XX World Championship of Traditional Karate

November 20, 2019


Curitiba – PR

In the evaluation of the karateka from Paraná, one of the main technical references of ITKF in Brazil, the events in Curitiba capital of state of Paraná will do profound advances in the sport

Ricardo Buzzi, four-time world champion in kumite

As part of the extensive program involving the holding of the XX Traditional World Karate Championship and the V Interclub World Cup, December 2-8 in Curitiba, ITKF will promote technical seminars and arbitration courses, scientific congresses, meetings on the University of Traditional Karate and meeting of the Technical and Administrative Committee, in addition to the Continental Assemblies and General Assembly of the International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF).

Yesterday we announced that Professor Justo Gómez is among the guest speakers, and we have just received confirmation that Ricardo Buzzi, another great South American ITKF world champion, has confirmed his presence among the guests who will be lecturing in Curitiba.

“We have a course called ITKF Legends, which will also be taught by world champions Gómez and Mussat. I will use some points from my technical and physical training program for traditional competition-oriented karate, with an emphasis on developing strength, blast and reflex, focusing on the generation of physical and mental kyo on the opponent. I will also focus on the development of avoidance techniques and the use of shoulder girdles, among other topics, ”said the four-time ITKF world champion.

Pan American Karate Championship in Argentina in 2013, in which he was crowned kata Champion

Known internationally as one of the strongest and most complete karatekas of his generation, Ricardo Buzzi was born on October 21, 1975 in Curitiba, and at the age of 9 took his first steps on the tatami and later trained at the legendary Bodhidharma Academy. Under the guidance of Gilberto Gaertner, teacher hachi-dan (8th dan) and shihan teacher Julio Takuo Arai, kyuu-dan (9th dan), the curitibano karate built one of the most expressive trajectories of traditional karate in Brazil.

A prominent athlete and sensei go-dan (5th dan), Buzzi won expressive titles in the most varied categories: individual and team kata, individual and team kumite and fuku-gô, demonstrating extreme technical skill and extensive knowledge of karate-dô Traditional Shotokan.

In Buzzi's evaluation, the events that make up ITKF's official programming will take traditional karate to a new level.

“My expectation is that the XX World Traditional Karate Championship reaffirms the technical essence and ethical principles advocated by sensei Nishiyama. I understand that the current management of ITKF is doing an excellent job, promoting the return of many teachers worldwide and we are seeing significant growth in the number of member countries. Finally, we are having a great time and I believe the December events will reaffirm my views, ”said Buzzi. He concluded by highlighting the political and structural importance of this achievement of ITKF.

Ricardo Buzzi with Takuo Arai

“After the death of sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama, many teachers left, and I think it is time to bring together all the players and other people involved in the management of traditional world karate. In this way we will be able to promote the revival of an innovative, bold and forward-looking ITKF based on Master Nishiyama's proposal. We had a vacuum in the management of the sport due to past conflicts and now we are living a moment of reconstruction, which should be materialized at the ITKF general assembly next month in Curitiba, ”said the four-time kumite world champion.

Entrepreneurship is his brand

Graduated in architecture and urbanism in 1999, with a postgraduate degree in strategic planning, both from PUC-PR, Buzzi is executive director of Buzzi e Silva Arquitetos Associados, who has been working in the field of construction for more than 15 years a multidisciplinary career with extensive experience in coordinating teamwork and multitasking.

He is also director and creator of Mercado Salt, one of the boldest ventures in the area of gastronomy and entertainment of Paraná, a successful case admired and studied by several universities in Brazil for being a unique and innovative project.

Among the numerous activities in the private sector, Ricardo Buzzi is a partner and professor at Bodhidharma Academy, one of the oldest and most traditional martial arts schools in Brazil, with 44 years of history.

Ricardo Buzzi is training with Justo Gómez on the coast of Paraná

Top Titles

Among the most important titles won by Ricardo Buzzi in his expressive trajectory in the tatami are:

ITKF World Individual Kumite Champion (2002)

Three-time kumite world champion by ITKF team (2004, 2008 and 2010)

Three-time Pan American Kumite Champion by ITKF Team (2001, 2003 and 2009)

Pan American Individual Kumite Champion (2003)

Two-time Pan American Individual Kata Champion (2003 and 2013)

Pan American Team Kata Champion (2013)

Brazilian double champion, with five titles per team and seven singles

Four-time Brazilian team kumite champion (2002, 2006, 2011 and 2013)

Brazilian Team Kata Champion (2013)

Three-time Brazilian individual kata champion (2009, 2010 and 2013)

Three-time Brazilian Fuku-gô champion (2010, 2012 and 2013)

Brazilian individual kumite champion (2014)

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XX ITKF Traditional Karate World Championship

November 17, 2019


Curitiba – PR

The iconic Sensei Argentine seven times world champion and three times Pan American kumite, kata and fukugô teacher will be one of the speakers at the technical seminar to be held in December, in parallel to the world championship.

Sensei roku-dan (6th dan) Justo Gómez

The XX World Traditional Karate Championship and the V Interclub World Cup will be held from December 2nd to 8th at the PUC-PR gymnasium in Curitiba, and at the same time there will be technical seminars and arbitration courses, scientific congresses, meetings about the University of Karate. Traditional and technical and administrative committee meeting, in addition to the continental assemblies and the general assembly of the International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF).

