponent reluctant to continue the fight. An ippon can also be granted if an illegal technique is used or the other fighter is disqualified.
  • A fighter can also win the fight by Waza-ari (half point) which is awarded if the opponent is knocked down for less than 3 seconds and is able to continue the fight. If two Waza-aris are achieved during the fight by the same fighter it is counted as an Ippon and the fight is stopped.
  • If no knockdowns occur, the judges can declare one fighter as the winner by overall efficiency of techniques, force and spirit.
  • In case of a draw there can be a maximum of 3 extensions (each 2 minutes long). Some tournaments will also settle draws by weight difference and the result of Tamaeshiwari (breaking of tiles)


Illegal techniques are

  • Punches to the face
  • Kicks to the groin
  • Grappling, grabbing of any form
  • Headbutts
  • Kick to knee
  • Kick to rear of head
  • Pushing
  • Strike to spine from rear
  • Elbow to face

Read more about various full contact karate rules

ResultsEdit

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Before split of IKOEdit

Between 1975-1991 the World Open Tournament was organized by IKO (International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan) led by Masutatsu Oyama. The event was held five times:

  • 1st World Open Tournament (1-3 November 1975) with 128 competitors from 32 Countries
  • 2nd World Open Tournament (23-25 November 1979) with 187 competitors from 62 Countries
  • 3rd World Open Tournament (20-22 January 1984) with 192 competitors from 60 Countries
  • 4th World Open Tournament (6-8 November 1987) with 207 competitors from 77 Countries
  • 5th World Open Tournament (2-4 November 1991) with 250 competitors from 105 Countries
Place 1st World Open 2nd World Open 3rd World Open 4th World Open 5th World Open
1 Katsuaki Sato   Makoto Nakamura  Makoto Nakamura   Akiyoshi Matsui  Kenji Midori 
2 Hatsuo Royama   Keiji Sanpei   Keiji Sanpei   Andy Hug  Akira Masuda  
3 Joko Nimoniya   Willie Williams  Akiyoshi Matsui  Akira Masuda  Hiroki Kurosawa 
4 Daigo Oishi   Takashi Azuma  Ademir Da Costa  Michael Thompson   Jean Riviere 
5 Toshikazu Sato   Howard Collins  Yasuto Onishi  Ademir Da Costa   Kenji Yamaki  
6 Takashi Azuma   Bernard Creton  Nicholas Da Costa  Hiroki Kurosawa  Yutaka Ishii 
7 Charles W. Martin   Ceno Maxer   Keizo Tahara   Yasuhiro Shichinohe   Yasuhiro Shichinohe  
8 Frank Clark   Koichi Kawabata   Dave Greaves   Nicholas Da Costa   Johnny Kleyn  

After the death of Masutatsu Oyama, the founder of Kyokushin Karate, in 1994, IKO split in up in several fractions. The World Open Tournament has continued to be held but organised in parallel by several organizations.

IKO1 (Matsui branch)Edit

From 1995, the World Open Tournament has been organized by IKO1[5] led by Shokei Matsui.

