Ramon Mares With Nikkei Karate Directors Kevin Suzuki (R) and Ron Murayama (L)
Bushido Award
2016 Winner - 
Ramon Mares
The Nikkei Karate Committee is proud to announce the 2016 Budo award to Ramon Mares of Boyle Heights Karate-Do.  Ramon is the son of long time instructor Enrique Mares. He has been training since age 3 and competing since age 5. Ramon  was bestowed the award for his excellent display of sportsmanship and karate proficiency. He is a prime example of a true karateka displaying not only excellent skill but humility as well. He is a long time supporter of the Nikkei games, has won several medals and continues to be an excellent role model to all young karateka.

Congratulations Sensei Mares !


The Bushido Award is given to the competitor that has demonstrated karate in the true spirit of budo. It is not necessarily given to the best competitor but is also awarded for extrodinary displays of sportsmanship and spirit.

The winner is selected by the Nikkei Karate Committee. A trophy is awarded and the winner recognized at the subsequent years event. Winners need not be selected every year, only if a competitor displays the necessary qualifications.

When we select an award winner, it is not about the who the best fighter is or who does the best kata. It is primarily about demonstration of the martial spirit. It is about a competitor that exemplifies the true values of Bushido (warrior’s code). Proper attitude is paramount. The competitor is a humble when winning and is respectful when losing. When fighting, the competitor exercises proper control and constantly demonstrates good sportsmanship.