What is Karate? By ée. With fencing, Karate is probably the oldest martial art, that is to say, the oldest fighting technique of killing and avoiding being killed . Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: Chapters: Henry Plee. Phone, Suggest a phone number Henry Plée. likes. Henry Plée was a French martial artist who is considered as the ‘father of European and French karate’. He was one of the rare.

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He was a pioneer in introducing karate to France and Europe, and has taught most of today’s highest ranking karate masters in Europe.

His studies were interrupted by World War II in He was the 96th French black belt and is now ranked 5th dan at judo. Physically, he demonstrated very powerful kicks and punches.

So fromhe returned to French savatealso known as French kickboxingat the club ‘Banville’ hsnry only remaining club at that time.

Despite the high training quality, he was still feeling the need to go stronger and deeper, and was still looking for something else.


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He discovered aikido with Minoru Mochizukithen karate from an article in Life magazine with Fukuda Rikutaro, his Judo Kodokan magazine’s translator. Fukuda Rikutaro confided in him that he learnt karate in Tokyo with Gichin Funakoshi.

This was the start of his karate career inwith help from Donn Draeger in Japan. In he founded his dojo: It is the oldest karate dojo in Europe, which has won 32 French, Europe, and world championships since its creation. Here he taught the four pillars of Japanese Martial Arts: He frequently traveled to Japan. There he met with and learnt from some of the most famous karate masters of all styles. He invited many of them to visit him in France. He even financed the visit to France of many Japanese and Chinese martial arts experts.

They taught at the Shobudo, where the secrets of karate were being unveiled to Europe. He also published another magazine named Judo Kodokanwhich was a translation of the Japanese magazine of the Tokyo Kodokan. He wrote books, and appeared in the movie La Vie, l’amour, la mort.

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Since the 50’s, numerous trips to Japan allowed him to meet some of the most famous karate masters of all styles, and to pass belts in various styles and disciplines: Along the years, he financed the visits to France of more than 17 Japanese and Chinese martial arts experts, including:.


Inviting many Japanese masters to France allowed him to learn in continuity from his actual level, instead of starting from the beginning in every school in Japan. It also molded French karate with a unique blend of not favoring any karate style over another.

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