Dear people of Moscow! Dear people who have so
graciously come from all over the world!
for coming to this place today. On the behalf of Kyokushin Karate I
welcome you from the bottom of my heart.
with great pleasure that I look upon all of you fighters who have
come from 37 countries around the world. I have the greatest respect
for you for coming here to participate in today's event.
from many different countries, races and backgrounds, but there is
no doubt that we all gather here together as one since we are all
members of the Kyokushin family.
founder of Kyokushin Karate, Sosai Masutatsu Oyama, said that that
Kyokushin must be prepared to play a major role in the establishment
of world peace as it enters the 21st century if that goal is ever to
be realized. Accordingly, it is my dream that through today's
competition the fighters who have come here today will develop a
deeper relationship of mutual respect and friendship between one
another. In this way we can make a contribution to the ultimate goal
of all peoples living together around the world in
of you fighters, I would like to ask you to fight with all of your
strength to show the world the honor of Kyokushin Karate. And for
all of you in the audience, please cheer for these fighters with the
same enthusiasm in order to encourage the competitors to fight even
I would like to recognize Mikhail Slipenchuk, the President of the
Russian Kyokushin Federation who has invited all of us here today,
and to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who has worked so
hard towards making today's event possible.