Ashihara-karate is a strength kind of karate which is considered to be an applied sport and is popular among police officers and special task forces.
In 1995 Igor Makarov founded Ashihara Karate ITERA Club which later became Ashihara Karate ARETI Club with a training center located in the head office of the company.
Later on, the Club was used as a basis to form a national team, which has become one of the strongest in the world. For the time period of 20 years the national team constituted mostly by athletes from Ashihara Karate ARETI took part in 18 Championships and World Cups and was awarded 297 medals (105 – gold, 82 – silver, 110 – bronze).
In the last World Championship in 2014, which took place in Gyor (Hungary), the Russian national team became an absolute winner, taking back the title of World Champion (in 2013 Russia was World Vice-Champion).
World Championship was not held in 2015. Nevertheless, the Russian national team successfully participated in some World Cups and was awarded 25 gold, 16 silver, and 15 bronze medals.