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On 20th August 2017 on the initiative of the managers of many branch chiefs of Kyokushin in Poland was celebrate a round birthday of shihan Andre Drewniak. The ceremony took place at most famous Royal Restaurant by Wierzynek in Cracow.

34 branch chiefs of Kyokushin in Poland: Robert Kopciowski, Andrzej Krawontka, Zdzisław Niedźwiedź, Janusz Piórkowski, Witold Stolarczyk, Henryk Orzechowski, Robert Wajgelt, Beata Wajgelt,  Arkadiusz Sukiennik, Andrzej Kłyszo, Ryszard Szubert, Waldemar Leśniewski , Mirosław Guzik, Eliasz Madej, Tomasz Bachowski , Bolanowski Bogusław, Rudawski Sławomir, Krzysztof Mawlichanów, Michał Werner, Cezary Banasik, Jarosław Preis, Piotr Janczak, Stanisław Samsel, Arkadiusz Mikułka, Jerzy Dudziak, Piotr Mazur, Andrzej Czarnecki, Artur Sroka, Jarosław Fruba, Ryszard Semik, Robert Hornik,  Maciej Wójcicki, Jarosław Długołęcki , Dariusz Kudyk,  standing in line and performed seiken chudan tsuki with kiai, were completely surprised shihan Drewniak!

Then in the knight's hall sung best wishes! A toast was erected and shihan Drewniak recived bouquet of 70 white and red roses. Flowers formed kanku sign. Moreover shihan recived oil portrait and ministerial armchair, in which he may meditate on e new and old problems of Kyokushin. Sihan Niedźwiedź read himself prepared facetious poem about a jubilee and his 50-years hard work for Polish Kyokushin. After this, during a dinner with famous crayfish soup, 7 of the others shihans took the voice. In response shihan Drewniak stressed, that polish Kyokushin is very distinguished on the world. In comparison, on 1993 year japan branch chiefs celebrated a 70 birthday of sosai Masutatsu Oyama. During dinner karatekas had a lot of memories.

In the subsequent speeches shihan Drewniak reminded of EC KWF in Poland and Romania on 2018 May and after this he said about 2nd WC KWF in Astana, Kazakhstan on 2918 October. Then he said about a new challenges in a World of Kyokushin and Shotokan.

At the end, after family photo session and a lot of  toasts, shihan Andre Drewniak expreses his thanks to all friends, but specially sensei Arkadiusz Sukiennik and shihan Robert Wajgelt, who were "a spititus movens" of this celebrations 


On 20-13 July 2917 at Krakow Academy of Physical Education there was held the 44th East European Summer Camp in which participated 316 fighters and coaches, including about 40 participants from Belarus, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Kaliningrad, Russia and Ukraine. Training sessions were led by the President of EKF shihan Antonio Pinero and USA Country Representative shihan Leslaw Samitowski from Chicago. Simultaneously there was organized a session for the national team, which was conducted by PKF coaches shihan Andre Drewniak, sensei Maciej Sokolowski and shihan Robert Wajgelt and coach shihan Waclaw Antoniak was introducing WKF fighting regulations. On July 21 at the Conference Hall of the Hotel Justyna, the Annual Meeting of PKO was held, in which more than 40 Polish Branch Representatives took place. On July 22 examinations were conducted for Kyu and Dan and later in the evening a Sayonara party was organized.  Cabaret contest was won by shihan Piorkowski's team. The camp ended the next day with over-one-hour examination fights. All camp participants traditionally received diplomas of participation, poster calendars with a family photo and key rings. The organizer was the Polish Kyokushinkai Organization led by shihan Andre Drewniak.






From the 7th to the 10th of July, the West European Summer Camp was took place for the 50th time led by Shihan Loek Hollander. The first time was in 1968 in Ermelo, here also Sosai Oyama was president, who was then just attended with sensei.

