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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World Weight finals 2001-2017

With the 6th World Championship Weight categories (former known as the World Cup) still in mind, and as the official videos released now as we speak – we would like to take a look at the previous editions. And for this occasion we have dug up finals from the 2nd edition and up to now. Initially we have mainly picked up the heavyweight class,except from 2001, Hungary where all the finals for the men are included. Plus Midori Kenji Shihan and Howard Collins Shihan have both demonstrations with kata and breaking.

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Beyond the victory?

In competition – or after it, we always get the question how did it go. The answer we give will the most of the time be based on the results regarding to what place we ended at. And this without thinking of that we maybe fought our best fight against the winner of the tournament for an example. Is it so that it is just a romantic cliché: “The most important thing is not to win, but to participate”

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JFKO All Japan Open – finals!

This years All Japan Open, The 4th All Japan Open weight categories – Japan Full-Contact Karate Organisation – JFKO was held in May. With some of the Shinkyokushin profiles aimed for the 6th Word Championship, and with stronger impact from other full contact organizations – the results changed Significantly from previous years, and for many several new profiles stood up with great skills and spirit!

Syota Yamaguchi ,Byakuren-Kaikan.

Winner of Super heavyweight category 4th JFKO.

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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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Russian Top Level – Videos!

russisk_flagg-Kopi11All Russia Championship in Weight Categories was held i December 2016. The level of the Russian fighters, their level is very good,and in Europe it is very interesting to follow – since they do not have them in the EC. And not least now that we are up to this summer’s World Championships in weight classes. And many thinks that Russia will enter with some of the favorites..

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Women Finals of the year 2016 – Inspirations..

swedish-open_20120915_0711-kopiAs the previous article we will look at some of the finals held in 2016. This time it is directed against women classes and some of the athletes who have been prominent there. As in the men’s division, unfortunately we could not get as many we wish. But an excerpt from the same tournament we had the article about men’s classes. The fighting style evolves and there is no doubt that there has never been higher level level than now.

It is also more and more fighting across the organisations borders, and that gives an extra excitements in to it.

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