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What is Sabaki?
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The concept of Sabaki was developed by the late Kancho Hideyuki Ashihara, the founder of Ashihara Karate.

  • Sabaki is a unique method of meeting an attack by combining defence and offense into one.
     
  • Sabaki uses one of four fundamental circular movements in response to an attacker's thrust. These movements carry the defender to the outside- left or right of an attack, moving either slightly forward or backward.
     
  • In each case, the defender move's to the attacker's back side. This limits the defender's exposure to frontal attack. In addition, it allows the defender to develop a "blind spot" in the attacker's position.
     
  • Once the defender has developed this "blind spot", he/she can take strategic advantage of this position by entering that "blind spot" and countering effectively with various combinations of punches and kicks.
     
  • No matter what the distance - short, medium or long - this strategy of moving outside and to an opponent's "blind spot" is essential.
     
  • In Ashihara Karate the practitioner learns to be aware of three types of distances and the Sabaki that applies to each.

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First held in 1987 in Cape Town, the Sabaki Challenge Karate Championships merged in 1996 with the annual Invitational Championships.
Since then, it has grown into an International Tournament with hundreds of competitors from all over.

2010 World Cup
South Africa has just finished hosting the 2010 Soccer World Cup. What a spectacular event it was. We then hosted the World Cup for Ashihara Karate in October of the same year.
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The 2nd Sabaki Challenge World Cup will be held in 2017 - see the first one at the bottom of this page.

My Karate Odyssey
Kaicho Hoosain Narkerís
My Karate Odyssey is now available read more ...

kumite2008
The 2016 World Kumite Championships was held in Pattaya, Thailand was an event that showcased the true spirit of the Martial Arts and had top fighters from all over the World.  Ashihara Karate attended once again and will use the Sabaki Challenge to select fighters for future WKO events.