Kancho Hidenori Ashihara

Kancho Hidenori Ashihara

Director Of the New Internation Karate Organisation


Dear AII Branch Chiefs of NIKO

Thank you for your continuous efforts for the further development of New lnternational Karate Organization. ln this prolonged Covidl9 crisis, we are beginning to see progress in the infection prevention measures, such as the vaccination process and related strategies. However , the infection itself continues to spread, so we must still be extra careful in aur personal measures to prevent infection. lt alsa breaks my heart to see the news of natural disasters around the world caused by extreme weather and climate change. I wish to express my sincere sympathies those that were affected by such disasters.

The 2020 Ashihara Karate World Championships will be held at the end of this year. The official dates for the 7th Ashihara Karate World Championships have been set for November 03-07, 2021 in Bucharest, Romania. I would like to express my sincere respect to the athletes, who have continued their hard training, despite the many restrictions due to the COVID19 crisis, and the host country committee who are organizing this tournament while following strict preventive m eas ures, will constantly require a flexible approach to adjust to various occasions.

I hope that will bea tournaments with high expectations and that will be held successfully. So I invite you to participate in as many numbers as possible in these conditions.

As I mentioned in the beginning, in this prolonged COVID19 crisis, we tend to become introverted, both mentally and physically. Let us defeat and overcome this global pandemic through aur Ashihara Karate training, with a firmly unshakable spirit and byfulfillingthe true meaning of the Ashihara family.

I hope that all of you are doing well in your country. Let us take good care of aur health, and further develop Ashihara Karate as the strongest organization in theworld.

I am lookingforward to see you in Romania!