Takashi Azuma

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Template:Nihongo (born 1949 in Kesennuma, Japan) is the founder of the martial art Kūdō[1][2] and the President of the Kudo International Federation. He currently holds an 8th degree black belt in Kyokushin Budokai (awarded by Jon Bluming), a 3rd degree black belt in judo, and an 8th degree black belt in Kūdō.

Azuma came in contact with budo for the first time when he entered the judo club of his school in Kesennuma at the age of 16 in 1965. In 1972 after his service in the Japanese armed forces, he joined Kyokushin Karate, a modification of the Shotokan Karate. That same year he founded a Kyokushin dan at Waseda University.[3]

In 1981, Azuma founded his own martial art because he was unhappy with some characteristics of Kyokushin. Azuma was bothered that in Kyokushin serious head injuries are common. Azuma was also of the opinion that physically smaller fighters are at a disadvantage compared to bigger fighters.

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