KWUCAMP: Reports from KWF and INTERNATIONAL KYOKUSHIN SUMMER CAMP VARNA 2017

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On 2-9 July 2017 the biggest in the World, International Kyokushin Summer Camp was held.

Nearly 1300 participants, representing IFK, Kan, KWF and AKR, were accommodated in six hotels and practiced at the Kamchiya Sports Center. The opening of the camp was made by: Sports Minister of Bulgaria Krasen Kralev, shihan Andre Drewniak, shihan Dawid Pickthall and shihan Ivo Kamenov (main organizer). The program included two obligatory training sessions per day, at 8am and 6pm.

The participants were grouped as follows: black belts, brown and green belts, yellow and blue belts, children and a separate group of fighters. Volunteers could also take part in a Iaido sword training.

Training sessions for black and brown belts were run daily by shihan A. Drewniak (KWF) and shihan D. Pickthall (IFK). World champions Zahari Damyanov (Kan) and Sergey Plekhanov (KWF) as well as other Bulgarian masters, such as shihan Asen Asenov, shihan Marin Mitev, sensei Nikolay Rachev and senpai Petar Martinov, led sessions for the sports group and others.

Shihan Ramil Gabbasov conducted daily training classes for 80 international KWU judges.

The Professional Grand Prix of Bulgaria was held on 5 July. The President of WFKO Aleksander Tanyushkin from Moscow opened the event and the main judge was shihan Andrey Bura. Fighters fought five rounds of 2 minutes each, with a minute’s rest. The first match was won by Aleksander Drozd (Russia) who defeated Andrey Andreev (Bulgaria). The second one was won by Nikolay Yorgov (Bulgaria) who defeated Naoki Morita (Japan). The organizer was the Kyokushin Bulgarian Federation led by shihan I. Kamenov.

Shihan Hatsuo Royama came at the end of the camp to take part in the International Youth Tournament, dan exams and a farewell photo session.

On 7 July was held the International KWU Youth Tournament “Varna Cup” with the participation of about 130 fighters from 16 countries. The main judge was shihan R. Gabbasov and it was opened by shihan A. Drewniak on the behalf of KWU. Prizes were given by shihan H. Royama, shihan A. Drewniak, shihan M. Mitev and sensei N. Rachev. The event was organized by the Bulgarian Kyokushin Federation headed by shihan I. Kamenov.

On 8 July dan examinations were held, supervised by Shihan H. Royama and shihan A. Drewniak.

In the evening the official closure of the camp and a photo session took place in which participated shihan H. Royama and shihan A. Drewniak, as well as all leading instructors. Late in the evening in Varna a Sayonara party for about 400 adult participants was organized in the Rappongi Restaurant.

2nd Unified Dutch Open (2017) - great results for IFK Nederland

On June 10th 2017 IFK Nederland scored big at the Unified Dutch Full Contact Karate Championships that saw participants from almost all major Kyokushin and related organizations (13) and several non-associated dojos. In total 236 participants stepped onto the tatami.

In the adult divisions, IFK Nederland took home 7 podium places (out of a total of 18) three 1st places, three 2nd places and one 3rd place. In the under 18 categories participants from IFK Nederland took home 25 podium places.

 IFK Nederland results:

 Adults:

 Female
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3rd: Kim van Eijk, Nintai Dojo

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2nd: Hilde Wilborts, Noristu Dojo

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1st: Chelsea Kerklaan, Nintai Dojo

 Male
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1st: Kelvin Tienstra, Bushido Dojo
2nd: Ferry Wortman, Sushiho Dojo

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1st: Jan van Beek, Noritsu Dojo

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2nd: Michel Meuldijk, Sushiho Dojo

Under 18:

Girls 7-8 years
2nd Elise Zeggelaar Sushiho

Girls 9-10 years, class 1
1st Angel Spaans, Da Graca

Girls 9-10 years, class 2
1st Aimee Ancher, Sushiho

Girls 11-12 years, class 1
1st Lyanne Huisman, Sushiho
2nd Megan Pronk, Sushiho
3rd Megan Smits, Sushiho

