Japan wins the Men’s Team Kata at the Karate World Championships

October 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryo Kiyuna, Arata Kinjo, and Takuya Uemura from Ryueiryu-Ryuhoukai defeated France 5-0 in the championship round of the team Kata to win the first gold medal for Japan since two competitions ago on October 30, the final day of the Karate World Championships held in Linz, Australia. The previous day, Kiyuna also took the gold for the individual Kata, defeating the Spanish representative 5-0 for his second straight championship, taking home two titles in total. From the first match onwards, the Japanese team attempted the “Anan” Kata. After 365 days of disciplined training, Kiyuna, Kinjo, and Uemura performed the demonstration majestically, claiming the top spot in the world.

The best demonstration:
From Ryo Kiyuna, “We performed the best demonstration on the highest stage. I am much happier about this than my individual medal. We were finally able to take the gold.”

On their accomplishment:
From Arata Kinjo, “This is a result of all our work up until now. We were able to take the gold due to the many people who supported us.”

Greater heights:
From Takuya Uemura, “This was the result of practicing every day. Since this gold medal was won by everyone supporting each other, I would like to see us reach even greater heights.”

(Translation by TC&T and Sam Grieb)

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