  • 6th World Open Tournament IKO1 (3-5 November 1995) with 168 competitors from 85 Countries
  • 7th World Open Tournament IKO1 (5-7 November 1999) with 192 competitors from 86 Countries
  • 8th World Open Tournament IKO1 (1-3 November 2003) with 240 competitors from 63 Countries
  • 9th World Open Tournament IKO1 (16-18 November 2007) with 192 competitors from 65 Countries
  • 10th World Open Tournament IKO1 (4-6 November 2011) with 192 competitors from 43 Countries
  • 11th World Open Tournament IKO1 (20-22 November 2015) with 192 competitors from 46 Countries
  • 12th World Open Tournament IKO1 (22-24 November 2019) with 164 competitors from 38 Countries
Place 6th World Open 7th World Open 8th World Open 9th World Open 10th World Open 11th World Open 12th World Open
1 Kenji Yamaki   Francisco Filho   Hitoshi Kiyama   Ewerton Teixeira   Tariel Nikoleishvili   Zahari Damyanov   Mikio Ueda  
2 Hajime Kazumi   Hajime Kazumi   Sergey Plekhanov   Jan Soukup   Ewerton Teixeira   Djema Belkhodja   Aleksandr Eremenko  
3 Francisco Filho   Alexander Pichkunov   Ewerton Teixeira   Artur Oganasian   Goderzi Kapanadze   Darmen Sadvokasov   Andrei Luzin  
4 Garry O'Neill   Glaube Feitosa   Glaube Feitosa   Darmen Sadvokasov   Makoto Akaishi   Kiril Kochnev   Yuta Takahashi  
5 Nicholas Pettas   Nicholas Pettas   Lechi Kurbanov   Andrey Stepin   Zahari Damyanov   Ashot Zarinyan   Konstantin Kovalenko  
6 Hiroki Kurosawa   Yasuhiro Kimura   Yasuhiro Kimura   Alejandro Navarro   Nikolai Davydov   Mikio Ueda   Ryunosuke Hoshi  
7 Luciano Basile   Ryuta Noji   Sergey Osipov   Eduardo Tanaka   Alexander Yeremenko   Ivan Mezentsev   Igor Zagainov  
8 Glaube Feitosa   Ryu Narushima   Hiroyuki Kidachi   Tatsuya Murata   Ilya Karpenko   Shoki Arata   Shoki Arata  

WKO (Shinkyokushinkai)Edit

From 1996, the World Open Tournament has also been organized by WKO (World Karate Organization Shinkyokushinkai)[6] led by Kenji Midori.

  • 6th World Open Tournament WKO (February 1996) with 172 competitors
  • 7th World Open Tournament WKO (5-6 December 1999) with 128 competitors from 53 countries
  • 8th World Open Tournament WKO (4-5 October 2003) with 128 competitors from 63 countries
  • 9th World Open Tournament WKO (13-14 October 2007) with 128 competitors
  • 10th World Open Tournament WKO (4-6 November 2011) with 129 competitors from 52 countries
  • 11th World Open Tournament WKO (31 October - 1 November 2015) with 164 competitors from 60 countries
  • 12th World Open Tournament WKO (9-10 November 2019) with 161 competitors from 71 countries
Place 6th World Open 7th World Open 8th World Open 9th World Open 10th World Open 11th World Open 12th World Open
1 Norichika Tsukamoto   Toru Okamoto   Kunihiro Suzuki   Takayuki Tsukagoshi   Norichika Tsukamoto   Yuji Shimamoto   Yuji Shimamoto  
2 Kunihiro Suzuki   Muzaffer Bacak   Yuichiro Osaka   Donatas Imbras   Tsutomo Muruyama   Kembu Iriki   Maciej Mazur  
3 Kou Tanigawa   Sotoshi Niiho   Takayuki Tsukakoshi   Valeri Dimitrov   Roman Nesterenko   Lukas Kubilius   Daiko Kato  
4 Tsuyoshi Murase   Kouji Abiko   Valeri Dimitrov   Roman Nesterenko   Lukas Kubilius   Shota Maeda  Valeri Dimitrov  
5 Akira Masuda   Kunihiro Suzuki  Francisco Jose Carpena   Maxim Shevchenko   Brian Jakobsen   Kazufumi Shimamoto   Kosei Ochiai 
6 Hiroyuki Miake   Tadashi Ishihara   Muzaffer Bacak   Darius Gudauskas   Andrey Materov   Nazar Nasirov   Eventas Guzauskas  
7 Toru Okamoto   Yuichiro Osaka   Norichika Tsukamoto   Norichika Tsukamoto   Yuji Shimamoto  Edgard Sečinski   Yuto Eguchi 
8 Kouji Abiko   Viktor Karasyuk   Daniel Torok   Denis Grigoriev   Yevgeniy Andrushko   Maciej Mazur   Ilya Yakovlev  

IKO3 (Matsushima branch)Edit

From 2000, the World Open Tournament has also been organized by IKO3[7] led by Yoshikazu Matsushima.

