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A NEW KWF DOJO OPENED IN UKRAINE
2020-11-13

At the end of October, in the city of Pervomaisk (Mykolaiv region), the grand opening of the new KWF dojo took place.

Sensei Dmytro Nikolaiev, KWF Country Representative in Ukraine, beeing a guest of honor at the opening ceremony, sincerely congratulated the Head of the KWF Dojo Senpai Yuri Galimon and his entire team of athletes on this significant event.

Traditionally, to thunderous applause from the audience, the guests of honor cut the symbolic ribbon, thereby giving a new life to the dojo.

In the new modern dojo, there are all necessary equipment for full-fledged workouts and comfortable showers.

60 KWF members will train here.

We wish Senpai Yuri Galimon and his students not to stop there, to move forward, conquering new peaks.

В Украине открыто новое KWF-додзё

В конце октября в городе Первомайск (Николаевская область) состоялось торжественное открытие нового KWF-додзё

На торжественной церемонии открытия в качестве почетного гостя присутствовал Национальный представитель KWF в Украине сенсей Дмитрий Николаев, который искренне поздравил с этим значительным событием Руководителя додзё KWF сэмпая Юрия Галимона и весь его коллектив спортсменов.

Традиционно под бурные аплодисменты собравшихся почетные гости перерезали символическую ленту, тем самым дали новую жизнь додзё.

В новом современном додзё, есть необходимый инвентарь для проведения полноценных тренировок, так же есть комфортабельные раздевалки, в которых есть душ и туалет.

Здесь будут тренироваться 80 членов KWF.

Желаем сэмпаю Юрию Галимону и его воспитанникам не останавливаться на достигнутом, двигаться вперед, покоряя новые вершины.

KWF Country Representative Dmytro Nikolaiev


KWF RUSSIA (YEKATERINBURG REGION) SEMINAR WITH SHIHAN ALEXANDR PICHKUNOV KWU GENERAL SECRETARY.
2020-10-06
At 4 October 2020 the capital of Ural - Ekaterinburg was visited by an outstanding personality in the field Kyokushin karate, a master of his craft - Pichkunov Alexander – the General Secretary of Kyokushin World Union (KWU), Master of sports of international class Kyokushin karate, Martial Arts, Professional fighter Kyokushinkai, Ichigeki, K-1. Children from such cities as Sysert, Nizhny Tagil, Verkhnyaya Pyshma, Sredneuralsk and Yekaterinburg were lucky enough to participate in a training seminar under the guidance of Shihan. The host was the representative of the KWF in Yekaterinburg and the Sverdlovsk region - Evgeny Bocharov, 3rd Dan - President OF the Kyokushin karate club - Istina. At this event, a strategy for further development of KWF in the region was developed. Now that the tasks have been set, we will only move forward! From all Participants of the seminar (almost 200 people): children and instructors, we Express our gratitude to Alexander Pichkunov for the opportunity to get invaluable experience, for an interesting and informative seminar. Thank you very much for the warm atmosphere, for the new knowledge, for the instructions on the way to mastering Kyokushin. See you soon!
04 октября 2020 года столицу Урала - Екатеринбург посетила выдающаяся личность в области Киокусин каратэ, мастер своего дела - Пичкунов Александр Николаевич – генеральный Секретарь Kyokushin World Union (KWU), Мастер спорта международного класса по Киокусинкай каратэ, Мастер Боевых Искусств, Профессиональный Российский боец Киокусинкай, Ичигеки, К-1. Ребятам из таких городов как Сысерть, Нижний Тагил, Верхняя Пышма, Среднеуральск и Екатеринбург посчастливилось стать участниками учебно-тренировочного семинара под руководством шихана. Принимающей стороной выступил представитель KWF в Екатеринбурге и Свердловской области - Евгений Бочаров, 3 дан - президент РООСО «Киокусин каратэ - Истина». На данном мероприятии была выработана стратегия дальнейшего развития KWF в Регионе. Теперь, когда задачи поставлены, будем двигаться только вперёд! От всех участников Семинара (почти 200 человек): ребят и инструкторов выражаем благодарность Александру Пичкунову за возможность получить бесценный опыт, за проведённый интересный, познавательный семинар. Огромное вам спасибо за тёплую атмосферу, за новый багаж знаний, за наставления в пути освоения Киокусин. До новых встреч!

