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Hanshi Arneil has begun studying boxing, judo, and then karate in 1949.

Arneil was the second man to complete the grueling One Hundred Man Kumite Challenge, after the great Masutatsu (Mas) Oyama.

After the first victory over the Japanese fighters in Paris in 1975, the French Karate Federation awarded to Steve Arneil the title of “Best Coach of the world”, He got into the Guinness World Record. 

On January 14th, 2021 Hanshi Steve Arneil 10th Dan, has formally confirmed by letter that he has now retired from his position as President of the International Federation of Karate (IFK).

Since 2013, it has been Hanshi’s wish that Shihan David Pickthall be his successor and this decision has been ratified by the IFK Board and the Country Representatives.

Hanshi will retain his role as Founder of the IFK and his place on the Board of the IFK.

Hanshi Steve Arneil has passed away on July 2, 2021