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

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Interview with World Champion Szepesi Csenge

Szepesi Csenge became World Champion at the 11th World Karate Championships (WKO), which was held from October 31st, to November 1st, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Pictures by Piotr Sztencel

You won World Championships in Japan. How difficult was your way to the victory?
I had a really difficult draw, with 4 Japanese and 1 Lithuanian fighter. But as I always say: the winner has to conquer any opponent, therefor the draw should not be an excuse. All of my fights were hard, and I had to concentrate all two days long not to loose my beliefs. At the same time I felt empty inside my soul, so nothing could disturb me.

What was the key moment which led to your victory?
I have maybe felt, but never said that I will win this World Championship, because I can not ensure anything. Life can always make a turn and therefor I just do my job and dont say anything. On the day of the competition I felt a lot of positiveness and power. Everybody around me, my coach Zoltán Polacsek, my sister and all of my friends believed in me. All these circumstances have led me to the victory. Its difficult to say, but I think that the key moment for me to become the World Champion was determined in my Path.

Did you suffer under any injury during the competition? And how about other competitors, your opponents?
I had no injuries. Thats because we also train a lot of defence and hardenour body on every training. Some of the fighters were taped on many parts of their bodies, therefor I think they had some little injuries.

Which match was the most difficult for you?
The most difficult match for me was the semifinal against Misaki Sato. She is an experienced and strong-spirit fighter.

Did you try some specialities of Japanese cuisine?How do you like your stage in Japan?
I absolutely enjoy Japan! This country is impressively beautiful with a rich cultural heritage. It s a pleasure to stay here!

I always try to eat local food. I love Okokomiyaki in Osaka, takoyaki, mochi and of course every kind of sushi. Japanese food is very healthy and delicious!

In which club do you practise Karate and who is your trainer?
I train in Kamikaze Dojo in Sopron-Hungary and my trainer is Shihan Polacsek Zoltán 5th dan.

Have you ever used karate in real life as self-defence?
Im happy that I have never needed to defend myself in my private life. I am a peaceful person and I avoid violence in general.

What are your leisure time activities?
In my free time I really like to go to the cinema, theatre , sightseeing and going to the spa. Of course I also use my free time to go running in the forest, wakeboarding in summer and snowboarding in winter. On weekends I like to party with my friends.

What does Karate mean to you? Has it major place in your life?
Karate is the key to my success, it means a lot to me. Through karate I have learned how to respect people, how to hold on until the end, how not to give up. Karate, it is so much in my life, that I am really happy that I have stepped into the Dojo.

What are your future plans and goals?
I would be really happy, if full contact karate would become an olympic sport. There are so many things to do that I can still explore. My profession as a dentist has a very big role in my private life, and I also concentrate to be excellent in work.

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 Thank you very much for the interview. We wish you all the best in the future. Karate Live

Когато губиш, научаваш нещо ново

В тези видеоклипове ще видим, че боя с един  и същи противник на състезание не означава, че ще завършим срещата със същия резултат като предишния път. Ако си загубил срещата предния път, можете да се преборите с чувството, че това ще се случи отново. Или ако си спечели  може да чувстваш натиска, че трябва да спечелиш отново. В Будо ни учат че трябва да сме над тези неща, да погледне отгоре и да видим всичко в по-голяма перспектива. Така резултатът никога няма да е последното нещо, което правим или ще бъдем запомненени с него. 

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Вижте тези срещи и се убедете, че: “когато губиш, научаваш нещо ново”

► Джими Колин и Орест Прок – Европейско първенство в Белгия 2012 г. и Swedish Open през 2006 г. 

► Следващата двойка бойци ще виждаме още по състезания, защото и двамата са много активни, атрактивни и технични: Габор Роса и Андрей Зиненко – Европейски първенства в Швейцария 2013 г. и Полша 2015


► Следващите две дами са имали две наистина 2 драматични срещи: Маргарита Цуплийте и Еми Шогучи – два финала – Световното първенство без категорий 2011 г. и на световното първенство по категории в Литва 2013


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5 Underrated Reasons You Should Pick Up a Martial Art

“Why study a martial art?” is a question that has many answers. The benefits of the training are widely touted and the popularity of mixed martial arts has brought new insight and perspective to the arts. In my years of participating and coaching in boxing and the martial arts, I’ve heard about every reason a student might have. Some want to learn to defend themselves, while others hope to compete, and some just want a great workout.

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 All are valid and common reasons to study a martial art. These reasons also conjure up familiar images – flowery kicks, fierce punches, and nasty elbows. Such images are part of the appeal and mystique that surrounds the martial arts. Indeed, the workout is among the best out there, and learning to grapple and strike to defend yourself is definitely a valuable skill.

Yet the real reasons to study a martial art go much deeper than the punch or the kick. The journey of a martial artist is a journey of self-discovery. With that in mind, here are five underrated reasons you should learn a martial art.

 1. Discipline and Self-Mastery

“The first and best victory is to conquer self.” – Plato

The root of the word discipline is disciple, as in a willing pupil, a student, or simply “to learn.”While some are born with an iron will, discipline can be learned, albeit sometimes the hard way.

“he irony of self-defense is that our biggest opponent in almost any conflict is within.” 

The trait of discipline is among the most important lessons I gained through the martial arts.Every grueling class, every frustrating attempt at mastering a form, and every gut-wrenching sparring session is a step toward self-discipline.

