As we all know the World Fullcontact Karate Organization will host the first World Championship in Japan next year. The WFKO has systematic grown in the wake of JFKO, which has long been well established. This spring we watched the 5th JFKO All Japan Open tournament – and could confirm top level, top support. The 1st European Fullcontact Karate Championship will as we know be a selection tournament to Japan 2020. But before this, there are also a similar tournament to be held in France 19-21 September. At last we are going into a new phase – and there is a lot of questions regarding to this settings..
One week ago the final selection for the 12th World Championship was held in Prague. Besides 33 fighters in the open-weight women division the tournament also was European Championship for Cadets, Juniors and U-21 in total close to 500 competitors was gathered in the Czech Republic for EC. Results and write ups have already been done, but we like to dive into this with some thoughts from our point of view.
In one weeks almost 500 Karatekas will be gathered in Prague, Czech Republic for the European Open weight Championship and the U-category/ cadets. Our focus are drawn to the open-weight category for women – since this is the selection for the World Tournament later on. But also on the menu Cadets, Juniors and Youth – Kata, not to forget. The Open weight category have at the time 33 fighters, from 14 nations..
The 5th All Japan Open Japan Fullcontact Karate Organisation JFKO weight category are now history, and we witness so many good fighters from the land of the raising sun. We have been pointing out the high number of fighters, and the huge support of many different Fullcontact organisations and styles. Now we get the chance to see the very high level these top fighters of the world possesses. And as mention we will see many of the best in the World Championship later this year. And this tournament prove that the JFKO continues to pull in the right direction – improving every time.
After a intense first day it is safe to say that The 5th All Japan Open JFKO tournament keeps a sky high level! With amazingly many very competent fighters in the line up, one really do have have “something extra” Another point is that the categories are so big, that it will give the top fighters a almost similar set up – as the World tournament. Fighting trough two days in categories with 108,82,65 and 48 (men’s division) and 39,29, 8 and 21 (women’s division) And do not forget that the FINAL DAY will be streamed LIVE.
EKO EUROPEAN KARATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR CADETS, JUNIORS and YOUTHS,
2nd EKO selection tournament women Open weight for the 12th World Championship.
Jun 27-29.2019 – Prague, Czech Republic. Once again, a big tournament has come, and a five-day schedule is ready…(note not official poster)
The Polish national will always bee interesting to follow. Poland being one of the top nations in Europe, with highly competent teams and fighters. For many of the fighters this was only two weeks after they fought in the European Championship – that could easily be challenging! Newly European Champions did also attend “another day at work” one could say. Photo from https://www.facebook.com/lamot.dojo.wroclaw/
12-13. April 2019, Lithuania, Vilnius – European Championship Shinkyokushin was organized. The women division divided into five categories contained some of the best fighters in the game – not only in Europe but also world wide.But the remarkable factor was how incredible well prepared young fighters was. Not only coming into the senior tournament “to see whats up” but challenging the top as well.This was seen several times, physically as well as technically. There are no doubt that the new generation of fighters are pushing the action – but never underestimate good practice and experience.
12-13. April 2019, Lithuania, Vilnius – European Championship Shinkyokushin was organized.With some of the favorites out of the tournament, one could think that some big hole must be filled…but EKO Shinkyokushin – “The fight dispenser” took care of that! And should we just writhe a hymn..that’s have rimes with nineteen and Dimitrov?!
The level of organizing was at its very best – as we are used to see from Lithuania. Siemens Arena holds a very high standard, good capacity, good air and space. And the action on the tatami – have we seen it so even between the nations before? The favorites are still the favorites – but nothing can be taken for granted.
European Championship Shinkyokushin weight categories 2019 – counting down! Once again, the line-up and the support of the championship are at its best. It is clear now that the Shin EC are stable at the top. Comparing to others, the number of fighters in categories and not at least their proven level puts these EC trophies in the category “Most wanted” This edition we have an EC with over 225 contenders only seniors, only fighters from the European region. WKO/EKO are one of the few that manage to fill their categories at a respectable level when it comes to high status tournaments. The most powerful category +65kg women!