Japanese competitors scooped the placings, finishing first and second, in the first kyokushin karate championships which finished in Tokyo on Sunday (2 November).
GV Participants ready to break wood planks
SV AND CU Wood being broken by karate experts (3 shots)
GV Colling of UK (No.94) fighting williams of US (No.89)
GV Crowd watching
GV State of Japan (No.65) fighting Barrientos of Curacaeo (No.80) with Barrientos being thrown down. (3 shots)'
GV Barrientos hits sato on the head
GV Both fighters bow to audience and each other
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Background: Japanese competitors scooped the placings, finishing first and second, in the first kyokushin karate championships which finished in Tokyo on Sunday (2 November).
One hundred and twenty eight karate experts form thirty five countries fought elimination bouts to decide the eventual winner, Sato of japan.
The entrants were drawn from the 1 1/2 million kyokushin followers throughout the world.
The about between Higashidani of Japan and Martain of the United States was delayed after the Japanese was struck in the face. Higashidani recovered and went on the win.
Between bouts competitors tried their hand at Tameshiwari, or the breaking of stacked planks with the 'knife' or spear hand. This helped resolve a tided bout, depending on the number of planks broken.
Most popular fighter of the championship, judging from crowd reaction, was Britain's Howard Collins, the only non-Japanese to reach a place in past Japanese kyokushin championships, when he finished second in 1972.
The first world kyokushin karate championships, which finished in Tokyo on Sunday, were dominated by the Japanese. Sato, and Royama, both Japanese, finished first and second after two days of punishing elimination rounds. Here competitors break stacked planks to decide tied bouts.
Most popular fighter of the championships, judging from crowd reaction, was Britain's Howard Collins (number ninety four), here in the process of defeating williams of the United States. collins was also the highest placed non-Japanese entrant. He finished second in entrant. He finished second in the japanese championship in nineteen seventy two, the highest placing by a western fighter.
Kyokushin was founded twenty five years ago, and differs from normal karate forms in that blows aren't held back. Some of the bouts during the championships were interrupted when a contestant was struck in the face or head, which is illegal.
Barrientos of Curacao (number eighty) was warned three times and eventually disqualified for illegally striking Japan's Sato.
Kyokushin karate is tough and hard and its exponents have to be at peak fitness. Several contestants were injured during the two days of the championship. But the form still has about one and a half million followers throughout the world.