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"Russian Kyokushin build fights based on power. Japanese based on technique"
Great Arthur Hovhannisyan has been living in Japan for a long time, where he opened his own dojo and travels the world with master classes. We asked him about life in Japan, about the 100-man kumite and about the difference of cultures.
— Tell about your dojo. Is this place popular? How many students are there? What else do people come to you other than Kyokushin?
— I don't know about popular, but I think it is a place where everyone enjoying their training. As you might know I also do CrossFit, so some people come to Kawaguchi Dojo to get fit.
— Previously, you had a dream to open your own dojo. It came true. What are you dreaming about now?
— I can't tell that this is a my dream, but my goal now to see someone from Kawaguchi Dojo on World Tournament stage.
— Does your attitude to 100-man kumite change over the years? Do you analyze your test?
— My attitude doesn't change and I don't analyze. But of course I use that experience in my daily teachings.
— In Russia, a large number of strong fighters, but only you and Tariel Nikoleishvili managed to go 100-man kumite. Why is that?
— To get permission for 100-man kumite you have to win some big tournaments like All Japan Tournament or World Tournament. Than of course your willing to do it.
— You have been living in Japan for more than 10 years. What does your everyday life consist of outside the dojo?
— I'm spending all my time with my family.
— Do you travel a lot in Japan? What places do you remember most?
— So many beautiful places in Japan! My favorite is Kyoto.
— What do you like most about Japanese culture and what is its main difference from Russian and Armenian?
— I'll skip this question. Because the way of thinking itself very different, and obviously it's influence to everything.
— What is common and what is the difference between Russian and Japanese Kyokushin?
— My opinion: Russian Kyokushin (European also) build fights based on power. Japanese based on technique.
— At what level is your Japanese?
— I think beginner level :)
— Now you are taking part in the All Russian Summer camp of RNKKF. How often do you attend such gatherings in Russia and other countries?
— As often as necessary, to spread the knowledge of the IKO Honbu to all those who wish to learn
— Are there already among your students those who are able to repeat your successes?
— We working on it :)
It is a great honor for us to ask questions to such a famous master. In coaching and management, we wish Arthur to achieve the same success as in a sports career! OSU!