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EDITORIAL An interesting array of articles appear in this edition of Kyokushin Magazine and my thanks for the help of many people putting these together. We were grateful to have Shihan Aikra Masuda for an intriguing seminar at Crawley Dojo earlier this year. He is man of great personality and humility and he shared some of his understanding of Kyokushin Karate and he was quite inspiring at many levels. Interviews of a younger generation appear in this edition: Wai Cheung and Darren Stringer give some insight as to what motivates and drives them. Emma Markwell also gives an overview of her training abroad last year. The IFK will host their 4th World Knockdown Tournament in April 2013 at K2 Crawley as the BKK quickly approaches is 50th Anniversary in 2015 - and we hope to celebrate this in some special way with our founder and Chief Instructor Hanshi Steve Arneil (10th Dan) to whom we owe so much. We congratulate IFK Holland who celebrate their 50th Anniversary this year and their Country Representative Kevin Van Der Boor (3rd Dan) gives an overview of training in Holland. To our many Sponsors here today I, as ever, extend my personal thanks and gratitude for your continued support and assistance – because without you - many things would not be possible. Our sponsors range from Corporate support, to Dojos and individuals who all feel the need to “do their bit” for the BKK. You have indeed all made a difference. Thanks as always to Ollie Potter, David Pickthall and Jo Merth for their invaluable assistance in collating the magazine before you today. As I said last year: I hope that no matter what your reason for being at the British Karate Kyokushinkai’s 36th Open National Knockdown Tournament here today - you enjoy your day and bring home with you some memorable moments. As we go to print with Kyokushin Magazine we learn of the tragic death of Nicola Hughes (Oldham Dojo) and we express our deep sadness and shock. Nicola was the daughter of Susan and Bryn Hughes. There are not the words to express our horror and our feelings: and our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to all Nicola’s family and friends. Liam Keaveney Editor


EDITORIAL OFFICE Email: PUBLISHER - British Karate Kyokushinkai EDITORS - Liam Keaveaney & Jo Merth CONTRIBUTORS - Liam Keaveney, David Pickthall, Stuart Wright, Ollie Potter Wai Cheung, Darren Stringer, Emma Markwell, Kevin van de Boer and Janine Davies LAYOUT & DESIGN - Ollie Potter & Liam Keaveney PHOTOGRAPHY - Liam Keaveney, David Pickthall, Ollie Potter, Lawrence Morris and Wullie Rodger Kyokushinkai Magazine welcomes articles and photographs for publication from our readers. However, any views and opinions expressed in contributors material do not necessarily represent those of the Editor in Chief or publishers of Kyokushinkai Magazine. The Kanku, Calligraphy and the word Kyokushinkai™ are registered trade marks of Kyokushin (UK) Limited. IFK logo © BPS Arneil 1992. All rights reserved. “Kyokushinkai Magazine and its Editor reserves the right to edit, alter or revise any material submitted for publication should it be deemed necessary.”and Trameframe for their year on year assistance. As ever Jo Merth, Ollie Potter and Shane Lalor have assisted immeasurably in many ways and my gratitude for their patience, ideas and support. As ever I welcome any articles, photos you may have for the next issue of your magazine.


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Tournament Welcome Shihan Masuda Seminar PC Nicola Hughes British Open Review 2011 IFK Russia Fighters Camp Darren Stringer Kata Interview Summercamp Review 2012 Wai Cheung Interview IFK International News Round Up British Regional Tournament Review 2012 IFK Holland - 50 Years BKK Knockdown Round Up Dokuso Geiko 4th IFK World Tournament Preview

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Hanshi Steve Arneil (10th Dan)

President & Founder Of The British Karate Kyokushinkai I would like to welcome you all to this our 36th Open National Knockdown Tournament here at K2. This event always gives me a great sense of pride and I would like to thank all the officials and spectators who ensure we always have a successful tournament. To all fighters here today, I wish you courage and success – I know the hard work you have undergone to compete here at our tournament. I would like thank all the referees, who do a remarkable job every year and also the BKK Chief Referee Shihan Alex Kerrigan (6th Dan) We held many tournaments across the world this year and I would like to thanks to all my IFK Country Representatives for their hard work and commitment. Next year, 2013, the IFK will be hosting the 4th World Knockdown Tournament here at K2 in April and I hope many people here today will be able to support the IFK at what will be a tremendous international event. My personal thanks to Shihan’s Liam Keaveney and David Pickthall together with Sensei Moss Ageli who have done a tremendous amount of work so far and to all other BKK members who have offered their help and support. Finally my thanks to the British Karate Kyokushinkai Executive Committee who have all worked very hard this year to ensure another successful year at many levels especially Maria Da Costa and Linda Keaveney in their respective rolls within the Committee.

Shihan Alex Kerrigan (6th Dan)

Chief Referee Of The British Karate Kyokushinkai Firstly let me welcome you all here today and a big thank you to all the BKK and IFK officials who have come from many different countries to be here at the 36th Open National Tournament. Today I am sure you will see our referees and judges total dedication and enthusiasm together with the exceptional spirit of our fighters and these are a few of the reasons why our tournaments are the success they are internationally. We have been hosting this event for decades and we continue to develop and advance at many levels. I am proud that I have contributed to the BKK’s success in my role as Chief Referee and I am honoured to support Hanshi Steve Arneil in the promotion of Kyokushin Karate. I have confidence that the referees will be fair and neutral in all decisions made today, regardless of association or country, for that they have my utmost respect and gratitude. I hope everyone enjoy this event.

