IFK World Kata Championships 2019 announced

We are pleased to announce the IFK World Kata Championships will be held in Papendal, Netherlands, on the 27th April 2019.

This event will be for adult and U18 participants selected by their IFK Country Representatives.

All details will be loaded onto the event website shortly.

The IFK will also hold an International Seminar at the Papendal Sportscentre from 24th April - 26th April. This seminar is for all styles and not restricted to only IFK.

Seminar participants must be a minimum of 6th Kyu and 14 years old. Any U18 student who attends the camp with a responsible adult in charge.

Christian Nugent (1958-2018)

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With deep sadness we announce the passing of the Christian Nugent the Country Representative of the Reunion Islands. 

Originally a Godan in Shotokan Christian joined the IFK in 2013 working with the representative in Mauritius to integrate into the organisation he became a Nidan in Kyokushin in 2016.

Our condolences are with the family at this difficult time.

1958-2018

RIP

3rd KWU World Tournament, held in Ekaterinburg, Russia

WHAT A SHOW!

As the IFK reflect on the success of the 3rd KWU World Championships in Ekaterinburg we can only marvel at the work of the organisers.

This event has set the bar as to where we would aim to be if we achieved Olympic status and it shows we are more than capable of doing it. The opening ceremony was an extravaganza of colour and sound that brought the stadium to life and we thank both the organisers and the creative directors for their vision.

This 3rd edition of the championships showed the KWU is learning from their mistakes in the past.  Competitor check-in procedures were slicker, judging seminars focused on the main issues and as in so many events we didn't witness lots of long speeches by the dignitaries. The athletes were the stars and they rightly took centre stage.

242 competitors from 48 countries meant the majority of the weight categories had solid participation.

Of course the KWU could achieve much higher numbers by allowing more than one participant from a country in each division but this would defeat their aim. We all hold our own championships with our own rules, weights and participation levels. This must be different, the five kilogram categories are suitable for an Olympic programme and as with the other combat sports we follow the example of one athlete per country.

It is interesting to note that for Karate in the 2020 Olympics it is scheduled for each of the six weight categories to have a maximum of 10 athletes only. At the KWU Championships thirteen of fifteen categories achieved more than that number.

Focusing on the performance of the IFK once again we must be proud to have played a major role in its success. We had 52 fighters from 17 countries and topped the medal table with 6 different countries achieving prizes.

Of course our major contributor was the top team in the championships Russia, but we also gained medals from Great Britain, Ireland, Iran, Belarus and an amazing gold from Greece!

Emma Markwell - Silver medal winner

Emma Markwell - Silver medal winner

Maria Papadopoulou - Gold medal winner

Maria Papadopoulou - Gold medal winner

Time to be United!

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.

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.

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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Country representative changes to Armenia, Bolivia, Italy and Sri Lanka

The IFK wish to announce some changes within Country Representative roles.

We are pleased to announce Mr Andranik Hakobyan as the new representative of IFK Armenia, taking over from Mr Minas Pogosyan.

Mr Sajith Lakmal Wellalage is the new representative of IFK Sri Lanka.

IFK Italy representative, Andrea Stoppa, has stepped down from the IFK; we are in the process of appointing a replacement.

Lastly, we are pleased to announce Bolivia has joined the IFK with Mr Abel Herrada taking the role of country representative.

Mr Andranik Hakobyan - IFK Armenia

Mr Andranik Hakobyan - IFK Armenia

Mr Sajith Lakmal Wellalage - IFK Sri Lanka

Mr Sajith Lakmal Wellalage - IFK Sri Lanka

Mr Abel Herrada

Mr Abel Herrada

A successful 3rd IFK World Black Belt Seminar - family from all across the globe

The 3rd IFK World Black Belt Seminar took place between 27th April and 1st May at the famous Papendal Olympic Sports Centre in the Netherlands.

Hanshi Steve Arneil along with his instructors Shihan's David Pickthall, Liam Keaveney, Alexander Taniushkin, Eddy Gabathuler, Janine Davies, Victor Fomin and Alexey Gorokhov hosted sessions on Kihon, Kata, Kumite and Weapons along with guest classes in BJJ and Krav Maga.  Additionally, special guest instructor Shihan Semmy Schilt joined the group.

175 black belts from 21 countries participated with a final-day "kyu grade" open day.

Countries included:
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Iran, the Netherlands, Nepal, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA.

The IFK want to thank the organising team led by Sensei Kevin van der Boor who have done a tremendous job to make this event run smoothly.

More pictures on our Facebook page

World Black Belt Seminar, April 30th 2016, Papendal Holland

IFK Australia Summer Camp 2016

IFK – Australia Summer Camp Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th January 2016

We had a great time at the recent IFK-Australia Summer Camp with Shihan David Pickthall from the UK taking 3 days of great karate. Covering areas of Kihon, Kata and Kumite, with around 60 people attending the camp over the 3 days. 

