Kyokushin World Fedaration
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Spain, 2020 December 22nd,

Dear KWF members, Shihans, Senseis, Senpais and all other Kyokushin friends, This is the third time I am addressing you this year. We are about to close a remarkable year. A year in which we and our lives proved to be more vulnerable than we thought. A year in which we came across something that did not care who or what we are. Also, a year in which we were confronted with our responsibility for the health of the people around us. We have been put to the test over the past year, in our friendships and in the way we had to give Kyokushin a place in our lives. We had to make choices, to do things differently. We had to be careful with our friends and family because it turned out that careless behavior could also be a danger to those around us. We learned to deal with restrictions as they were imposed, and we found different ways to teach our students and give substance to our friendship. Kyokushin friendships are characterized by the fact that they are generally at a distance. They deepen every time we meet again, at a championships or seminar anywhere in the world. But since the COVID crisis, we must miss this reunion. And yet, we managed to stay in touch and give substance to these friendships in an alternative way. Supported by mail, Zoom, Teams and YouTube, we stayed in full-contact! We gave Kyokushin lessons via the internet and so we stayed in touch with our students. It proves once again that Kyokushin connects people, no matter what. Loss was an important theme in 2020: loss of freedom, loss of jobs and some of us have lost loved ones. As KWF, we said goodbye to Shihan Hollander and Shihan Tanaka. During these holidays, we will cherish their memory. The year 2020 also brought good things. Many of us have become more aware of the value of things we always took for granted. We started to train more intensively ourselves. Next to physical growth we also started to look for more mental growth. In short, despite of this setback we have become stronger, in Kyokushin and certainly also as human beings. Many of us have mirrored the life of Sosai Oyama and his solitary training in the mountains. Sosai has always been in search of harmony between society and the traditional art of bushido. He was a modest man who respected the traditions and values of both systems. In his period of self-isolation, he discovered that his role in this world was more than being the best karate master. He understood he had to do better than just that. His 3rd Letter from the President of KWF to all members focus in training was to get perfect balance and unity in physical supremacy, modesty and wisdom. This is the untold truth in superior Kyokushin Spirit. By being an example to the world, Sosai was blessed. “Keep your head low, eyes high, mouth shut; base yourself on filial piety and benefit others” Sosai Masutatsu Oyama Sosai understood that being a great man did not depend on a lot of attention, a high position and worldly wealth. He preferred to be modest and humble because he realized this made him more effective as a human being. The Covid pandemic forces us into a similar situation of self-isolation. I fully understand that it can be difficult not to be in the spotlights, the lack of attention being away from the public and not able to attend championships. Especially in those moments we have to persevere in training and mediation just like Sosai did. This is the only way to understand the true meaning of Kyokushin Spirit. We are almost at the beginning of a new year: 2021. A year in which the expectation is that slowly the world will open again. Let us continue to focus on the things that have been so important in our lives over the past year. We are entering a new year full of challenges. I express the hope that we will focus on what unites us and that we will find the energy to overcome divisions. After all, the past year has shown once again that together we stand stronger. Let us focus on a future in which we must deal sensibly with the freedoms that we are slowly regaining. Let us make plans, for each other and with each other. Let us make plans for our Kyokushin for the new year in which, hopefully, we will meet again regularly. I look forward to it. I appreciate your effort in Kyokushin last year and I am proud of the good work you all did in your countries and dojo’s. I look forward to working with you in the next year and meeting you soon in good health. I wish you all happy holidays and a new year full of prosperity, health and happiness.


Antonio Piñero

President KWF

The Iraqi Central Kyokushin Karate Federation established a winter training camp in northern Iraq with the participation of 260 players. The camp’s components included kata, kihon, and fighting plans for 4 days and 2 times in the day. At the last day was a belt graduation test.
This camp was leadershiped by KWF Iraq and all orginizations join it ( kaikan - ifk- iko3- ikkf- woko- kwu- oyama karate - so kyokushin -iko berry group ).

Text by shihan Ammar A. Whayeb
Preisdent iraqi federation


At the end of October, in the city of Pervomaisk (Mykolaiv region), the grand opening of the new KWF dojo took place.

Sensei Dmytro Nikolaiev, KWF Country Representative in Ukraine, beeing a guest of honor at the opening ceremony, sincerely congratulated the Head of the KWF Dojo Senpai Yuri Galimon and his entire team of athletes on this significant event.

Traditionally, to thunderous applause from the audience, the guests of honor cut the symbolic ribbon, thereby giving a new life to the dojo. In the new modern dojo, there are all necessary equipment for full-fledged workouts and comfortable showers. 60 KWF members will train here.

We wish Senpai Yuri Galimon and his students not to stop there, to move forward, conquering new peaks.

В Украине открыто новое KWF-додзё

В конце октября в городе Первомайск (Николаевская область) состоялось торжественное открытие нового KWF-додзё

На торжественной церемонии открытия в качестве почетного гостя присутствовал Национальный представитель KWF в Украине сенсей Дмитрий Николаев, который искренне поздравил с этим значительным событием Руководителя додзё KWF сэмпая Юрия Галимона и весь его коллектив спортсменов.

