Karate1 Premier League • Frankfurt-Hanau 2012

Karate1 Frankfurt Open 2012 poster

After the summer break, I’m here again, this time trying to gather as much info as possible about the Karate1 Frankfurt Open 2012, part of the WKF Premiere League. The location of the event is the August-Schärttner-Halle, in Hanau. This is an important test for the athletes, before the imminent WKF World Karate Championships, to be held in Paris on 21-25 November.

If you don’t remember what Karate1 is, check my previous post about the Dutch Open 2012!

This time the challenge will be very hard: many champions are going to test their preparation on the road to the World Championships, and some of them are facing their rivals after two years: do you remember Luca Valdesi vs. Antonio Diaz in Belgrade 2010? Well, Lucio Maurino and Vincenzo Figuccio (ITA) are in the list too!

The female kata category will be hard-fought too. There are some of the most relevant names in the world: Nguyen Hoang Ngan (VNM), Sara Battaglia (ITA), Sandy Scordo (FRA), Maria Dimitrova (DOM), Viviana Bottaro (ITA), Rimi Kajikawa (JAP) and many others.

And what about kumite? Names such as Jonathan Horne (DEU), Ciro Massa (ITA), William Rolle (FRA), Rene Smaal (NED), Diego Vandeschrick (BEL), Timothy Petersen (NLD), Salvatore Loria (ITA) and Tiffany Fanjat (FRA), Kristina Mah (AUS), Greta Vitelli (ITA) are enough for you?

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1st IMACSSS International Conference – Presentation video and slides

When Prof. Pierluigi Aschieri (coach of the Italian Karate team) invited me to participate to an international conference titled Game, Drama, Ritual in Martial Arts and Combat Sports, honestly I didn’t know what to expect from this event.

Drama? – I asked myself – What has Drama to deal with our work? What is the relation between Ritual and biomechanical sports motion analysis?

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Virtual Sensei Lite v.0.2.2 released

Virtual Sensei Lite

Virtual Sensei Lite™ is our FREE software for sports motion analysis based on Microsoft Kinect sensor. Before the introduction of this combination of hardware and software, the only alternatives for sports motion analysis were expensive and cumbersome mocap equipments or complex pieces of software based on traditional camcorders and slow algorithms for motion detection.

Not for everyone.

Virtual Sensei Lite combines the ease of use of the Kinect sensor with a FREE software which calculates some well known (and universally recognized) kinematic and kinetic parameters, like limbs velocities and body kinetic energy.

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EKF 47th European Senior Karate Championships Adeje 2012

Luca Valdesi - Adeje 2012

The 47th European Senior Karate Championships 2012 took place in Adeje, southwestern part of the island of Tenerife (Spain), on 10-13th May.

Here you can find results, photos and videos of the event.

Updates (latest on top)

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Italian Senior Kumite Championships 2012 • Videos

Luigi Busà - Italian Senior Kumite Championships 2012

The Italian Senior Male Kumite Championships 2012, held in Ostia (Rome) on 14 April, were another good occasion to use my new HD camcorder.

Many athletes from the Italian Kumite Team participated to this event: Luigi Busà, Michele Giuliani, Nello Maestri, Mauro Scognamiglio, Salvatore Serino. Other relevant athletes like Stefano Maniscalco, Salvatore Loria, Gianluca Iovine and Ciro Massa were busy with other international competitions (Bosphorus Cup – Istanbul – and International Tournament Villa De Madrid).

The following playlist contains all the videos I managed to record: 7 of them are finals.

Below you can find the list of the recorded fights in chronological order and the ranks up to the 3rd place for each weight category.

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Italian Senior Kata Championships 2012 • Videos

Viviana Bottaro at the Italian Senior Kata Championships 2012

The FIJLKAM Italian Senior Kata Championships held in Loano (SV), Italy, on 25 March 2012 were a great opportunity to see many top level Italian Karate athletes in action.

And guess what! We had an HD camcorder with us! Are you ready to enjoy this event?

We prepared a dense playlist with many videos from both the male and female categories. Elite athletes like Sara Battaglia, Luca Brancaleon, Viviana Bottaro, Michela Pezzetti, Alfredo Tocco and the young champions Mattia Busato, Michaela Di Desiderio and Alessandro Iodice challenged each other in a competition to the last kata!

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Karate1 Premier League • Dutch Open 2012

Karate1 Dutch Open 2012 poster

For our awesome followers and for all the karate-lovers, we collected all the videos and info about the WKF Karate1 Premier League Dutch Open, held in Dordrecht (Netherlands) on 10-11 March 2012.

We will try to keep this post up-to-date (also with your help!) adding video highlights, results and other info about this competition, as we did for the European Karate Championships 2011.

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Virtual Sensei Lite update 0.2.1 available

Virtual Sensei Lite, athletes and Kinect

We have just released another update of Virtual Sensei Lite.

This time we focused on software usability: we are particularly proud of the check for updates function, that will avoid the tedious procedure of manually downloading the setup file from our website. It automatically searches for a newer version at startup (if you are connected to the Internet), but you can always check manually from the Help menu.

This should be the last time you have to fill the download form!

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New release! Virtual Sensei Lite™ v.0.2.0

Virtual Sensei Lite skeleton

So, you thought we would have been satisfied with the first release? You thought 423 downloads from all over the world in 3 months (without spending a $ in ads) would have been enough for us? Curious, you should know that Karate and martial arts mean perfection… and yes, Virtual Sensei Lite™ is still far from perfection!

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Lucio Maurino interviewed by KARATEbyJesse

Lucio Maurino and Alessandro Timmi

Many Karate lovers probably know the blog KARATEbyJesse.com. It features interesting articles mainly about things related to Karate, Kobudo, Okinawa (or Japan in general), kata, bunkai and a lot of other topics [...] which are in one way or other related to Karate.

Its Youtube channel contains dozens of cool videos recorded during the most relevant WKF competitions (champions like Luca Valdesi, Antonio Diaz, Rika Usami, Rafael Aghayev and many others are often present) or in occasion of seminars and events with eminent Karate Masters (Tsuguo Sakumoto, Morio Higaonna and others).

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