Ashihara, Hideyuki (1944 - 1995)
Hideyuki Ashihara (Ashiwara), the founder of Ashihara Fighting Karate,
was born on December 5, 1944, in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. Since opening
his first karate school in Yawatahama, a small seaside village in Ehime
Prefecture, in 1965, he has devoted himself to the pursuit of the most
rational, logical karate techniques.
As a Shihan in Kyokushin Karate, his ability to avoid an attack by moving
to the opponent's back or blind side made him one of the most sought after
teachers. This combination of defense and offense into one which he would
later dub Sabaki is demonstrated by him in the movie "The Strongest
Karate," which was made in 1976, as well as "The Godhand,"
the documentary about the 2nd World Championships. In 1977, his student
Takao Nakayama came in second in the All Japan Championships. A year later,
Joko Ninomiya, who placed third in the 1st World Championships, won the
10th All Japan. This established Ashihara even more and gave further rise
to the development of Sabaki. In 1979, prior to the 2nd World Championships,
he left the Kyokushinkai (or according to Kyokushin, he was expelled).
In 1980, he founded the New International Karate Organisation - Ashihara
School of which, until his untimely passing on 24 April 1995, he was the
Kancho (Headmaster). This school, at the time, grew into one of Japan's
largest with member dojos spread throughout the world. His karate has
been acclaimed as the most practical. He has taught at a Japanese Police
Academy and developed some Japanese karate champions.
Reproduced with permission of Hoosain Narker Shihan, Ashihara Karate
International from his website: http://ftp.iafrica.com/a/as/ashihara (Edited
for punctuation and clarity)