Традиционно под бурные аплодисменты собравшихся почетные гости перерезали символическую ленту, тем самым дали новую жизнь додзё. В новом современном додзё, есть необходимый инвентарь для проведения полноценных тренировок, так же есть комфортабельные раздевалки, в которых есть душ и туалет.Здесь будут тренироваться 80 членов KWF.

Желаем сэмпаю Юрию Галимону и его воспитанникам не останавливаться на достигнутом, двигаться вперед, покоряя новые вершины.

KWF Country Representative Dmytro Nikolaiev


On 16-17 and 18 October 2020, the city of Tatuí, a city in the interior of São Pauolo, received a visit from the national representative, shihan Antonio Pereira.

The main objective of this seminar was to bring together (what COVID 19 has been preventing) regional KWF representatives who recently joined KWF Brazil to harmonize systems, methods and techniques. Remember that the health protocols were respected.

About 50 students from cities such as São Paulo, Santo André, Campo Grande, Fortaleza and, of course, Tatuí, were present, who were lucky enough to participate in a seminar and train under the guidance of Shihan Antonio Pereira. Refer by geographical distance the presence of sempai Jeferson Gomes Martins from the state of Mato Grosso do Sul and sempai Domingos André from the state of Ceara.

The seminar host and organizer was the KWF representative in Tatuí - São Paulo region - sensei Daniel Martino - President and Technical Director of the Ronin Karate Contact Club Academy. Former international athlete admired and above all respected by everyone, making his accumulated knowledge available to the population in his dojo.

In this event, in addition to the technical work mentioned, we also had as a major objective to outline the strategy for further development of KWF in the region and in Brazil. Now that the meeting between the board of KWF Brasil and the new members has taken place, the tasks to put into practice have been defined, it remains only to move on!

Seminar participants: children and instructors, we express our gratitude to shihan Antonio Pereira, for his generosity and opportunity to obtain an invaluable experience and thus make this seminar a historic landmark of Kyokushin in the city of Tatuí, state of São Paulo and in Brazil generally. Contributing to this success is the technical level presenting during the three days. On Sunday (October 18) in the morning we proceed with the delivery of Kyu banners and certificates.

Everyone, kohais, sempais, senseis and relatives thanks shihan for the warm atmosphere, for new knowledge, for the instructions on how to master this fabulous martial art "Kyokushin" A see you soon!

text by Rubens Oliveira KWF Brasil Secretary


At 4 October 2020 the capital of Ural - Ekaterinburg was visited by an outstanding personality in the field Kyokushin karate, a master of his craft - Pichkunov Alexander – the General Secretary of Kyokushin World Union (KWU), Master of sports of international class Kyokushin karate, Martial Arts, Professional fighter Kyokushinkai, Ichigeki, K-1.
Children from such cities as Sysert, Nizhny Tagil, Verkhnyaya Pyshma, Sredneuralsk and Yekaterinburg were lucky enough to participate in a training seminar under the guidance of Shihan.
The host was the representative of the KWF in Yekaterinburg and the Sverdlovsk region - Evgeny Bocharov, 3rd Dan - President OF the Kyokushin karate club - Istina. At this event, a strategy for further development of KWF in the region was developed. Now that the tasks have been set, we will only move forward! From all Participants of the seminar (almost 200 people): children and instructors, we Express our gratitude to Alexander Pichkunov for the opportunity to get invaluable experience, for an interesting and informative seminar.
Thank you very much for the warm atmosphere, for the new knowledge, for the instructions on the way to mastering Kyokushin. See you soon!

04 октября 2020 года столицу Урала - Екатеринбург посетила выдающаяся личность в области Киокусин каратэ, мастер своего дела - Пичкунов Александр Николаевич – генеральный Секретарь Kyokushin World Union (KWU), Мастер спорта международного класса по Киокусинкай каратэ, Мастер Боевых Искусств, Профессиональный Российский боец Киокусинкай, Ичигеки, К-1.
Ребятам из таких городов как Сысерть, Нижний Тагил, Верхняя Пышма, Среднеуральск и Екатеринбург посчастливилось стать участниками учебно-тренировочного семинара под руководством шихана. Принимающей стороной выступил представитель KWF в Екатеринбурге и Свердловской области - Евгений Бочаров, 3 дан - президент РООСО «Киокусин каратэ - Истина».
На данном мероприятии была выработана стратегия дальнейшего развития KWF в Регионе. Теперь, когда задачи поставлены, будем двигаться только вперёд! От всех участников Семинара (почти 200 человек): ребят и инструкторов выражаем благодарность Александру Пичкунову за возможность получить бесценный опыт, за проведённый интересный, познавательный семинар.
Огромное вам спасибо за тёплую атмосферу, за новый багаж знаний, за наставления в пути освоения Киокусин. До новых встреч!

2020-10-01  KWF IRAQI CAMP


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