Kenji midori was born in April 18 1962 in the city of Setonay in entrepreneurial family of Amami Oshima island.
Kenji midori was born in April 18 1962 in the city of Setonay in entrepreneurial family of Amami Oshima island.Kenji grew in a challenger family where the success is important, he begin judo when he is child and wins any championships.He get his high school diploma in 1976, he go in tokyo to follow studies in private college so as to preprare at university.This is in this time hthe beginningse begin to study the kyokushin karaté in the Hiroshige Tsueshi dojo. Kenji get his 1st kyu in just 9 months, obtaining of shodan taken more time because he must yet follow studies and he is also in rugby team of school.
Midori lost a very close friend, after that, he decided to devote himself to kyokushin karate in the early 1980s he remarked in often find themselves on the podium. In 1983, Kenji won 3rd place in the first championship of western Japan.
In 1985, the championship of the second weight Kenji Japan ranked first in the lightweight division. In the same year, the World 17th in absolute weight champion Kenji classified Championship. 4 Weight of the Japan Cup (1987) Kenji also became the first in a lightweight.
4th World Championship, held in October 1987 Kenji receives award “For the best techniques.” At the 7th championship super featherweight Japan (1990) Kenji again ranked first in the lightweight division, and more later that same year, the Japan Cup 22, he became the second.
In early 1991, the father of Gemba Midori- Kenji called him to the island of Amami Oshima to transfer his management of the family business – the management of a large construction company. Kenji comes to Setonay and starts on his father’s orders to conduct the business of the company.
But close was the 5th World Championship, and Mas Oyama comes Setonay and turns to Kenji’s father, saying, “Your son has such flexibility that it can become a world champion. What do you think if, before the World Cup, it is entirely focused on karate? I ask you to agree with her. “
Gemba Midori could not refuse the guest of honor at his request.
On November 4, 1991 Kenji Midori became the winner in the 5th Championship Kyokushin Karate World.
world championship 1991: 1st kenji midori
2nd akira masuda (left on the picture)
3th hiroki kurasawa (right on the picture)
“Little Giant” – as was called Midori after this championship. And, indeed, he was a giant! With 165 cm and weighing 72 kg, he left none of his opponents to kick, and maneuver perfectly, with a fantastic sense of distance and techniques knockout punch watermarks, plunges them one by one. Defeating strong Japanese Kurosawa and Sitinohe in the final Midori met Akira Masuda who was at that time feared by all its power and mind. In regular time and two extensions one of the fighters was able to take over, and the winner was determined by the results of the weighing. Accordingly, Midori, whose weight was 15 kilos lighter, won the “gold” of the championship.
5th World Cup was the last happened during the life of the founder of Kyokushin Mas Oyama. After his death in 1994 the International Karate Organization (IKO) divided into a
Some number of federation As the years.
Kenji midori record:
5th Kyokushin Karate World Tournament 1991 – Champion
4th Kyokushin Karate World Tournament 1987 – Last 16 (Lost to Michael Thompson)
22nd All Japan Tournament 1990 – 2nd place
17th All Japan Tournament 1985 – 5th place
7th All Japan Weight Tournament 1990 – Champion
4th All Japan Weight Tournament 1987 – Champion
2nd All Japan Weight Tournament 1985 – Champion
Sursee Cup 1988 – 2nd place (Lost to Andy Hug)
some of his apprentices formed their own organizations with the same name. Therefore, after a general meeting of the branch chiefs, it was decided almost unanimously that the name should be changed in order to protect its unique identity. The name of the organization was changed to “World Karate Organization (WKO) – Shinkyokushinkai”.
The word “shin” was added to the word “kyokushinkai”. “Shin” in Japanese has two meanings: “truth” and “new. In this way, the meaning of the word “Shinkyokushinkai” may be translated as “True Kyokushinkai” and “New Kyokushinkai. “WKO-Kyokushinkai” remained true to the codes of Oyama Sosai who was against the professionalizing and commercializing of the Organization. Its main goals remain, i.e.
education of young people and international communication and collaboration. The distinctive sign of the organization became the symbol “Kokoro” (“Heart”, in Japanese), signifying the unity of mind, skills and physica strength. Since 2001, the president of the Organization has been Kenji Midori – world champion from the 5th World Championship 1991.
Today, “WKO – Shinkyokushinkai” is one of the world’s largest organization in full-contact karate, with 93 member countries.Daily and yearly, it becomes more and more popular worldwide. An increasing number of young people practicing it is an indicator of the rightess of the chosen path inherited from the ideas of Sosai.
“WKO – Shinkyokushinkai” works in a firm collaboration with the Japanese Olympic committee for the admission and approval of Karate as an Olympic sport. This is expected to become reality in 2020 when Japan will host the 32nd Summer Olympic Games.
The federation is divided into 8 branches: africa, central america, asia, europe, japan, middle east, russia, north america, south pacific and south africa.
The hight ranking of wko and key leader:
Kenji Midori 8e Dan
Isao Kobayashi 7e Dan
Kazuo Miyoshi 7ème Dan
Kazumi Kaneda 6e Dan
Keiji Sampei 7ème Dan
Koichi Okumura 5ème Dan
Takehisa Iriki 6e Dan
Hiroshi Nanri 6e Dan
Masatoshi Maeda 6e Dan
Shingo Kusu 6e Dan
Masahiko Yamada 7ème Dan
greatest fighter of wko:
Donatas Imbras (russia)
Takayuki Tsukakoshi (japan)
valeri dimitrov (bulgaria)
Kunihiro Suzuki (japan)
Kazuhito Yamada (japan)
noroshika tsukamoto (japan)