  • 6th World Open Tournament IKO3 - Not held, info needed?
  • 7th World Open Tournament IKO3 (25-26 November 2000, Tokyo, Japan)
  • 8th World Open Tournament IKO3 (27-28 November 2004, Isesaki City, Japan)
  • 9th World Open Tournament IKO3 (29-30 November 2008, Isesaki City, Japan)
  • 10th World Open Tournament IKO3 (23-24 June 2012, Tokyo, Japan)
  • 11th World Open Tournament IKO3 (26-27 November 2016, Maebashi, Japan)
  • 12th World Open Tournament IKO3 - to be held
Place 6th World Open 7th World Open 8th World Open 9th World Open 10th World Open 11th World Open 12th World Open
1 ? Thorsten Domke   Hadi Azikhani   Anzor Shikhabakhov   Artur Tilov   Ali Orace  
2 ? Bela Haszmann   Hassan Nazemi   Issa Parvari   Farzad Heidarinaghdali   Sajjad Mohajeri  
3 ? Raoul Strikker   Arash Sharifi   Sajad Heidari  Aleksander Karshigeev   Denis Morozevich  
4 ? Igor Struikhim   Haidar Mohammed   Sergey Doronin   Aleksander Ibragimov   Mehrdad Ramzani  
5 ? Alexander Sitnikov   Andrey Noskov   Rasim Samedov   Amin Azimi   Mdliduzi Mseleku
6 ? Diego Beltran   Anatoly Boronnikov   Saeid Sefari   Naser Karami   Denys Maxymov  
7 ? Yevgeny Pechenin   Eissa Oghani   Gia Gvenetadze   Sajjad Heidarinaghdali  Thondwaylakosi Ndlovu
8 ? Kiko Muira  Alexander Ibragimov   Laszlo Hacsko   Amir Reza Moradian   Reza Goodary  

Kyokushin Union (Rengokai)Edit

From 2004, the World Open Tournament has also been organized by All Japan Kyokushin Union (Kyokushin Rengōkai)[8] led by Yasuhiro Shichinohe.

  • 1st World Open Tournament Rengōkai (18 January 2004, Shizuoka, Japan)
  • 2nd World Open Tournament Rengōkai (19 - 20 January, Japan, 2008) - held in weight categories
  • 3rd World Open Tournament Rengōkai (10-11 November, Toyama, Japan, 2012)
  • 4th World Open Tournament Rengōkai (20-21 January, Toyama, Japan, 2017)

They decided though to renumber the event starting with World Open Tournament 1. Also note that the second event in 2008 was organized in weight categories and is therefore not presented here.[9]

Place 1st World Open 2nd World Open 3rd World Open 4th World Open
1 Masaake Shimajiri   several Takuma Koketsu   Yuya Nagata  
2 Anzor Shikhabakhov   several Jonathan Tineo   Timur Raiymbekov  
3 Alexander Ibragiumov   several Kevin Wiklund   Yudai Ishimine  
4 Jiri Onoue   several Yuhei Ashitaka   Shi Shigematsu  
5 Hiroshi Sugiyama   several Akihito Teruya   Yasumichi Kikuyama  
6 Yasumichi Kikuyama   several Jonathan Redondo   Akihito Teruya  
7 Takeshi Miyagi   several Masaru Sato   Kim Jong Kil  
8 Timofei Tsyganov   several Syota Yamaguchi   Yuhei Ashitaka  

So-Kyokushin (Ohishi branch)Edit

Results to be added

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.sokyokushin.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/KyokushinCup2015UK.pdf
  2. ^ "COMPETITION RULES for the 11th World Karate Championship". 22 October 2015.
  3. ^ https://kyokushinspace.com/revision-of-kumite-competition-rules-iko/
  4. ^ http://www.kyokushinresults.com
  5. ^ "IKO Kyokushinkaikan". www.kyokushinkaikan.org.
  6. ^ "World Karate Organization | World Karate Organization official site". www.wko.or.jp.
  7. ^ "[Iko Matsushima] International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan".
  8. ^ "連合会とは丨一般社団法人 国際空手道連盟 極真会館".
  9. ^ "1st Rengokai World Tournament".