Anatolii Zhuravel, Ukraine

Anatolii Zhuravel, Ukraine

A very interesting young fighter with good all round skills, aggressive strong style combined with good techniques and combinations – and proven several times capacity to end fights before full time. Fresh off a solid win in the Szolnok European Cup 2017, being double EC-22 Champions 2015/16. Runner up in the KWU EC in 2016, and made a very strong impression in the 11th World Championship in 2015, when he made it to the second day beating Japanese top fighter Kazuya Yamamoto among others.

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Valeri Dimitrov seminar 23/9 2017

Saturday 23rd September Tomodachi Dojo, Switzerland, will organize a seminar with Valeri Dimitrov Sensei! Do not miss the opportunity to train under the lead of one of the best fighters we have. A fighter that have taken more medals and top spots alone than many national teams have done together! But for all that know Valeri Dimitrov, it is something more than than an extraordinary fighter. Get ready to amused at several levels – 23rd September – make room in the calendar!

Valeri Dimitrov 4th Dan, Bulgaria.

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Kata seminar – Hungary 2017

Hungary starts of this fall semester with several highlight. Fighters are waiting for the Europa Open Szolnok Kupa, held 2.September, 2017.An very tough and high level tournament that all fighter will have on their record. But as it is now, not only sharped fighters should make place in the calendar. Shinichi Sotodate Shihan 6th Dan, will also have a Kata seminar during this weekend!

Shinichi Sotodate Shihan 6th Dan, was recently awarded 6th Dan for his long time hard work in the WKO, traveling around the world has been common.

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More “gold” for profiles!

As the most of you know, new grades from WKO was announced some days ago, as always we like to take a closer look at some of the persons that have been awarded a higher rank. We released many (especially younger practitioners) do not know many of the profiles that for many years have given enormous contribution to WKO – and still do!

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Strong achievement from Hungarian profiles

In connection with this year’s World Championship in Kazakhstan, Astana, there have been meeting activities, training and graduation to higher degrees. This time there were several well-known WKO profiles who stood on the ranks to test their level. Among the grades two very Significant persons was at the line of testing. We are taking a look towards Hungary this time..

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Konrad Kozubowski, Poland

konrad2017Konrad Kozubowski, Poland.

Is a very good performer who holds top level in both Kata and Kumite. This year, 2017, he noted 2nd place in Kumite and 1st place in Kata in the European Championship. In the EC context, he has been well-placed several times and also won the Kata class. Polish Champion more than one time in Kata and Kumite, and many remember a strong performance in Swedish Open, ending as the runner up in a Top European line up, light weight category.

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大山 倍達 Ōyama Masutatsu, July 27th, 1923 – April 26, 1994

554722_4028595471970_279844951_n – Kopi大山 倍達 Ōyama Masutatsu.

July 27th, 1923 – April 26, 1994.

Ōyama Masutatsuwho founded Kyokushin Karate, considered the first and most influential style of full contact karate.

No doubt that Kyokushin Karate changed – not only the karate aspect, but the Full-contact setting in total.

Where had you been today without Oyama, and Kyokushin Karate?

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Sara Hägge, Sweden

sara_HaggeSara Hägge, Sweden.

An excellent example of what it means to never give up in order to reach one’s goals. Many times received The spirit Award for her huge fighting-heart. Handles every technical aspect, have fought against the best, and have records that are solid. Has won several Open tournaments as Scottish, Swedish, Danish. Branko Memorial and taken step by step up to the European top. Two times runner up in the Diamond Cup, 3rd place in EC 2016, European Champion 2017.

Photo by Annika Peterson  (website)

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黒澤浩樹 – Hiroki Kurosawa

kurosawa17Hiroki Kurosawa.

The name will immediately give us associations to mental strength beyond the normal, physical stamina and determination that has made him world famous. And he will also for always represent the true soul of bushido.

We can not writhe, say or make something that describe Hiroki Kurosawa completely.

We can only thank him for all inspiration, and for given us perspective of how far a strong spirit can bring us.

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