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Andy Hug, 1964-2000 by Oliver Sperling
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Shihan Hussein Hassan Suleiman, 6th Dan, was born in Lebanon of Arab descent. He began training at the age of fourteen in boxing and body building before he joined the martial arts with Judo then Tae Kwon Do.

His trainer in Tae Kwon Do had heard much of the Kyokushin system and began introducing and adopting Mas Oyamas renowned techniques into his own curriculum.

After years of training under his Instructor in Lebanon, Shihan Suleiman was soon offered a prestigious position as a trainer with a famous Sports Organization in Kuwait. He quickly moved himself and his family to the tiny, affluent country where he began his own Kyokushin Karate club which has since blossomed into one of the largest and most distinguished karate clubs in the Middle East.

Shihan Suleimans students were naturally adept fighters who soon broke many records in Europe, the Middle East and in Japan with their many competitive successes and titles. The Middle East Kyokushin Organization was growing rapidly and Mas Oyama took notice.

In 1991, Sosai Mas Oyama visited the country of Lebanon and together with Shihan Suleiman held the first Middle East Karate Championship which was followed by the first Middle East International Training Camp. Both events were a huge success, introducing thousands of people to the Kyokushin way.

Soon after, Mas Oyama appointed Shihan Suleiman, Chairman of the Middle East Kyokushin Organization.

source: "Hussein Hassan Suleiman STORY," Honbu News, International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan Honbu, April 2000.

see photos from the First Liberation Kyokushin Karate Tournament.

 

 

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