Denne helgen avholes en av de virkelig tyngre turneringene i Europa – Shinkyokushin Open-Weight European Championship. Nivået er skyhøyt, og i årets line up er det pakket med fighters som har tatt titler i alt av organisasjoner og turneringer. Og NKO er mist oppe det hele! Tidsplan LIVE og trekning foreligger..Dette EM er altså åpen vekt for seniorer, samtidig egne klasser for U-21,U-16. Med disse tre klassene er det alikevel over 420 utøvere fordelt på 25 land. Dette gjør sitt til at det er av betydelig størrelse. Antall utøvere er ofte ikke noe målestokk ift størrelse, ettersom det har blitt mer og mer vanlig rundt om, å fylle på med barn helt ned i 8-10 års alderen. Det er det heldigvis ikke behov for i dette tilfelle.
European Championship Open Weight – in two weeks! And as we know the U-21 and U-16 European Championship as well. The European Championship Shinkyokushin will take place on 23-24 November 2018, Friday and Saturday, in the city of Budapest, Hungary. The Open Weight tournament has always been interesting – just for for the fact that it is open weight. The great support of the tournament gives us the hardest line up up to now! Not only in numbers, but also looking at the profiles ho attend – if one manage to reaching the podium, it would be a great achievement!
Mention several times before, one of the occasion was at the 17th All Asia Shinkyokushin Championship held two months ago. This time it was participating in the KWF World Championship held in Astana, Kazakhstan. The top spots in the tournament was mainly shared among Japan and Kazakhstan. Most of the top spots fell to other organizations, only in the women’s category did the host manage to capture some top spots.
After a great day of fighting with many very interesting match up, the results are ready. Favorites checked in as expected, and the main impression is that many up and coming young fighters are really well prepared. The technical level are clear to see backed up with good physical shape.
French Open Shinkyokushin will be held 23rd February 2019. This will be the 11th edition of the popular tournament, and ill as always offer categories to all levels: Elite, novice and old master category. The tournament has been at a good international level, mainly fighters from Europe – but also some fighters from outside the European region.. (Picture from Morgan Leguen see official album)
The weekend 19-21st October was the Norwegian fall-camp organized at Finnsnes, North Norway, by Finnsnes Karate-club Shinkyokushin. For the first time in Finnsnes – Japanese instructors was the headliners. Ochanomizu Dojo’s head instructors Kumiko Sunakawa Shihan and Mitsuhiro Izumi Sensei. For most of us Sunakawa Shihan is the known profile, but being a instructor in Ochanomitzu Dojo, Mitsuhiro Izumi are highly skilled instructor as well! The camp gathered participants from Finland, Sweden and Norway..
20th October, the Polish top elite meet to crown the Polish best women and man in the Open Weight category. But it was not only Open-weight, Kata and the championship for youth was also held – top of that “Old masters” category. The championship gathered participants from all over Poland, over 240 athletes from 81 clubs..
A couple of days ago the start list for this years Branko Bošnjak Memorial was released. Once again this sails up to be a very interesting tournament. With ten nations – and that from some, or to be accurate: the strongest nations in Europe. Hungary, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Greece, Sweden, Poland, France, Austria, Spain, and of course the home fighters from Croatia.
A interesting mix of fighters are ready, and as a little extra excitement some of the fighters are competing in a higher weight class than we are use to see them.
Organized by the oldest Kyokushin Dojo in Norway, Bergen The Kyokushin Open have a great history of international fighting. Three years back Poland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway attended the tournament, several organisations, styles and independent full contact practitioners joined. two year new nations entered the tournament, as Hungary and Italy joined! And Last year France and Lithuania! And ladies – sharpen your shins, as before in this tournament there will be no shin-protection in the women`s category.