What a treat to train with such a talented and inspirational Karateka such as Shihan David Pickthall. Again the highlight of the camp was the beach session on the Sunday morning we all had a lot of fun.

Again it is great to see other Kyokushin Organisations supporting this event, thank you to Sensei Daniel Trifu from (KWF) AFK, Sensei Graeme Rose “Rengokai”, Sensei Daniel Langworthy and Shihan Trevor Trainer and for bringing along your students. As we are all working towards a United Kyokushin! Osu and thank you for your support.

 Can’t wait for the camp again next year, OSU!”

Doping results from the 2015 KWU World Championship. 6 Fighters stripped of titles.

The Organizing Committee of the 2nd KWU Kyokushin World Championship among men and women in weight categories held last October in Khabarovsk announces results of the doping testing.

During the Championship 56 Samples were taken from the athletes prize-winners to test them on usage of prohibited substances taken for better results.  After all the necessary procedures involved in this process, decision made of the Supreme Judge of the 2nd KWU Kyokushin World Championship in Khabarovsk, by Shihan Yuri Trutnev are as follows...

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Anna Virabyan - World champion -55kg the 2nd KWU championship 2015

Anna Virabyan - World champion -55kg the 2nd KWU championship 2015

IFK Champions at Kyokushinkan All Japan Tournament 2015

The IFK gained two champions at the Kyokushinkan All Japan Tournament held in Tokyo on 14th-15th November.

Vladislav Dybskii of Russia won the -65kg cadet category and Emma Markwell of Great Britain won the Women's Openweight title.

 

 

The 1st Full Contact Karate Camp - history in the making

The 1st Full Contact Karate Camp, open to all participants of contact karate, was held in Ostende Belgium 5-7 June, and organised by Shihan Keon Spitaels and Shihan Gilbert Cleveringa of WKO Shinkyokushin.

The Camp had over 400 karateka from 19 different countries and was supported by the IFK from Poland, Ireland, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, UK and Belgium.

Other countires included: USA - CANADA - NORWAY - POLAND - DENMARK - SWEDEN - LITHUANIA - IRELAND - THE NETHERLANDS - FRANCE - GERMANY - SWISS - AUSTRIA - SPAIN - JAPAN - LUXEMBOURG - UK - ROMANIA - BELGIUM

The Camp instructors were:

Shihan Kenji Midori - President WKO Shinkyokushin

Shihan David Pickthall - Vice President IFK

Shihan Dave Jonkers - Head of AIKO Ashihara

Shihan Koen Spitaels - Belgium WKO Representative

Shihan Jan Bulow - Danish WKO Representative

Shihan Semmy Schilt - multi time K-1 Champion AIKO Ashihara

Sensei Jonathan Tineo - multi time Champion Spanish All Japan Union (Rengokai)

Shihan Lu Eekhaut - Belgium All Japan Union Representative

Shihan Gilbert Cleveringa - Dutch WKO Representative

Shihan Jesus Talan - Spanish WKO Representative

Remigiusz Kapinski - Polish WKO Representative

Many other Shihans were in attendance including IFK Swiss CR Shihan Eddy Gabathuler, Shihan Koi and Sensei Watanabe from Japan, EKO President Shihan Koen Scharrenburg and the grading panel of EKO Shinkyokushin.

 

 

IFK U21 World Tournament results

The IFK U21 World Tournament was held on the 21st March in Greece. 

Results are as follows

U14 GIRLS -35KG

1ST BURAVLEVA ALINA IFK RUSSIA

2nd MAMONOVA SVETLANA IFK RUSSIA

 

U14 GIRLS -40KG

1ST TSATINIAN MARIAM IFK GREECE

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2nd SAKHAROVA ELBIRA IFK RUSSIA