Girls 11-12 years, class 2
2nd Mariëly Landburg, Nintai

Girls 13-14 years
1st Iraisha Madaran , Da Graca
3rd Liv Kroon, Sushiho

Girls 15-16 years, class 1
2nd Mischa Kruze, Sushiho
3rd Nikki Koster, Sushiho

Girls 15-16 years, class 2
1st Saba Tjong A Tjoe , Da Graca
2nd Kayleigh de Geus, Sushiho

 Boys 9-10 years
1st Jayden de Geus, Sushiho

Boys 11-12 years, class 1
1st Kenley ter Braak, Sushiho
2nd Rechano Chedi, Sushiho

Boys 11-12 years, class 2
1st Djayman van de Voort , Sushiho
2nd Siyar Adanc, Nintai
3rd Krshan Gonesh , Nintai

Boys 13-14 years, class 1
3rd Sem van Luin, Sushiho

Boys 13-14 years, class 2
1st Ferry Hardeman, Bushido

Boys 15-16 years, class 1
1st Sergio Stoop, Bushido
3rd Manuel Ridder , Sandokai

Boys 15-16 years, class 2
2nd Ezra Koopmans, Bushido

Boys 17 years
1st Damian Pronk, Sushiho

3rd IFK Tunisia seminar with Shihan David Pickthall and Sensei Moss Ageli

IFK Tunisia hosted the 3rd seminar under the guidance of Shihan David Pickthall and Sensei Moss Ageli.

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The Seminar was split into three regions with sessions held in Sousse, Tunis and finishing in Kairouan course with a grading test.  All seminars were well attended with between 120-180 students in each.

Thanks must go to Country representative Sensei Fethi Nasra and his team who worked tirelessly to make the seminars a great success.

IFK Kuwait 11th Camp with Shihan Felix Ntumazah

We have completed the IFK Kuwait annual camp with Shihan Felix Ntumazah.

The camp was excellent, and Shihan Felix did everything possible to introduce to us his method of training and fighting strategy.  The camp included different groups and other martial arts. 

We also held All IFK juniors and girls sessions.

IFK Belarus Spring Seminar, and Budo Festival

IFK Belarus hosted their spring seminar with Shihan David Pickthall and conducted a Budo Festival in the city of Brest.

Over one thousand students took part over the three day seminar focusing on kihon, kata and kumite sessions. 

The Budo Festival was managed by Country Representative Dmitry Alehnovich who had seven hundred participants in their mass demonstration. The event also feature many of the different arts in the region and the Police and Army did combat demos with Kyokushin instructors.

Shihan Eddy Gabathuler was also a guest along with Country reps Shihan Oleg Sereda (Ukraine) and Sensei Dariusz Struski (Poland). Shihan Franz Slavinsky was their representing Russia and Vladimirs Talapins (Latvia)., including students form these countries at the seminar.

IFK Russian Championships 2017 results

Results from Russian Championships IFK 2017

Male -70kg

1. Chmunevich Sergei

2. Mansurov Marsel

3. Tumashev Ivan

4. Miheev Artem

Male -80kg

1. Nazaretyan Artem

2. Mezhevtsov Stanislav

3. Bezrukov Aleksandr

4. Sorokopudov Aleksandr

Male -90kg

1. Ryadnov Igor

2. Kulgachev Aleksei

3. Lyalikov Artem

4. Pavlov Sergei

Male +90kg

1. Ishakhneli Vitaly

2. Karshigeev Aleksandr

3. Tilov Artur 

4. Veselov Maxim

Female -60kg

1. Efremova Anna

2. Artemova Rimma

3. Berezova Svetlana

4. Zhukovskya Maria

Female +60kg

1. Sabaeva Angelica

2. Panova Maria

3. Perminova Elizaveta

4. Popova Polina

Uruguay Summer Camp 2017 with Shihan David Pickthall

The 6th Uruguay Summer Camp was held in Salinas Montevideo from the 10th-12th March under the instruction of Shihan David Pickthall. 

