6th Shinkyokushinkai World Championships 2017

Last year it was decided the World Cup to be named World Championship in weight categories so The 6th WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP in weight categories will be on 1-2 July 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan



3 seminars – 2 in Europe, 1 in Canada

► First is the 1st European Fullcontact Karate Camp 2016 – with

  • Shihan Kenji Midori
  • Shihan Yasukazu Koi
  • Sensei Norichica Tsukamoto
  • Sensei Valeri Dimitrov and many more instructors…

Registration is open on karate-camp.eu

► 2nd is training seminar, organized by Shinkyokushinkai France (FSKO) with

  • Sensei Muzaffer Bacak and Shihan Koen Spitaels

bacak & spitaels

More info: sebkyoku@aol.com

► And here is training camp with the great karatekas and teachers:

  • Shihan Brian Fitkin and Shihan Howard Collins 

Seminar will be held in September, 3-5th 2016 in Quebec, Canada


More infomation: www.kimartialartsdojo.com

“Because it’s 2015″*

Please do not take this as a feminist speech! Read words as they are.

Recent months have been filled with so much emotion around large international tournaments. The Kyokushin Women page paid attention to a difference in the size of the trophy for men and women. This has been the way for a long time, but recently the new *Canadian Prime Minister said: “Because it’s 2015” so I do not want to remain silent. No matter if you like women when they fight or not, or you approve of women training karate, please, respect each one of us, respect the work that we do.

I can write a lot about it, but I do not want to sound too feminist, because there is no question about it, it’s about RESPECT. @nadin4ep

The 11th World karate championship 2015
WKO – The 11th World karate championship 2015
IKO The 11th World open championship 2015
IKO – The 11th World open championship 2015


Samantha Williams

Autumn time has come upon us and my favourite part of the year, the start of the Kyokushin Knockdown tournament season. This year like every 4 years was special, as the KWU world tournament, ShinKyokyushin world championships and the IKO world championships were all being held in the space of a few short weeks.

This gives me an opportunity to watch some of my favourite exciting fighters in action such as Valeri Dimitrov, Artem Nazaratyean, Goderzi Kapanadze, Aelita Alekseeva, Maria Lepina, Emi Shoguchi, Csenge Szesepi, Uliana Grebenschikova and Elena Gulko to name a few.

I was extremely disappointed to see the Ladies not being treated the same in some of these competitions, with less prize money and smaller trophies compared to the male competitors. I was glad to see the KWU world championships treating both males and females the same with same size trophies but I am sad to see this not the case for one or two other competitions this season.

I see Kyokushin Women as equal to the Male Karateka as we fight under the same rules, fight the same rounds and complete the same training. There are incredible female fighters who have paved the way for all current and aspiring fighters to look up to. These include Margarita Ciuplyte, Misaki Sato and Veronica Szvotes who’s accolades and talent are something to be aspired too by both genders.

As a competitor and a fan. I know how hard both men and women work and there is no difference. We put in the same hours, work the same in training and work just as hard as the male competitors.

I am just asking the question why are we not treated as equal? A simple question to which I do not know the answer



Emma Markwell 

Hits like a girl? I think you mean, ‘hits like anyone else!’

Whilst away last weekend fighting in France, I was stunned to find myself in a position where the trophies for the winners of the women’s categories were smaller than the men’s. A first place ladies trophy was actually smaller than a third place men’s one. “What’s this about?” I asked myself. Ladies fighting in karate competitions has been the norm for years now. How could one person take away a smaller trophy for a higher achievement than another simply because one is female and one is male?

I’ve been really lucky in my fighting career not to have come across too many scenarios like this. Of course, I’ve previously overheard comments akin to ‘oh the women are fighting now, lets go and get a drink.’ And now I come to think of it, why did I let those comments wash over me, rather than making my point?

After this weekend I felt compelled to spend a little time thinking about where we are in terms of sexism in sport, and also sexism in the health and fitness sector in general.

A simple Google search of ‘sexism in health and fitness’ returns so many pages that I didn’t know where to start.

Why would I ever expect less of my female clients than male ones? I wouldn’t. But similarly – I wouldn’t expect more of them either. I’d expect the same. Physical strength has little to do with it. Yes, as we all know, there are biological differences between men and women. But the traits that make up a fit, healthy individual, things like determination, desire, focus, finding pleasure in healthy foods and working out, are traits that everyone can find and nurture across the board.

Afterall, I’m a personal trainer and I like to train men and women. I’m a karateka and I like to train with men and women. I’m also a fighter and I like to watch men and women fight. It’s that simple. People are people, end of story.

French Open 2015
French Open 2015


Here is some tournaments with the same trophies

The 2nd KWU World championship 2015
The 2nd KWU World championship 2015
WKO - The 5th World cup
WKO – The 5th World cup 2013


The 1st KWU World championship 2013
The 1st KWU World championship 2013





And many many more….

If you read this, thank you for that 🙂 Osu!

*Asked why he went with gender equality in his cabinet, Canadian Prime minister Justin Trudeau said: “Because it’s 2015.”   (November 4, 2015)

1st European Fullcontact Karate Camp 2016

Registration here ► karate-camp.eu


The camp will be held June 3-5, 2016 in Belgium. Organizer is Shihan Koen Spitaels and here you will find information ► EFKO

logo efko

The following instructors already gave their support to come.

  • Shihan Kenji Midori
  • Shihan Semmy Schilt
  • Shihan Yasukazu Koi
  • Sensei Dmitry Savelyev
  • Sensei Norichica Tsukamoto
  • Sensei Jonathan Tineo Chica
  • Sensei Valeri Dimitrov

and many, many other instructors….

efko camp

The EFKO “European Fullcontact Karate Organization” is a name with a mission. EFKO aims to unite all the full contact karate Organizations of Europe. By working together, we all will gain extra value to each of us and to all Fullcontact Karate Organizations.
We can show the world that we are one big family, whatever the country, whatever the organization, whatever the style, whatever the ability or disability , whatever the level.

We are and we must be “ONE BIG FAMILY” where everybody is welcome!

As we knew before, the ‘new’ generation in kyokushin is made of fighters who know each other, who respect each other, who shared experiences that are usually once-in-a-lifetime. There is no rivalry between us, there is no King of the World. All we want is, to share with younger people the unique, life changing experience that we had when we came into kyokushin and we were fighting and training all over the world. We have become friends for life, and it is the younger generation that should profit from that – and repeat the process. Us being together and working together also means a great show of respect for the heritage of Sosai Oyama. We are all equal, in our love and devotion for kyokushin.

In the true meaning of Budo we invite everyone to work together with us. The success will be not the success from one person or Organization but the collaboration between all organizations and everyone with a big heart for Full contact karate.
Besides the fact that we want to gain more value by working together, the collaboration is also very important to become a change for the Olympics. We are working hard to get Karate in the Olympics. Therefore we need to be united. We really hope that with good intentions and a lot of respect for each other we can make history. BIG OSU! 
Koen Spitaels