THE 2ND LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF KWF TO ALL MEMBERS
2020-09-24

Dear KWF members, Shihans, Senseis, Senpais and all other Kyokushin friends, Some time ago I addressed you about the radical changes in the world as a result of the outbreak of COVID 19. Five months have passed and the consequences of COVID 19 are still incalculable. There is still no medical solution available yet that will put an end to this pandemic.We are starting to find it difficult to cope with the limitations that are affecting our lives. We have had to celebrate our vacations differently, we mainly work from home and practicing Kyokushin in isolation rather than together. Social distancing has become the standard in the world and has great consequences on how we treat each other as human beings.

In February we were able to give to our beloved Shihan Loek Hollander his last farewell in an appropriate way. Shihan Hollander stood at the cradle of the KWF. His whole life was dedicated to Kyokushin. For me personally, his death means the end of a 52-year lasting friendship. For the KWF his passing means that we will have to miss a charismatic leader; a man who was able to connect people and bring them together.

Unfortunately, it was not possible to pay Shihan Nuriyuki Tanaka the same respect at his passing. Shihan Tanaka was a respected member of the KWF-board. We will miss his enthusiasm and commitment to the KWF. The World Cup tournaments in Chiba which he organized together with his wife and many other Kyokushin friends an annual highlight within KWF. Both are forever in our thoughts and we are indebted to them for what they have done for Kyokushin. We wish their family and loved ones the strength to bear this incredible loss.

Within our KWF a lot of activities such as championships, summer camps and exams have been cancelled. Dojo’s are having a hard time because students stay away, since training together is not possible. For many of us it seems to be a lost year, but it does not have to be. Let’s all pick up the gauntlet and start this a new season. A season in which COVID 19 will hopefully come to a standstill. A season in which we have to support each other like we used to do, more than ever. Kyokushin will help us make this start. In some countries the measures have become more flexible
whilst in others extra measures are being taken. Most of all it is important that we do the things we do safely and that we use our common sense. During the training we always use enormous willpower on success and victory. Every day we strive a better tomorrow. Now we have to use this willpower to overcome this crisis together and get back on our feet even stronger than before.

Let us use this time also to think about the future. In my previous letter I already mentioned that this time is an opportunity to strengthen the mental component of your Kyokushin. I referred to the period in which Sosai isolated himself from the world into the mountains to train alone. Currently the world seems to slowly retreat from us and forces us to think about the things that really matters. What worries me most is that intolerance in the world is taking on ever-increasing proportions. Like Sosai, let us use Kyokushin to make the world more beautiful and a little friendlier.

We are all equal and we all deserve the same rights and opportunities in our lives. Friendship is an important element in our organization; the abilities to trust each other, support each other and try to understand each other are core values within Kyokushin. No matter how difficult this can be sometimes. Stay in touch with each other and before you form an opinion look into the motives of others, immerse yourself in people and their motives. Therefore, besides our focus on strengthening our physical skills and strength, we need to balance it with the spiritual and mental
component in our daily training. Sosai Oyama said that the fundamental truth of Kyokushin is one. Sosai also said that Kyokushin would continue to develop over the years. That there would be a
modernization of Kyokushin, training methods, the classification system for championships. He even predicted in the implementation of protective equipment.