The West European summer camp was the first to launch a long tradition of summer camps throughout the world, many countries and organizations followed this example. This summer camp is famous worldwide because of the tremendous intensity of training and the hardness of the black belt promotion tests. Many special training courses were given here for the first time, such as training in an inflatable tennis hall that is boiled up to 60 degrees Celsius, but also military training with tree trunks. These trainings have now passed the whole world.

The concept of Kyokushin summer camp of Shihan Hollander still fits modern times. This year, the Dutch Kyokushin Karate Organization (NKKO) has created a special program in which Kyokushin is the center of friendship of the past and for the future. We therefore borrowed the theme: "Time to reunite" from the KWU. After all, many black belts and famous shihans from all over the world have shed their blood, sweat and tears on Papendal and achieved a dan-degree here.

The NKKO invited a number of guest instructors this year to make this 50th camp special. Shihan Piñero, Shihan Lezkano, Sensei Pablo Estensoro and Sensei Jonathan Tineo have given fantastic lessons. But also, Kyokushin friends from other organizations like Shihan Koen Scharrenberg, Koen Spitaels, Peter Voogd and Fernando Alonso and Jerome de Timmerman made this camp a good camp in which many have found each other. How nice would it be if we were to give this cooperation more content in the future, didn't Sosai Oyama ever meant this?

A total of around 160 participants have been present from more than 10 countries to participate in this intensive training program, for example the hot air tent training by Shihan Loek Hollander which has not been given for more than 10 years.

Another highlight was the presence on Sunday morning of the Dutch IFK (NKA) who traveled with all the participants from their summer camp to Papendal to train together with us. Sensei Darren Stringer was their guest instructor and together with our Spanish instructors they did a fantastic training and created a great atmosphere with about 250 karateka's from IFK and KWF.

The most beautiful moment during this camp was during the party on Saturday night. Only a few were aware of what was going to happen. All shihans were present in their dogi and were upheld when Shihan Antonio Piñero, chairman of the KWF, spoke. He addressed Shihan Loek Hollander and praised him for his commitment to Kyokushin, a lifetime of his mission that our Shihan Hollander of Sosai Oyama himself received: "Enter the world and make Kyokushin big." On behalf of the all members of the KWF, Shihan Piñero presented the 10th dan to Shihan Loek Hollander who was visibly surprised but also touched. A beautiful moment that many have closed in their hearts.

 The 50th summer camp is now behind us and is one of the most beautiful camps I have ever experienced (since 1983). We are looking forward to the future in which we can celebrate the cooperation and friendships we experienced, and so we celebrate and honor the legacy of Sosai Oyama to make Kyokushin even more bigger and stronger in this world.

The 51st summer camp will be held from 12th to 15th July 2018. See you then OSU!

On behalf of the Dutch Kyokushin Karate Organization

Paul Lorist

Shihan, secretary of the board.


On 2-9 July 2017 the biggest in the World, International Kyokushin Summer Camp was held. Nearly 1000 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 160 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.





July 8th, 2017, on the last day of the 50th, jubilee International Summer Camp in Papendal, Holland, Shihan Loek Hollander received 10th Dan.

On behalf of Board of Kyokushin World Federation and all students Shihan Antonio Pinero had this great honor to hand to Shihan L. Hollander 10th Dan Certificate along with Black Belt with ten golden strips. 

Shihan L. Hollander dedicated all his life to build up strong Kyokushin in Europe as well as all over the world.

As the right hand of Sosai Masutatsu Oyama (especially in International Affairs) he was the member of International Committee of IKO for 50 years and he was responsible for creation of European Kyokushin Organization and supervised development of African Kyokushin. 

Shihan L. Hollander always played exceptionally important role in all IKO World Championships and international camps on all continents.

He created unique European style of Kyokushin trainings.

He put a lot of efforts to spread Kyokushin especially in Eastern European countries, he was leading Eastern European Kyokushin Summer Camps in Krakow, Poland for more than ten times as well as numerous times in other Eastern European countries. 

Nobody in the world more than Shihan L. Hollander deserves to get this extraordinary recognition. 



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