In 1986, a six-year-old Igor Dyachenko was introduced to Karate, a sport that would change his life and eventually, the lives of many more of his students throughout the years.
Igor’s father, a computer scientist at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, took up the sport to build his physical and mental strength and began teaching it to Igor, his curious young son. Within two years, a bond shared by a father and son had evolved into a passion that drove and inspired Igor to commit to a lifetime of study and competition at the highest levels.
Fifteen years later, Igor found himself in the United States, with a singular belief that he shared with his father: Karate is for everyone.
Driven by his dream and empowered by the skills he learned through rigorous and thoughtful training, Igor embarked upon a path to bring the transformative power of Karate to others.
From his vision as a true ambassador of the art and sport of Karate, Karate City was born, and now, the skills Igor learned over a lifetime of dedicated study are making a difference in the lives of children in New York, the country and across the world.
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