Masaya Ichikawa
Japan Champion . . . Once Again!

Masaya Ichikawa is seen here defeating last year's champion, Yusuke Fujii, in the semi-final match. Ichikawa was
Kyokushin-kan's 2nd Japan Champion already in 2003 so this victory marks a return to him to first place. Yusuke Fujii lost this fight following a penalty for accidental face punching and went on to fight for third place.

Yu Funasaki (shown here, right) took second place this year. The final match Funasaki vs. Ichikawa was like a rematch of the final fight from two years ago when in the 3rd All-Japan Tournament the results were opposite, and Funasaki defeated Ishikawa to become champion.

Yusuke Fujii, last years champion, took third place. He is shown here immediately following a spectacular knock-down with an ushiro-geri in an earlier round.

Suliman Kosumov, only 19 years old, a Kyokushinkan fighter from Russia, was the surprise 4th place winner. In his semi-final fight against Yu Funasaki the judges were unable to reach a decision and after the maximum number of extensions the victory was awarded to Funasaki based on tameshiwari results. (Since according to Kyokushin-kan rules, victory is awarded to the fighter who breaks the most boards in in the tameshiwari round if a decision can not be reached and if there is less than a 10 kilogram weight difference.) Kusomov broke 17 boards and Fusasaki, 18!

We have many spectacular photographs from this year's tournament which are displayed below in chronological order after the official tournament results (below). Captions are specifically geared towards introducing the foreign (non-Japanese) fighters who participated. Please also read, in italics, the translated text of Kancho's speech during the opening ceremony which has a particular relevance to fighters from outside of Japan.

Official Tournament Results

1st place: Masaya Ichikawa (Nara-ken Branch)
2nd place: Yu Funasaki (Nara-ken Branch)
3rd place: Yusuke Fujii (Jonan Oimachi Branch)
4th place: Suliman Kosumov (Russian Branch)
5th place: Yutaka Sakurai (Saikyo-Johoku Branch)
6th place: Noriaki Eda (Saitama-ken Nishi Branch)
7th place: Takayoshi Nakazawa (Karatedo Toshinkai)
8th place: Nozomu Natsuhara (Jonan Kawasaki Branch)

Best Fight: Suliman Kosumov (Russian Branch)
Best Techniques: Takayoshi Nakazawa (Karatedo Toshinkai)
Best Tameshiwari: Miguel Fernandez (IFK United Kingdom)
Special Award: Kozo Yamazaki (Honbu)
Special Award: Kenny Jarvis (IFK United Kingdom)
Special Award: Masanori Yamada (Kurosawa Dojo)

Adam Derdzikowski from Poland above left.

Kancho's Speech Part One

"On behalf of Kyokushin-kan, I would like to thank all of you, spectators and invited guests alike, for coming to this arena today. I’m very happy to be able to declare that this is the 5th time we have held this tournament since Kyokushin-kan was founded. I want to express my deepest appreciation for all the people who helped to organize and promote today’s event.

Kancho's Speech Part Two

"To all of you who are competing today – although I have said it many times – I want to say how proud I am of you. Competitors in today’s tournament come not only from Japan, but also from overseas countries including America , Russia, and several European countries, among others, and I am proud to announce my confidence that all fights will be judged equally no matter where the fighters come from.

Kancho's Speech Part Three

"Thirty five ago the first Kyokushin world tournament was held. At that time Kyokushin’s founder, Sosai Masutatsu Oyama, publicly stated that if the Japanese fighters lost the tournament he would take his own life in the traditional samurai fashion. Since Japan represented the highest development of karate at that time, I believe that it is quite possible that if the Japanese fighters had lost there may well have been no future for karate. However, in the present era, Russia and other countries around the world have come to represent the highest achievement in karate, equal to Japan, and karate is flourishing worldwide.

Kancho's Speech Part Four

"The most important aspect in the present era of karate’s development is the restoration of powerful karate. This importance has transcended the differences between nations, and differences of race and style no longer matter in a world where people of many countries have developed superior karate through hard competition, and the accordant exchange of ideas. Since all fighters gathered here today are therefore essentially fighting for the betterment of world karate, it is only natural that the fighter who has achieved the highest level of training will be the one to win.

Kancho's Speech Part Five

"No matter who came from what country, all of you must demonstrate your best product of your training for the sake of karate. You must fight your absolute hardest. I close my greeting by asking of you gathered here today, please cheer with all your might for the competitors that put their safety at risk today for the betterment of karate."

Kenny Jarvis, an IFK fighter from Great Britain, is seen here (above and below) with a spectacular knockout by ushiro-mawashi-geri.

David Jimenez, Spain, above left.

Felipe Lopez from Spain, above left.

Paul Kaminski from USA, above right.

During the Opening Ceremony, Kancho's speech was translated into English and Russian (above), and international branch chiefs in attendance (below) were introduced. From left to right: Jose Millan (Area Chairman, Europe and International Committee Chairman), Spain; Nathan Ligo, USA; Gianclaudio Torlizzi, Italy; Tae Keun Shin, Korea (International Committee Member, Asia); Jose Diaz, Spain; Kiyotaka Sakurai (Philippines); Michael Soon Ming Ding, Malaysia; and Hennie Bosman (Area Chairman, Africa), South Africa.

David Jimenez, Spain, (above left, below right) was defeated by this year's champion, Masaya Ichikawa.

Shihan Hennie Bosman, South Africa, performed in an awesome demonstration of tameshiwari power.

4th place winner, Suliman Kosumov, Russia, above right.

Suliman Kosumov, Russia, is finally defeated by tameshiwari results after a decision could not be reached and it was determined that there was not a 10 kilogram weight difference.

The next several photographs show a demonstration of traditional Okinawan weapons and kata by Kyokushinkan Technical Committee Chairman, Hiroto Okazaki.