Participants from all the Uruguayan dojos attended along with the Country Representatives of Brazil Jeovaldo Barreto and Chile German Caru. Also in attendance was the VP of IFK Canada Jonathan Hemond and Planning committee member Pascal Hemond. Several students from these countries participated and it was good to see former Brazilian Champion and participant from the 5th World Tournament Shihan Luiz Feitoza train in the seminar. Its been 26 years since Shihan Pickthall and Feitoza fought in Japan together and the Brazilian fighters are certainly fortunate to have Shihan Luiz prepare them for our upcoming World Tournament in Romania.

The camp featured sessions in all aspects of the IFK and finished with a dan test for the Chile participants.

Thanks must go to Sensei German Carballo for organising such a good camp with his team of Noelia Carballo, Rocio Gonzalez, Santiago Mosco and Claudia Lopez.

Polish Winter Camp 2017 with Shihan Alexei Gorokhov

The Polish Winter Camp took place in Luneia from 17th to 19th February. Shihan Alexei Gorokhov was the instructor for the fighting camp, which was attended by about 50 Karatekas from Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Switzerland. Organisations: IFK and Shinkyokushin

Country Representative Sensei Dariusz Struski was joined by Swiss Representative and IFK Board member Shihan Eddy Gabathuler and Belarus Country rep Dmitry Alechnovich in participating in this camp.

UAE 1st IFK Cup 2017

UAE hosted the 1st IFK Cup at the Al Taneen Chinese Karate and Fitness centre in Sharjah. The event had participants from IFK, Shinkyokushin, Tezuka, Byakuren Karate and International Budokan Union.

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Country Representative Shamseer CK had the assistance of Indian Representative Santanu Gangly in the running of the event which was the first of its kind in the region.

There was also the largest Martial Arts demonstration held in UAE with IFK participating.

IFK Australia Clicker Championship 2017 - Results

Once again, we had a great tournament on Sunday 26th Feb, with over 70 competitors.  Congratulations to everyone who took part, and of course in particular to all those who placed. Someone has to win; that's what competition is all about.

A big well done also to all the officials. For some of them it was the first time "live" and they all performed very well. Still, there's always room for improvement, as with anything in life, and we will always strive towards that. Thanks also to the volunteers who handled the score keeping. 

A big thank you to all the parents who supported the event by making the effort to be there while their children learn to compete, to deal with winning and losing, sportsmanship, teamwork, and camaraderie.

Needless to say, we also thank all those who helped set up the day before and pack up after the tournament. These are important components of any tournament, and we always welcome people who volunteer to help (as we all do) with  all the logistical aspects of our events.  Let us know if you'd like to help with the next one.

The next tournament for IFKKA is Full Contact - from 11 yrs/ 8th kyu and up, 26th June.

IFK Belgium Winter Camp 2017

The IFK Belgium Wintercamp was held in Kasterlee from 10-12 February under the guidance of Shihan David Pickthall and Shihan Janine Davies with the assistance of Country Representative Shihan Etienne van Holt and Sutani Dojo Leader Shihan Benny Gelyukens.

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Our thanks go out to the karateka from Belgium IFK, Shinkyokushin and Rengokai as well as IFK Germany, IFK Bolivia and IFK France who participated in the camp which focused on elements of Kihon, kata and Kumite.

There was a grading test at the camp. Congratulations go to Sensei Hans Broeckart 3 Dan, Senpai An Beyers and Kevin van Holt 2 Dan and Senpai Jelle Strybosch, Tine Beyers and Erwin Hoebus 1st Dans.   Sensei Dave Geentjens was also promoted to 4th Dan. Well done to all.

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IFK ROMANIAN - Sibiu SPARRING SESSION and KUMITE NATIONAL CAMP

Between 28 to 29 January 2017 held IFK ROMANIAN - Sibiu SPARRING SESSION and KUMITE NATIONAL CAMP.

The goal of this event was to prepare IFK ROMANIAN Team for ''KWU European Championship for Children and Youth 2017- Berlin, Germany'' , 5th IFK Kyokushin World Tournament 2017 - Sibiu, Romania and KWU World Championship 2017 - Tokyo, Japan.

The event was attended by fighters from 7 cities of the country.