Sosai Oyama constantly studied new methods and compared them with the old ones, investigating from new angles. Of course, Kyokushin and the bushido code have their origins in a distant past. However, Kyokushin as well as bushido can only survive if they are seen and lived in a contemporary perspective. It is essential that actions today are determined by the motives based on the existing code translated into modern life. I challenge you to use this COVID time to find your way in this. Nevertheless, let’s not forget to enjoy everyday things that we have long taken for
granted. The pleasure we get from our training, a student’s beautiful kata or an understanding of something that suddenly reveals itself. Personally, I experience this period as a test of my dedication to Kyokushin. In my training the search for harmony, health and personal growth in budo are key. As I’ve always been telling you, this helps me to get better as a person. I invite you to join me on this journey along the path that Sosai has paved for us: The Kyokushin Way.
I wish you all the best and hope to see you soon.

OSU!
Antonio Piñero
President KWF

Spain, 2020 September 20th


FAREWELL CEREMONY OF SHIHAN NORIYUKI TANAKA
2020-09-01

   On August 30, in Chiba TKP Garden City Hall, the Farewell Ceremony of Shihan Noriyuki Tanaka took place. Approximately 300 persons, including dojo members, family and friends, representatives of various karate groups took part in the memorial. 
   Video messages from KWF President Shihan Antonio Pinero and KWF General Secretary Shihan Andre Drewniak were displayed on the screen, followed by the translation in Japanese language. Among the special guests were Shihan Masahiro Kaneko (Kyokushin Kenbukai), Shihan Noriyasu Hamai (Kyokushinkaikan Hamai) and Sensei Andrzej Zacharski (KWF), who gave the farewell speech in honour of the late Shihan Tanaka, who passed away on May 15, 2020. Due to various restrictions concerning the COVID-19 virus, the ceremony was separated from the funeral, which was organized strictly for family members in May.

   Shihan Tanaka was representing KWF in Japan for more than 10 years. He organized many successful international tournaments and seminars, thanks to which hundreds of international karate practicioners were able to participate in and gain the valuable budo experience. Shihan Tanaka passed away due to cancer disease, at the age of 68. 

-GALLERY-


NATIONAL SEMINAR AND DAN TEST IN POLAND (KRAKÓW) 28-29.08.2020
2020-08-31

On August 28-29, 2020, a KWF Seminar was held in Krakow, with about 60 participants on the first day and nearly 100 participants on the second day. Players from the Czech Republic, Germany, Ukraine and Japan also participated in the seminar. The seminar was aimed at training center managers and players, plus exams for Kyu and Dan. On the first day there was a 3-hour Kyu exam in the Polska YMCA hall. The test takers received the Kyu Certificates.

On the second day, there was a warm-up and general development training at MDK Dom Harcerza, conducted by shihan Janusz Piórkowski. An hour-long specialist training with shields was conducted by shihan Andrzej Drewniak and kata training by shihan Bogdan Świątkowski together with the world champion Anna Lisowska. The second training devoted to combat combinations was conducted by World Cup and European Championships medalists: sensei Michał Werner together with sempai Kamil Mastaj.

At the same time, the KWF Examination Committee composed of shihan, shihan: A.Drewniak, R. Kopciowki, J. Piórkowski, Z. Niedźwiedź and H. Orzechowski conducted a 2-hour exam of technique and kata. The culmination of the seminar was an hour-long kumite, secured with helmets and fists. At the end of the exams, the participants of the exams received Certificates of the exam for Dan. The medical care was provided for 2 days by the National Team doctor Krzysztof Mawlichanów.

During the break between the trainings, a meeting was held with the participation of nearly 40 managers of the centers where the most important problems of PZK and the Kyokushin environment were discussed, as well as the schedule of events in 2020. President Maciej Sokołowski presented the Dan Grade Verification program in the context of obligations to the Ministry of Sport and Tourism. 25 center managers attended the Avanti restaurant in Sayonara.

 


2020-08-10  ACTUAL FORMAL REQUIREMENTS FOR DAN GRADES.
2020-08-10  ALL-UKRAINIAN SUMMER SCHOOL KYOKUSHIN KWF 2020
2020-05-05  LETTER FROM EKF TO ALL MEMBERS ABOUT COVID-19 SITUATION.


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