3rd ADELE MANAMAL IFK REUNION ISLAND


U14 GIRLS -45KG

1ST NEUPOMNYASHCHIKH VIOLETTA IFK RUSSIA

2nd BAKHTUROVA VALERIIA IFK RUSSIA

3rd SOUMELIDOU SOTIRIA IFK GREECE

3rd ARVANITI NIKOLETA IFK GREECE


U14 GIRLS +45 KG

1ST GRABOR VLATISLAVA IFK RUSSIA

2nd BASHAKOVA EKATERINA IFK RUSSIA

3rd MISSIN EVANGELIA IFK GREECE

3rd VANJA STEVANOVIC IFK SERBIA


U14 BOYS -40KG

1ST KRUTOVSKI DANIIL IFK RUSSIA

2nd BOEV IAEOSLAV IFK RUSSIA

3rd LUCA MOLDOVAN IFK ROMANIA

3rd LOUIS ANDRE GOULAY IFK REUNION ISLAND

U14 BOYS -45KG

1ST FILIMONOV VIACHESLAV IFK RUSSIA

2nd ARTUR AREYAN KYOKUSHINKAN ARMENIA

3rd VASILIADIS XHRISTOS IFK GREECE

3rd DAVID KARAPETYAN KYOKUSHINKAN ARMENIA


U14 BOYS -50KG

1ST DYBSKII DENIS IFK RUSSIA

2nd BADIN DANIL IFK RUSSIA

3rd MATEI POPESCU IFK ROMANIA

3rd THOMOPOULOS PANAGIOTIS IFK GERMANY


U14 BOYS -55KG

1ST PISMEROV VADIM IFK RUSSIA

2nd ARTEM BOBKOV IKO MATSUSHIMA RUSSIA

3rd PARMAKIDIS DIMITRIS IFK GREECE

3rd ZILOTIN ANTON IFK RUSSIA

               

U14 BOYS +55KG

1ST PLATONOV ARTEM IFK RUSSIA

2nd ARTEM PETROV IFK RUSSIA

3rd SEMEN PERMINOV KYOKUSHINKAN GERMANY


U16 GIRLS -45KG

1ST VALERIA LOZANOVA KYOKUSHINKAN BULGARIA

2nd BALOBANOVA POLINA IFK RUSSIA


U16 GIRLS -50KG

1ST GUMENNYKH ANASTISIIA IFK RUSSIA

2nd KITTI KRIETL IFK HUNGARY

3rd MISHEL DANAVA IFK BULGARIA

3rd KOTENKO ELENA IFK RUSSIA

                 

U16 GIRLS -55KG

1ST POZDEEVA NATALIIA IFK RUSSIA

2nd SHEMINA EKATERINA IFK RUSSIA

3rd KATA DEZSO IFK HUNGARY

3rd TOVA AXELASSON ALL JAPAN UNION SWEDEN

               

U16 GIRLS +55KG

1ST SUCHKOVA ELENA IFK RUSSIA

2nd AGNES WESTRIN ALL JAPAN UNION SWEDEN

3rd DUBROVSKAIA POLINA IFK RUSSIA

3rd YANA VAN GEENHOVEN RENGOKAI BELGIUM

                 

U16 BOYS -55KG

1ST TRAPENIKOV VADIM IFK RUSSIA

2nd SAVIV DMITRII IFK RUSSIA

3rd MORENO NAN DE VOORT IFK NETHERLAND

3rd YAN TAN IFK KAZAKHSTAN

                 

U16 BOYS -60KG

1ST SIEDIEV MURADKHAN IFK RUSSIA

2nd TEN ANATOLII IFK RUSSIA

3rd IONUT AGHIR IFK ROMANIA

3rd DAMIAN PRONK IFK NETHERLAND


U16 BOYS -65KG

1ST GINOSIAN GARIK IFK RUSSIA

2nd SOZAEV AMIRLAN IFK RUSSIA

3rd GEOGIOS GIAGIAS IFK GREECE

3rd STEPAN GRIGORYAN KYOKUSHINKAN ARMENIA

                 

U16 BOYS -70KG

1ST GONCHAROV ARTEM IFK RUSSIA

2nd SHCHEKIN ILIA IFK RUSSIA

3rd TORGOM ASATRYAN KYOKUSHINKAN ARMENIA

3rd SAROGLOU GIANNIS IFK GREECE

                 

U16 BOYS +70KG

1ST KONOVALOV VLADIMIR IFK RUSSIA

2nd NUNGESSER EDUARD IFK RUSSIA

3rd KOUTRAS CHRISTOS IFK GREECE

3rd DAVID VORREN IFK NORWAY


U18 GIRLS -58KG

1ST BOLSHAKOVA MARIIA IFK RUSSIA

2nd RAFAELLA TSAKIRI IFK GREECE

3rd LARA SEYDEL WIBK GERMANY

3rd MARINE BARSEGHYAN KYOKUSHINKAN ARMENIA

                                 

U18 GIRLS +58KG

1ST MARKOVA POLINA IFK RUSSIA

2nd VDOVINA EKATERINA IFK RUSSIA

3rd VIKTORIA KREITL IFK HUNGARY

3rd GAUCH CHANTAL IFK SWITZERLAND

                                 

U18 BOYS -68KG

1ST NESTEROV EGOR IFK RUSSIA

2nd TUMASHEV IVAN IFK RUSSIA

3rd MYKOLA MATEROSIAN KYOKUSHINKAN ARMENIA

3rd STRATOS GIOURAS IFK GREECE

                               