IFK ROMANIA wishes to thank them for participating fighters from Urban Samurai Dojo (WKO Shinkyokushin) and Hachiman Dojo (IKO Romania)

At the end of the event, also held IFK ROMANIA meeting for organize 5th IFK World Tournament 2017 - Sibiu, Romania.

14th Annual Summer Camp 2017 with Shihan David Pickthall

This weekend the 14th Annual Australian Summer Camp was held in Sydney under the guidance for Shihan David Pickthall.

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Over 50 students attended during the three days of intensive training focusing on Kihon, Kata and Kumite.

We thank Shihan Jim Phillips, Sensei’s Graeme Rose, Daniel Langworthy and Senpai,s Cesar Cabrera, Rodney Eve,Ben Vale, Shaun Buchanan plus their students for supporting this IFK Australia event.

All of the IFK Board were in attendance with Country Representative Jenny Fuller, Shihan Doug Turnbull and Shihan Shaharin Yussof organising the camp.

First IFK Uruguay Kyu Grading Exam of 2017

On January 7th, 2017, at the Italian Society premises in Mercedes City, the first 2017 IFK Uruguay KYU grading exam took place. 25 students from Dojos located in the cities of Mercedes, Dolores and Salto took their exams (ranging from 10th to 1st Kyu).

The board of examiners included authorities of the Kyokushin Kai Uruguayan Association (A.K.K.U): Sensei Germán Carballo (IFK Uruguay Country Representative and A.K.K.U. President), Senpai Santiago Mosco (A.K.K.U. Vice-president), and Senpai Mario Hornos (Coordinator for Soriano).

We congratulate all the students on their performance as well as the spirit and companionship demonstrated during the exam. It´s now time to enjoy what you´ve all earned and keep moving forward!!

OSU!

Award ceremony of the 5th KWUCHAMP 2016 – pictures

The 5th KWU Kyokushin Open World Youth Championship took place in Varna, Bulgaria on December 3-4, in beautiful Palace of Culture and Sport.

666 fighters from 33 countries fought for 32 sets of medals in 3 age groups – 12-13, 14-15 and 16-17 years old.  The tournament's level of fighting, as compared to the previous Youth World Championship, has grown considerably. The girls and boys who won the right to hear the anthem of their country are a real strong future of Kyokushin karate.

Here are the pictures from winners ceremony, good emotions and happy faces, captured on photos by Andrey Kurtiy from superkarate.ru

Karate into the Olympics, and how it affects the KWU

The following is an extract of an article from KWU General Secretary, Sergey Suvorov, commenting on the inclusion of karate into the 2020 Olympics, discusses the prospect of KWU in this process.

Everyone knows that World Karate Federation WKF was repeatedly storming Olympic leadership for inclusion of karate in the programme of the Olympic Games and now, finally, the dream of the millions of karatekas all over the world came true and this kind of sports will be represented at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 year. I’d like to note immediately that this refers now only to the participation in Tokyo Olympics. There 4 more such sports as karate. This is the novation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and it deals with the reformatory strategy of the new IOC leadership and personally with the president Tomas Bach. Indeed, according to the Olympic Charter (in essence the charter of IOC) rotation of sports for every Olympics follows the principle one in – one out (one enters and another one exits the programme of the Olympic Games).However, the Olympic Session as the supreme authority has the right to solve any questions, which deal with development of Olympic movement, which was decided after the Olympic Games in Sochi-2014.  Therefore, for participation in the programme of Games 2024 WKF will have to go through the difficult voting procedure again under the condition that the country-holder of the Olympic Games will nominate this kind of sports. 

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Seminar in Romania with Shihan Alex Kerrigan and David Pickthall

Shihan Alex Kerrigan, IFK Chief Referee and Shihan David Pickthall held a seminar in Sibiu, Romania from 24-27 November organised by Country Representative Sensei Christian Hirsch and Sensei Iulian Birt.

Approximately 80 karateka took part in the sessions which featured kumite, knockdown referees courses plus a grading. 

The trip was also an opportunity to visit the venue for the 5th World Championships and meeting with the Vice President of the region council and the Vice Mayor of the city and discuss planning of the event.

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