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September 12, 1971 |
Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
|Residence||Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, Japan|
|Style||Seigokan Goju-ryu Karate|
|Rank||5th dan karate (JKF)|
|Competitor for Japan|
|Gold||1997 Lahti||Kata individual|
|Gold||2001 Akita||Kata individual|
|Gold||2005 Duisburg||Kata individual|
|Karate World Championships|
|Gold||1998 Rio de Janeiro||Kata individual|
|Gold||2000 Munich||Kata individual|
|Gold||2002 Madrid||Kata individual|
|Gold||2004 Monterrey||Kata individual|
|Gold||1998 Bangkok||Kata individual|
|Gold||2002 Busan||Kata individual|
Atsuko Wakai (若井 敦子 Wakai Atsuko , born September 12, 1971) is a Japanese practitioner of karate who has won many international and Japanese national competitions in kata (patterns), including unprecedented numbers of consecutive titles in World Karate Federation (WKF) and All Japan Karatedo championships. She holds the rank of 5th dan black belt from the Japan Karatedo Federation (JKF), training in Seigokan Goju-ryu karate.
Wakai was born on September 12, 1971, in Gifu, Japan. When she was 4 years old, she was involved in an automobile accident; the severe head injuries forced her to recover in hospital for four months. When she had turned 6 years old, her parents enrolled her at a Goju-ryu karate dojo (training hall) to help her regain strength and coordination.
Wakai graduated from Kyomachi Elementary School in 1984, Inaba Junior High School in 1987, and Gifu Dai-Ichi Girls' Senior High School in 1990. She then studied business for two years at Kinki University, graduating in 1992. While she had competed in karate locally, it was while at university that she began competing intensively. Originally, she competed in both kata and kumite (sparring), but after taking a third place in kata at an All Japan tournament, she focused on that aspect of competition.
Competitive karate career
Unusually, Wakai did not make it onto the Japanese national karate squad until after she graduated from university—the time when most Japanese karate competitors retire from competition to focus on their professional careers. Wakai has identified Suzuko Hamasaki (née Okamura) as her main inspiration. In an interview in 2000, she said, "Suzuko Hamasaki is someone I really admire! She was the first Women's World Kata Champion in 1980. The first time I saw her, I wanted to be just like her." Wakai has been coached by Akira Shiomi, JKF Gojukai Chief Technical Director, and also Yoshimi Inoue at one point.
Wakai's first international victory was at the 2nd Ladies' International Karate Cup in 1997, held in Tokyo. From 1997 to 2004, she was a champion at the All Japan Karatedo Championships for eight consecutive years. She won four consecutive WKF World Karate Championships in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004. She won three consecutive World Games championships in women's kata in 1997, 2001, and 2005. Wakai also won titles at the Asian Games in 1998 and 2002. In 2000, she was listed at 163 cm (5'4") in height and 57 kg (126 lb.) in weight. She won the women's individual kata gold medal at the 6th World Games in Akita, Japan, in 2001.
Following her victory in kata at the World Games in 2005, Wakai retired from karate competition. That same year, she received an Honor of Merit and Distinguished Service from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology. In 2006, she received an Award of Excellence from the Japanese Olympic Committee. In 2007, she became Director of the Seino Transportation Company's karate team. She visited British Columbia to teach in March 2007 and October 2008. She taught in Hawaii in December 2008 and in Florida in June 2009.
- Atsuko Wakai: Profile (English) (2006). Retrieved on March 29, 2010.
- Karate Records: Atsuko Wakai (c. 2006). Retrieved on January 17, 2010.
- Shito-Ryu Seiko-Kai: Atsuko Wakai – WKF World Kata Champion (2008). Retrieved on March 30, 2010.
- Atsuko Wakai: Profile (Japanese) (2006). Retrieved on March 29, 2010.
- Enomoto-Heyl, T. (2000): Ms. Atsuko Wakai Sensei Interview (October 15, 2000). Retrieved on March 29, 2010.
- Karate Canada: Atsuko Wakai profile (2007). Retrieved on March 29, 2010.
- Associação de Karaté de Viseu: International Karate Seminar – Goju-Ryu Kata (2002). Retrieved on March 30, 2010.
- JKF Goju Kai Suisse (French) (c. 2001). Retrieved on March 30, 2010.
- Kobushi Karate: Inoue Ha Shito-Ryu Keishin Kai History (2009). Retrieved on March 30, 2010.
- Japan Karatedo Federation: The 16th World Karate Championships (November 2002). Retrieved on March 30, 2010.
- Japan Karatedo Federation: The 17th World Karate Championships (November 2004). Retrieved on March 30, 2010.
- World Games 2005 Duisburg: Second gold to Russia’s Alexander Guerunov in karate (July 24, 2005). Retrieved on March 30, 2010.
- Anonymous (1998): "Premila, Lee Lee provide the cheer: Tears of joy for one exponent but not the other." New Straits Times (December 16, 1998), p. 40.
- Anonymous (2001): "Americans win medals at World Games." Black Belt, 39(12):122.
- Shito-Ryu Seiko-Kai: Sensei Atsuko Wakai Canada Seminar 2008 (2008). Retrieved on March 30, 2010.
- Consulate-General of Japan in Vancouver: 80th Anniversary Japan-Canada Relations (2008). Retrieved on March 30, 2010.
- Kimura Shukokai Karate Western Canada: Past events (2008). Retrieved on March 30, 2010.
- International Karate Federation: Atsuko Wakai special seminar (2008). Retrieved on March 30, 2010.
- Amateur Athletic Union: USA Karate National Team Camp (2009). Retrieved on March 30, 2010.