On April 13th, 2024, martial arts enthusiasts and practitioners gathered for an electrifying display of skill, discipline, and spirit at the English Open Kyokushin Karate Tournament hosted in Milton Keynes. Organized by the British Karate Kyokushinkai (BKK), this event showcased the essence of Kyokushin Karate, a renowned style known for its rigorous training and full-contact sparring.

EMAR Dojo proudly emerged as the standout academy among 44 clubs that took part in the event from 13 different Kyokushin Karate Federations, clinching the prestigious title of “Best Academy” at the tournament. Additionally, our athletes displayed unparalleled prowess, securing a remarkable total of 17 trophies, with 4 Gold, 6 Silver, and 7 Bronze, further solidifying our position as leaders in Kyokushin Karate.

“The level of competition at this tournament was incredibly high, and I believe this was one of the most successful tournaments on record for our dojo,” remarked Sensei Simeon, the head coach of EMAR Dojo. “I’m extremely impressed by the technical and physical level of my students. They have all improved significantly and show huge potential for upcoming international events. The strong spirit, willpower, and never give up attitude displayed by my talented students throughout this tournament have truly been inspiring.”

This monumental success for EMAR Dojo is the result of years of consistent hard work in the dojo and the cumulative efforts of all the students.

The English Open Kyokushin Karate tournament, the second biggest tournament in the UK, welcomed over 240 competitors from various martial arts academies. EMAR Dojo stood out, represented by 23 athletes across different age and weight categories. Their presence was not merely symbolic, as they left an indelible mark on the tournament.

With determination and resilience, our athletes competed fiercely in each match, displaying the highest levels of skill and sportsmanship. Their efforts were rewarded with an impressive tally of 17 trophies, a testament to their dedication and the rigorous training they undergo at EMAR Dojo.

Beyond the medals and trophies, the tournament was a celebration of the values that define Kyokushin Karate: discipline, perseverance, and respect. It provided an opportunity for participants to learn and grow, both as martial artists and individuals, and to forge lifelong friendships with fellow practitioners.

At EMAR Dojo, we pride ourselves on being a great and supportive community. We welcome everyone, regardless of age, gender, and experience level. It’s this inclusive environment that has allowed us to create a culture that fosters friendships, fun, and dedication to karate.

This tournament held particular importance as it served as a selection for the national team that will represent Team GB at the World Tournament in Germany next year. The head coach of the national team was thoroughly impressed by the performance of our fighters and looks forward to seeing them compete internationally.

As the tournament came to a close, EMAR Dojo emerged not only as victors but as ambassadors for the spirit of Kyokushin Karate. We are immensely proud of our athletes’ achievements and grateful for the support of our instructors, families, and community.

Our students always put in the hard work in the countless vigorous training sessions in our Karate Kyokushin dojo in Richmond, London. As our slogan goes, “Hard work pays off.”

The English Open Kyokushin Karate Tournament held on April 13th, 2024, was more than just a competition; it was a celebration of the indomitable human spirit and the power of martial arts to inspire, unite, and transform lives. We look forward to continuing our journey and representing EMAR Dojo with pride in future tournaments.