Summer 2000 (8.2)
blackbelt Gurban Taghiyev recently took the World Championship
in the Kumite form of Karate. The 21-year-old competed in Bali,
Indonesia on April 21-23 against 65 other competitors. This is
not the first time that Taghiyev has won the world champion.
He did it before in 1995 in the "age 16 and under category"
for Kata in Mexico. He was also named European Champion in the
1998 competition held in Germany. In 1997, he won silver in the
World Championship in Japan in the category of "up to 19
Photo: World Karate Champion
Gurban Taghiyev with Yashar Bashirov, President of the National
Karate Federation of Azerbaijan.
Taghiyev began training in Karate 11 years ago with coach Akif
Aliyev in Ganja, a city in Northwestern Azerbaijan. In 1995,
he entered the Azerbaijan State Physical Training Academy in
Baku. His coach is Hidayat Shabanov. Today Taghiyev is an instructor
in various types of World Karate at Azerbaijan's National Karate-do
Federation and also serves as a member in Azerbaijan's armed
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