1972 World Karate Do
Video Includes highlights of the USA Team Eliminations
and the World Karate Do Championship
This video includes two segments:
1. Eliminations of the USA Team
2. 1972 Paris World Championship highlights.
Qualification tournament held on March 5th, 1972, at Los Angeles and organized by AAKF.
Mainly followers of traditional Japanese karate are selected. The team members are
James Yabe, James Field Jr., Tonny Tulleners, Jerry Morrone, George Byrd, Frank Smith,
Dave Vaughan and John Gehlsen.The Championships take place in Paris, in the Stade de
Coubertin, on the 21st and 22nd April , 1972.
Teams tournament :
The England team eliminates Japan. The French eliminate the English, before beating the
USA. In the finals, France meets Italy. François Petitdemange beats his opponent, as Alain
Setrouk. The Italian Guy Falsione beats Guy Sauvin. Valera gets a draw. Gilbert Gruss beats Schiappacasse.
France wins the gold medal.
1: France (Gilbert Gruss, François Petitdemange, Guy Sauvin, Alain Setrouk and Dominique
2. : Italy (Parisi, Schiappacasse, Munda, Fassione, Falsoni?)
3: United Kingdom
According to some versions, Americans, Canadians and Japanese would have withdrawn,
given the problems encountered with the referees, during the teams tournament. The results:
1st Luiz Tasuke Watanabe/Brazil
2nd William Higgins/G.B.
3rd Guy Sauvin/France