And the ultimate discipline is mastery of self. The connotation of self-defense assumes an outside force asserting its will against you. Yet the irony of self-defense is that our biggest opponent in almost any conflict is within. I have used martial arts training countless times, but not in the way you might think. I’ve never applied an arm bar in a street fight or knocked an assailer unconscious. Instead, I have used discipline to not react to anger with anger. As valuable as learning the kicks and punches is the discipline of knowing when to use them.

2. Finding Your Flow State

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

Lost in the shuffle behind the blood, sweat, and tears of fighting, grappling, and striking is the word art. It seems incomprehensible that fighting can translate to art. Yet, when I would watch the glorious circular movements of my fellow kung fu students, I saw the expression of beauty. Even boxers, with their intoxicating rhythms, express their own form of art with the grace and style of dancers.

Art is simply the application of a creative skill, and the martial arts teach you how to move your body with grace, efficiency, and power. Artist Henri Matisse said, “Creativity takes courage.” Indeed, all art takes the willingness to be present and truthful, and when we see art, we discover truths about ourselves and life. While you might not become the next Picasso by studying Taekwondo, you will definitely take steps toward discovering your authentic and creative center.

3. The Stillness of Movement

“The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.” – Bruce Lee

Increasingly it seems difficult to unplug from the constant 24/7 bombardment of information, data, and entertainment that seeps into every facet of our daily lives. This is undeniably true where it comes to fitness and many athletic endeavors. It’s hard to find a fitness trend that doesn’t include a shiny bell or whistle in the form of an app, gizmo, or portable device. I’m sure it won’t be long before there is a technology-based martial arts class setting.

“By studying a martial art you will learn how to breathe, how to move your body with precision, and how to have the right mindset in doing so.”

In the meantime, the martial arts remain about the work. That work is the juxtaposition of the internal with the external. There are many ways to fuse the body with the mind, yoga and mediation among them. But the martial arts are unique because of the speed and the stakes.

The martial arts are a haven to unplug and unwind and find stillness in movement. The popular way to move these days seems to be distracting yourself from exercise. In contrast, the martial arts will teach you to move by being present. By studying a martial art you will learn how to breathe, how to move your body with precision, and how to have the right mindset in doing so.

4. Learning to Fight Through Adversity

“I let it go. It’s like swimming against the current. It exhausts you. After a while, whoever you are, you just have to let it go, and the river brings you home.” – Joanne Harris

If you’ve ever been in a riptide current, then you know you can be the strongest swimmer in the world, but not as strong as the current. It’s a lesson you learn again and again in the martial arts – there is always someone bigger, faster, and stronger than you. Every great fighting champion I know of has wound up on his or her back at some point.

Many martial arts, from judo to Brazilian jiu jitsu, are learned first hand in this manner – you must swim with the current. That is, use the energy brought against you and transform adversity to your advantage. Martial arts teach you both successful offense as well as successful defense, when to attack and when to retreat. These concepts are just as applicable in the ring as they are the board room. The martial arts will help you find a way to flow with the current, and though it.

5. Rolling With the Punches

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” – George S. Patton

Martial arts will help you learn to take a hit (literally and figuratively). I recently had a conversation with a new friend who was surprised to learn I spent many years in boxing and the martial arts. “I don’t understand how anyone would intentionally take a hit to the face or head,” she said.

Given the current information related to the dangers of head trauma, it’s a hard point to argue.That said, “taking hits” is something all of us experience on some level many times in our lives. As proof, there are many clichés that speak to rolling with punches and being able to get back up when you’re knocked down.

“The martial artist also learns that one of the greatest skills is the ability to stay calm, relaxed, and present in a fight.”

I would add that taking hits is a transcending life lesson. The greatest athletes, fighters, and artists share a common trait in being wholly present amid incredible tension. Think of a graceful artist giving a courageous performance with the pressure of thousands, if not millions of spectators. Think of a surfer or skier with effortless ease amid the life and death stakes of thirty-foot waves or traveling 90mph downhill. The martial artist also learns that one of the greatest skills is the ability to stay calm, relaxed, and present in a fight.

by Eric C. Stevens

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“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

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

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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

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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.

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French Open 2015

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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

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

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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)

The 11 World karate championship – Results

4 Europeans are on top of the World, and the new Queen of tatami  – Csenge Szepesi. I knew this  will happen one day, I always believed in her because is not secret she is my favorite female fighter from few years. Her winning was the best part of my day.

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Women’s division:

1. Csenge Szepesi (Hungary)
2. Juri Minamihara (Japan) Spirit award.
3. Misaki Sato (Japan)
4. Yui Kikukawa (Japan) Best Technique award

Men’s division:

1. Yuji Shimamoto (Japan)
2. Kembu Iriki (Japan)
3. Lukas Kubilius (Lithuania) Best Tameshiwari (Brian Jacobsen Denmark)
4. Shota Maeda (Japan)  Spirit award
5. Kazufumi Shimamoto (Japan)
6. Nazar Nasirov (Russia) Best Technique award
7. Edgard Secinski (Lithuania)
8. Maciej Mazur (Poland)

Before 11WKC there was so many questions, so many comments about who will be on the top of male division and I knew it will be Japanese fighter because is no secret that  non Japanese will be World champ only with Waza-aris or Ippons. Sensei Valeri had his chances to be one of top 8 but unfortunately it was not his day.

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Photo by Sandy Juhasz
Photos by Sandy Juhasz