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PROFILE OF STEF BIAGIONI

KATA CHAMPION

I am currently a 6th Dan (Rokudan) instructor and I have been a Goju-Ryu practitioner for over 35 years under the leadership of Shihan Arnold de Beer.  I am a Founder member of my organisation (International Shorei of Martial Arts) since 1991, and I am also part my styles Dan National grading panel, as well as tournament director.  I became a full time professional karateka since 1999 and I have established myself with 6 Dojo’s. 

 

My championship record stands as follows:

 

·                     2 x provincial colours – Southern and Eastern Gauteng – Which I have been selected since 1997. 

·                     14 x National (Protea) colours

    • Africa Cup in Senegal - Dakar in 1997.
    • World Cup in Philippines, Manila in 1997.
    • World Championship (WKF) in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro in 1998.
    • Commonwealth karate Championship (WKF) in Scotland, Edinburgh in 2008
    • Africa Cup in Continuo – Benin in 2008
    • Commonwealth Karate Championship (WKF) In Jhb, South Africa in 2009
    • Commonwealth Karate Championship (WKF) In Australia, Sydney in 2011
    • Commonwealth Karate Championship (WKF) In Canada, Montreal in 2013
    • Zone 6 Championship (WKF) 1997,1998,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2013,2014,2015
    • Africa Cup in Senegal (WKF) – Dakar in 2014
    • World Championship (WKF) in Germany, Bremen 2014
    • African Games (SASCOC) in Congo, Brazzaville 2015

·                     Events that I have won Medals

    • South African Goju-Ryu championship (10 times consecutively)
    • Karate South Africa (WKF) Championship (1997,1998,1999,2000,2002,2003,2004,2005, 2007, 2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015)
    • South African All-Style (WKC) Championship (5 times consecutively)
    • Zone 6 Champion 1997, 1998, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
    • UFAK African Cup Champion 1997, 2014
    • World Champion(WKC) 2005, 2007
    • Goodwill Champion 2006
    • Commonwealth Finalist and Champion 2008; 2009; 2013
    • International Bonzai Cup Champion 2012
    • WKF K1 Premier League 2013
    • International Goju-Ryu Weymouth Cup 2013
    • World Goju Ryu Champion 2010; 2013; 2015
    • Italian Open Di Toscana 2014
    • Austria Vienna Open 2014
    • All African Games 2015

 

To date I have competed in 50 international championships, specializing in Kata:

 

  1. 1994 – World Club Championship in Cairo, Egypt (no placing)
  2. 1995 – World Championship in Okinawa, Japan (no placing)
  3. 1996 – World Championship in Osaka, Japan (double Bronze for kata and team kumite)
  4. 1997 – African Zone 6 Championship in Windhoek, Namibia (Gold)
  5. 1997 – African Cup in Senegal, Dakar (Gold)
  6. 1997 – World Cup in Philippines, Manila (rank 17th)
  7. 1998 – African Zone 6 Championship in Gaborone, Botswana (Silver)
  8. 1998 – World Championship in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro (rank 17th)
  9. 1998 – Tri-Nation in South Africa, Durban (Gold)
  10. 2001 – World WKC Championship, Scotland, Hibberdene (rank 4th)
  11. 2003 – World Championship in Okinawa, Japan (rank 9th)
  12. 2005 – World WKC Championship in Serbia Montenegro, Novi Sad (Gold)
  13. 2006 – Zone 6 Championship in Zimbabwe, Harare (Silver)
  14. 2006 – Goodwill Championship in SA (1Gold;5Silver)
  15. 2007 – African Zone 6 Championship in Maputo, Mozambique (Silver)
  16. 2007 – World WKC Championship in Bergamo, Italy (Bronze)
  17. 2008 – Botswana Challenge in Sasolburg, South Africa (Silver)
  18. 2008 – Commonwealth Championship (WKF) in Scotland, Edinburgh (Silver)
  19. 2008 – Africa Cup in Benin, Continuo (Final of Repecharge 5th Place)
  20. 2008 – Zone 6 Championship in South Africa, Pretoria (Bronze)
  21. 2009 - African Zone 6 Championship in Gaborone, Botswana (Silver)
  22. 2009 - Commonwealth Championship (WKF) in JHB, South Africa (Silver; Bronze)
  23. 2009 - World Championship in Okinawa, Japan (Quarter Finals)
  24. 2010 - Zone 6 Championship in Zimbabwe, Harare (Silver)
  25. 2010 – 1st World Goju Ryu Championship in Cascias, Portugal (Bronze)
  26. 2011 – Zone 6 Championship in Maputo, Mozambique (Bronze)
  27. 2011 – International Goju Ryu Cup in Italy, Perugio (No placing)
  28. 2011 - Commonwealth Karate Championship(WKF) In Australia, Sydney (Quarter Finals)
  29. 2012 – Premier League Dutch Open (WKF) in Netherlands, Dordrecht (No placing)
  30. 2012 – Premier League German Open (WKF) in Germany, Hanau (No Placing)
  31. 2012 – International Bonzai Cup Open in Germany, Berlin (Gold)
  32. 2013 - Premier League Dutch Open (WKF) in Netherlands, Dordrecht (No placing)
  33. 2013 – WKF K1 Premier League in Russia,  Tyumen (Bronze)
  34. 2013 – African Zone 6 Championship Namibia Windhoek (Double Bronze)
  35. 2013 – International Friendly Cup England, Weymouth (Gold)
  36. 2013 – 2nd World Goju Ryu Championship, South Africa, Stellenbosch (Gold)
  37. 2013 – Central England International Open, England, Burnham (No placing)
  38. 2013 – Commonwealth Championship, Canada, Montreal (Gold)
  39. 2014 – Elite S A International Open, South  Africa, Durban (Gold; Bronze)
  40. 2014 - Premier League Dutch Open (WKF) in Netherlands, Dordrecht (No placing)
  41. 2014 – Italian Open Di Toscana in Italy, Florence (Silver)
  42. 2014 – African Zone 6 Championship, Zambia, Lusaka (Gold)
  43. 2014 - African Cup (WKF) in Senegal, Dakar (Silver)
  44. 2014 – WKF K1 Premier League Okinawa in Japan  (No placing)
  45. 2014 – Vienna Open in Austria (Double Silver; Bronze)
  46. 2014 - WKF K1 Premier League Salzburg in Austria (Final of Repro charge 5th Place)
  47. 2014 – WKF World Championship Germany in Bremen (ranked 9th)
  48. 2015 – African Zone 6 Championship South Africa, Johannesburg (Gold, Silver Medal)
  49. 2015 – All African games Congo, Brazzaville (Bronze Medal)
  50. 2015 – 3rd World Goju Ryu Championship, New Zealand, Auckland (Silver, Bronze Medal)  

 

Summary: 

I also was part of the South African committee that organised the first African Cup in 1994 that was hosted in South Africa. 

The Martial Arts hall of fame has recognised my achievements and my 30 years of dedication as a martial artist by awarding me with an honorary silver medal (for my Protea colours) and a bronze medal for my years of service.

I was voted as chairman of Eastern Gauteng Karate since 2004 and I am the Founder and Director of the Interschool All Style Karate Championship.  The Interschool has been running successfully since 2002, attracting more than 90 schools with over 600 competitors in South Africa. 

On the academic front I completed an accredited Sport Psychology certificate through UNISA (University of South Africa), cum laude.  

 

  Kind Regards

 Sensei Stef Biagioni

Cell 083 384 3026

Tel 011 705 1080

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