U18 BOYS -78KG

1ST BEZRUKOV ALEXANDER IFK RUSSIA

2nd BOTVINNIKOV ILYA IFK RUSSIA

3rd KIRILL KOLYASNIKOV IFK KAZAKHSTAN

3rd NAREK ABOYAN KYOKUSHINKAN ARMENIA


 U18 BOYS +78KG

1ST GRACHEV ALEKSANDR IFK RUSSIA

2nd BEZMATERNYKH NIKITA IFK RUSSIA

3rd CVETELIN SPASOV IFK BULGARIA


U21 LADIES - 60KG

1ST DORONINA KSENIA IFK RUSSIA

2nd HAYLEY BETH ROWLANDS IFK GREAT BRITAIN

3rd MAVROUDI SOFIA IFK GREECE

3rd FILINOVA VALENTINA IFK RUSSIA

                 

U21 LADIES +60KG

1ST PAPADOPOULOU MARIA IFK GREECE

2nd IGNATEVA OLGA IFK RUSSIA

3rd KOLESMIKOVA VALERIIA IFK RUSSIA

3rd CHELSEA KERLDAAN IFK NETHERLAND

                 

U21 MENS -70KG

1ST GRIBKOV ALEKSANDR IFK RUSSIA

2nd DROZD ALEXANDER IFK RUSSIA

3rd DAWID OZGA IFK GREAT BRITAIN

3rd ADEM AYSUN IFK BULGARIA

                 

U21 MENS -80KG

1ST JONAS ROSIN ALL JAPAN UNION SWEDEN

2nd NATHAN WILLIAM IFK GREAT BRITAIN

3rd LUKE BALDWIN IFK GREAT BRITAIN

3rd FOMENKO MARK IFK RUSSIA

                 

U21 MENS +80KG

1ST KONDRATEV ANDREI IFK RUSSIA

2nd ARAMIAN GNEL IFK RUSSIA

3rd IGOR ANGALD KYOKUSHINKAN GERMANY

3rd HRISTO ILIEV IFK BULGARIA


               

CLICKER TEAM

1ST GREAT BRITAIN A

2nd SWITZERLAND A

3rd GREAT BRITAIN B

3rd SWITZERLAND B

               

U16 CLICKER BOYS -160CM

1ST AARON SHEEHAN IFK GREAT BRITAIN

2nd OLIVER FATHERS IFK GREAT BRITAIN

3rd AARON JANKA IFK SWITZERLAND

3rd NATHAN SAMMY IFK GREAT BRITAIN

                 

U16 CLICKER BOYS +160CM

1ST LUKE STUBBS IFK GREAT BRITAIN

2nd EGGER MSVERICK IFK SWITZERLAND

3rd DYLAN BALDWIN IFK GREAT BRITAIN

3rd CONOR FITZPATRICK IFK IRELAND

                 

U16 CLICKER GIRLS -160CM

1st STACEY MILENTIJEVIC IFK GREAT BRITAIN

2nd SOPHIE HOBBS IFK GREAT BRITAIN

3rd JAMIE MAY ROWLANDS IFK GREAT BRITAIN

3rd FABIA SCHONENBERGER IFK SWITZERLAND

                 

U16 CLICKER GIRLS +160CM

1st ELENA EDWARDS IFK GREAT BRITAIN

2nd REMMI AZIZ IFK GREAT BRITAIN

3rd JOLEIN ODERMATT IFK SWITZERLAND

3rd KAYLEY MORRIS IFK GREAT BRITAIN


MOST SPIRITED FIGHTER:  MARIA PAPADOPOULOU (IFK GREECE)

FASTEST KO:  ARAMIAN GNEL (17 SECONDS) (IFK RUSSIA)

BEST TECHNIQUE:  JONAS ROSIN (ALL JAPAN UNION SWEDEN)

CHIEF REFEREE KYOKUSHIN RULES: SHIHAN ALEX KERRIGAN

CHIEF REFEREE CLICKER:  SHIHAN RAY BOND


2nd KWU Kyokushin World Championships

The IFK is proud to announce the 2nd KWU Kyokushin World Championship among men and women weight categories will be held in Khabarovsk, Russia on 3-4th October, 2015.

Representatives of National Federations, who have passed national qualifying championships with calling in all interested Kyokushin groups in a particular country at age 18 years and above, with a style qualification not less than 4th kyu are able to participate in the World Championship.

The time and place of the National Qualifying championships are defined jointly by the representatives of the international organsations listed in the "Members" section on www.kwunion.com

Australian Summer Camp with Shihan Pickthall

The IFK Australia hosted their Summer Camp in Sydney from 23rd-25th January under the guidance of Shihan David Pickthall.  There were 10 sessions covering aspects of the IFK Syllabus, Kata and Kumite plus beach training. This open event was also supported by senior instructors of other Kyokushin groups.

Thanks go to Shihan Doug Turnbull and Senseis Shaharin Yussof and Jenny Fuller for all their hard work organising the event.