Master Hidetaka Nishiyama and Justo Gómez

One of the guest speakers is renowned professor sensei roku-dan (6th dan) Justo Gómez from Formosa, Argentina, who revealed to Budo all the joy in contributing to this moment of traditional karate.

“It is a great honor to have been invited to give a technical seminar during the ITKF World Curitiba 2019. I am sure that events like this are essential for the training and technical development of traditional karate practitioners. Not only as karateka, but also as individuals,”said Gomez.

The iconic ITKF professor told Budo that in his course he will discuss the use of the internal force produced by the Hara (abdomen - pulsating center of life) through the use of breath and the transfer of force to the opponent.

Alessandro Ramos president of the Traditional Karate Federation of the State of Paraná and Justo Gómez

Director General of the Shotokan Justo Gómez Traditional Karate School, based in Buenos Aires and its Affiliates branches and in nine ITKF member countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, Central America and South America, Sensei Gómez spoke about the Argentine delegation to come to Curitiba in december.

“We are working to bring about 70 people to Paraná. Everyone is training very hard and preparing to compete in the World Cup and win many medals for Argentina”, he said.

Evaluating very positively the holding of events such as the World Championship of Traditional Karate and the World Cup Interclubes, the multimedalist highlighted the need to exchange information and knowledge, through the competition of kata and kumitê.

“We need to attend major international events to broaden our technical base. Facing and knowing karateka from other schools and different countries, we SEE make the important exchange of information that allows us to expand the knowledge and FUNDAMENTALS foundations we have. Both victory and defeat will help to forge our character and stimulate self-improvement”, explained the seven-time world champion.

Reaffirming the bonds of friendship that unite the traditional karate of Brazil and Argentina, on October 19 Justo Gómez came to Paraná to participate in the Haru-Gashuko held in Guaratuba, where he took possession of the Brazilian colleague to front of FKTPr

“I look forward to sharing my experiences and enriching myself with each participant's experience. Just like meeting those who have allowed me, thanks to my generosity of spirit, to be who I am today, ”said sensei Gómez. Finally, he made an important suggestion to the younger karateka: "Remember the shared moments and build new memories and teachings that will undoubtedly enrich the common path."

Born on April 8, 1966 in Formosa, Argentina, Justo Gómez began the practice of karate at the age of 10 and, due to the knowledge gained from living with the master juu-dan (10th dan) Hidetaka Nishiyama, taught formation and improvement courses traditional karate coach in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and South America.

In Curitiba, Sensei Justo Gómez will talk about the use of internal force produced by Hara

Among the main titles won by the argentine multimedia player are the 1991 World Cup in Milan, Italy; Toronto World Cup 1992 in Canada; Treviso World Cup 1994 in Italy; World Cup in Moscow 2000, Russia; Ferrara World Cup 2001 in Italy; Saskatoon World Cup 2001 in Canada; and Warsaw World Cup 2007 in Poland. He also won the 1991 Pan American Championships in Cuernavaca, Mexico; 1993 in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and 1995 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

XX World Championship of Traditional Karate

November 16, 2019


Curitiba – PR

Fuku-go world champion in Treviso, Italy, in 1994, Giordana highlight see the importance of Curitiba once again hosting the largest event on the International Traditional Karate Federation's sports calendar

Giordana de Souza, the fuku-go world champion

The karateka Giordana de Souza from Curitiba, capital of Parana state, sees the holding of the XX World Championship and the V Interclubes Cup of Traditional Karate in Curitiba, from December 2 to 8, with great expectation. The athlete defended the Brazilian team in 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996 and from 2002 to 2010.

A member of the local organizing committee, the world champion reported great pride in seeing her city host again the largest event on the International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF) sports calendar.

“It is with great pride that once again the traditional Brazilian karate will receive an edition of the world championship, repeating the 2010 done. At that time I competed in the categories kata for team and individual kumite, now, in the local organizing committee, I will contribute with all the experience gained in my career as an athlete, ”Giordana explained. She prioritizes to receive very well the foreign karatekas that will go to Curitiba.

“In addition to the participation of a significant number of athletes from around the world, we expect to see excellent performances and clashes, as traditional karate has experienced enormous technical evolution in recent decades. ITKF is preparing a big event in Curitiba, my city, and hosting the world championship here has special importance. In the other countries where I competed I was always very well received, and we are working to give our counterpart ”, detailed Giordana.

Giordana after kata team presentation at the 2010 World Cup

Born in the capital of Paraná on March 17, 1969, at the age of 13 the world champion took her first steps in the Bodhidharma Academy tatami, and after serving the Brazilian national team for two decades, sensei Giordana today prioritizes the promotion of technical exchange and human development through the practice of karate.

“This is the biggest traditional karate event because it involves the main athletes, referees and leaders of our sport, and the event offers a unique opportunity for the exchange of experiences and technical knowledge. ITKF seeks to improve world championships, and in recent years has held numerous technical courses and events in various countries, focusing on expanding the technical base and promoting human development through the practice of karate. We are sure that the world will project ITKF globally, ”he concluded.

Giordana de Souza's main titles are: fuku-go world champion in Treviso, Italy, in 1994; bronze medal at kata at the Curitiba World Cup 2010; kata and kumite champion and runner-up in fuku-go and mixed embu at the Curitiba Interclub Championship in 1996; and outstanding athlete due to the highest score in the Curitiba Interclub Championship in 1996.


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