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Igor Dyachenko

“Igor…spent years deconstructing and reconstructing the methods and techniques he studied.”

Igor Dyachenko knows that the best way to be an effective teacher is to always remain a student. Despite being a world champion Karate master, the winner of countless medals, who’s achieved the highest ranking allowable for someone his age, it’s not unusual to see him in a Beginner class, to make sure he remembers the basics.

A native of Ukraine, Igor’s father enrolled him in a karate school to build up his son’s character and health, as well as physical stamina and mental discipline. Within five years, Igor was placing in competitions—beyond his age category. In 1997, he won first place out of 148 world competitors in the Junior World Championships in Milan.

At 17, speaking no English, he came to New York, with $300 in his pocket, his black belt, and a dream. But by 2000, at nineteen, Igor held three national championship records in the United States. He followed these with the first-place win at the 2003 Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association’s World Championships in Las Vegas.

Continuing on his journey of self-discovery, Igor felt a greater and greater need to share his knowledge. In 2006, he founded D-Dojo Karate in NYC.

He spent the next several years deconstructing and reconstructing all the techniques and methods he’d studied—every exercise, practice, and concept was reexamined and reconsidered. He had one simple goal in mind—to turn all he’d learned into an approach that would democratize Karate—and transform it into a path that can be followed by anyone who’s willing.

2014 – Igor Dyachenko meets with Minister of Internal Affairs, Her Excellency, Tomomi Inada, in her role as head of “Cool Japan” Strategy. Japan Society, New York City.

2013 – Receives fifth-degree black belt from Hirokazu Kanazawa.

2013 – First place at Ozawa Cup. Las Vegas, Nevada. Senior team WKF Kumite.

2013 – Meets with Tokyo governor Naoki Inose, whose efforts made the Tokyo Olympics 2020 possible. New York City.

2013 – Meeting at the General Consulate of Japan in New York with Ambassador & Consul General of Japan, Shigeyuki Hiroki. New York City.

2010 – Participates at the World Karate Federation (WKF) World Karate Championships. Belgrade, Serbia.

2010 – Participates at the World Karate Federation (WKF) World Congress. Belgrade, Serbia.

2008 – First place at Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation (SKIF-USA) National Karate Championships. Coconut Grove, Florida. Individual Kumite.

2008 – Grand Champion at Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation (SKIF-USA) National Karate Championships. Coconut Grove, Florida. Individual Kumite.

2007 – Receives fourth-degree black belt from Hirokazu Kanazawa.

2007 – Appears on the Colbert Report to assist Stephen Colbert in commemorating Ronald Reagan’s historic Berlin Wall speech. Stephen enjoys Dyachenko’s watermelon-breaking

feat

so much that he repeatedly mentions it in several subsequent episodes.

2006 – Establishes D-Dojo Karate.

2005 – First place at Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation (SKIF-USA) National Karate Championships. Mounds View, Minnesota. Individual Kumite.

2005 – Grand Champion at Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation (SKIF-USA) National Karate Championships. Mounds View, Minnesota. Individual Kumite.

2004 – First place at Ozawa Cup. Las Vegas, Nevada. Individual Kumite.

2004 – Grand Champion at Ozawa Cup. Las Vegas, Nevada. Individual Kumite.

2004 – Awarded “Most Outstanding Tournament Competitor” by Kotaka Sensei from Honolulu, Hawaii at Ozawa Cup. Las Vegas, Nevada. Individual Kumite.

2003 – First place at FSKA 5th World Karate Championships. Las Vegas, Nevada. Individual Kumite.

2003 – Second place at FSKA 5th World Karate Championships. Las Vegas, Nevada. Team Kumite.

2003 – First place at USAKF National Championships. Akron, Ohio. Individual Kumite.

2002 – Second place at WTKO World Karate Championships. New York, New York. Senior individual Kumite.

2001 – Received third-degree black belt from Hirokazu Kanazawa. Honolulu, Hawaii.

2001 – Third place at WKF USA Open Karate Championships. South Carolina, USA. 74-kg individual Kumite.

2001 – Third place at WKF USA Open Karate Championships. South Carolina, USA. Open-category individual Kumite.

2000 – First place at USA-NKF National Championships. Houston, Texas. Senior team Kumite.

2000 – Second place at the 19th Annual Traditional Karate Tournament International. known as Ozawa Cup International Karate Tournament. Las Vegas, Nevada. Senior team Kumite.

1998 – First place at SKI-Ukraine National Championships. Team Kata.

1998 – Second place at WKO World Championships. Orlando, Florida. Junior individual Kata.

1997 – First place at the 6th SKIF World Championships. Milan, Italy. Junior individual Kata.

1997 – Receives second-degree black belt from Hirokazu Kanazawa.

1996 – First place at the High Castle Cup. Lviv, Ukraine. Senior team Kata.

1996 – Receives first-degree black belt from Hirokazu Kanazawa.

1995 – 1998 – First place at the National Ukrainian Championships of Shotokan Karate-do. Junior Kata division.

1993 – 1997 – Eight first-place medals at Kiev Championships in various divisions, including adult divisions in Kata and Kumite.

1993 – 1996 – Four first-place medals at Kiev Cup in various divisions, including adult divisions in Kata and Kumite.

1987 – Begins Karate training with

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Igor Dyachenko

A fifth-degree karate black belt holder and a winner of many international karate awards, Igor Dyachenko is a founder and chief instructor of D-Dojo Karate. Igor is a world-renowned expert in athletic coaching and nutrition, a successful businessman and philanthropist, and an author of karate training programs for children and adults.

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Saeid Ashtian

Saeid Ashtian is a sixth degree black belt holder in Shito Ryu Karate and a 6th degree black belt holder in Japanese Jujitsu. He also holds the academic degree of Master of Sciences in Sports Physiology from University of Tehran.

Saeid’s expertise as a sport coach has the foundation not only in his training and education, but also in his long and successful sports career: he is a winner of over 40 medals from world, international, and Asian martial arts competitions.

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Saeid Ashtian

Saeid Ashtian is a sixth degree black belt holder in Shito Ryu Karate and a 6th degree black belt holder in Japanese Jujitsu. He also holds the academic degree of Master of Sciences in Sports Physiology from University of Tehran.

Saeid’s expertise as a sport coach has the foundation not only in his training and education, but also in his long and successful sports career: he is a winner of over 40 medals from world, international, and Asian martial arts competitions.

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