4th Dan (degree) Black Belt
Kyokushin-kan Branch Chief
Sensei Bernard Adeline was born and raised in the Seychelles, a country and island chain in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of East Africa. In 1982, encouraged by his older brother, Sensei began studying Robukai Karate until one day in 1985 Sensei's long time mentor, Shihan Phillip Moustache, decided to make the switch to Kyokushin. On that day, Sensei fell in love with the Karate of Masutatsu “Mas” Oyama, and ever since he’s lived by The Kyokushin Way!
- 1991 - Victoria Seychelles Men's Open Weight (Victoria, Seychelles) - 4th Place
- 1992 - Singapore International Open Karate Tournament - Oyama Cup (Singapore)
- 1992 - Men's Medium Weight Karate Tournament (Victoria, Seychelles) - 1st Place
- 1995 - 1st All Africa Knockdown Tournament (Capetown, South Africa)
- 1995 - 6th World Open Karate Tournament (Tokyo, Japan)
- 1995 - Men's Open Weight Karate Tournament (Victoria, Seychelles) - 1st Place
- 1996 - National Knockdown Tournament, Medium Weight (Victoria, Seychelles) - 1st Place
- 1997 - World Weight Tournament (Tokyo, Japan)
- 1997 - 2nd All Africa Knockdown Tournament (Capetown, South Africa)
- 1999 - 7th World Open Tournament (Tokyo, Japan)
- 1999 - Men's Open Weight Karate Tournament (Victoria, Seychelles) - 2nd Place
- 1999 - National Knockdown Tournament, Light Heavyweight (Victoria, Seychelles) - 1st Place
- 2001 - World Weight Tournament (Osaka, Japan)
- 2001 - 4th Indian Ocean Knockdown Tournament (Port Louis, Mauritius) - 4th Place
Sensei in Action
In Kyokushin Karate, one can test their physical and mental endurance by undertaking a Kumite Challenge. The test consists of a number rounds (e.g. 20, 50, etc.) that last for one and a half to two minutes long with usually only a minute or two between rounds. Typically in each round, the Karateka undergoing the test will face similarly or higher-ranked opponents, and may face an opponent a few times in the course of the test (depending on the number of opponents available to participate).
The most famous of this challenge is the 100-man Kumite.
Sensei Adeline has completed two of these tests, a 30-man Kumite in 1996 and a 40-man Kumite in 1998. Though years of injury has kept him from competing and undertaking kumite challenges, Sensei's Kyokushin spirit wishes he still could!