Shihan Liam Keaveney (6th Dan)

Chairman Of The British Karate Kyokushinkai On behalf of the BKK Executive Committee I welcome all our fighters, officials, referees and spectators here to our 36th British Open Knockdown Tournament incorporating the Cup of Europe. As ever my sincere gratitude to the many fighters from home and abroad who support the BKK at this annual event – without your continued support the tournament would not the success it is. A personal thank you to Shihan David Pickthall who has worked relentlessly to ensure a truly “international” take up at this event and also for his suggestion that we open the novice event to fighters outside the BKK. A final note of thanks to the many people who contribute to the days success and not least a personal note of thanks to our Medical Team and John Hunt who, year on year, do a remarkable and wonderful job. Next year will be a very demanding one for Hanshi Steve Arneil and the IFK with preparations for the World Tournament amidst his punishing travel schedule – Hanshi welcome’s help and support form the BKK and IFK at any level and we hope that as many people as possible can help, guide and assist in the mile-stone for Hanshi.







Hanshi with Shihan Masuda

Seminar with Shihan Akira Masuda BKK Crawley dojo were fortunate enough to host a seminar by Kyokushin legend Shihan Akira Masuda. Shihan Masuda was visiting Europe and taking seminars in Italy and France with IFK dojos. The event was a sell out with in hours of it being advertised and 34 students had the opportunity of spending over 3 hours learning various combat ideas. The seminar was split into two sections firstly working on Shihan Masuda’s Freestyle fighting system that is used by his IBMA organisation and secondly traditional knockdown techniques. Freestyle rules are very similar to old style Kyokushin with a great emphasis on take downs. There is limited grabbing but no ground fighting. Once a takedown has been achieved you must finish your opponent from a good fighting stance. Hanshi Arneil and Shihan Liam Keaveney also visited the seminar and it is hoped that the IFK can work with Shihan Masuda on future projects.







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Nicola Hughes - BKK Oldham Dojo - 16th October 1988 – 18th September 2012 On behalf of the BKK we express our deep sadness and shock at the death of Nicola Hughes in Manchester on 18th September. Nicola was the daughter of Susan and Bryn Hughes (Oldham Dojo). Nicola joined the Greater Manchester Police in 2009, serving all three years with the Tameside division. Nicola and her colleague Fiona Bone were killed during a routine operation in Tameside. The two unarmed police officers were killed in a gun and grenade attack. There are not the words to express our horror and our feelings: and our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to all Nicola’s and Fiona’s family and friends. I have used the following quote before but it feels so apt at the loss of Nicola: There are times of suffering which remain in our lives like black absolutes, and are not blotted out. Fortunate are those for whom these black stars shed some sort of light. May the unexpected radiance of black stars heal and transform even the deepest hurt, the deepest darkness we have known, into a new light, a new radiance. The following is a tribute to Nicola by her father Bryn Hughes Nicola was born 16th October 1988 at the Royal Oldham Hospital, she grew up in Oldham and attended Saddleworth High School and Oldham 6th Form College where she studied Law and Psychology. After one term at Huddersfield University she decided a career in the Police Service is what she wanted joining the Greater Manchester Policeforce in 2009. She was posted to a neighborhood Policing Team before joining the response team in Hyde (Tameside Division) in 2010. She was extremely proud when she recently passed her response driving course which officially allowed her to speed! Her Karate career began in 2001 after much encouragement from me and her brother Sam and quickly progressed to 3rd Kyu under the instruction of Sensei Al Jelly and myself. She attended her one and only Summer Camp in 2005 and thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie and final days fighting; she came away with bruises she was immensely proud of. Nicola was a very proud and meticulous person who prided herself on her commitment to completing everything she did to the best of her ability and that little bit more, tributes from her Inspector and Sergeant say they have never known a Police Officer who gave so much dedication and devotion in a long, long time. I have spoken to her Sergeant who recalls the times they spent on Friday nights around the local pubs, ‘she had the heart of a Lion’ and was never afraid of anyone no matter of their size or stature.

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Nicola was more than just a Police Officer, she was a Daughter, Sister, Grand-Daughter, Step-Daughter, Partner, Niece, Cousin, Friend and Colleague. She was so full of energy it was amazing, she loved life and cared about people, she was never afraid to speak her mind and will leave a huge hole in the lives of the people she touched. The community where she worked are shocked by the tragic events, her friends are devastated and her colleagues are numb with shock. On the 18th September 2012 I lost my daughter and Sam lost his sister but the world lost a young vibrant shining example to us all, live life to the full and never settle for second best.

Nicola Hughes and members of Oldham Dojo at Summer Camp 2005

Nicola Hughes with Hanshi and members of Oldham Dojo at Crystal Palace



British Open Knockdown Tournament October 3rd 2011 - K2 Crawley Open Womens -60kg 1st, Priscilla Lambregtse (IFK Holland) 2nd, Nataliya Koshlina (IFK Ashtrakan) 3rd, Cecilia Wallin (Shinkyokushin Sweden) 3rd, Dina Klajic (Shinkyokushin Sweden) Open Womens +60kg 1st, Lia Howlett (Dunmow) 2nd, Marina Sobanina (IFK St Petersburg) 3rd, Mariya Panova (IFK Novosbrisk) 3rd, Kelly Balmer (Crystal Palace)

Mens Lightweight Winners

Open Mens Lightweight 1st, Daniel Redondo (Rengokai Spain) 2nd, Vladimir Soldatov (IFK St Petersburg) 3rd, Wesley Jansen (IFK Holland) 3rd, Darren Stringer (Crawley) Open Mens Middleweight 1st, Alexey Mezhevtsov (IFK Moscow) 2nd, Wai Cheung (Crystal Palace) 3rd, Arnold Cijntje (IFK Holland) 3rd, Jordi Torres (IFK Spain) Mens Middleweight Winners

Open Mens Heavyweight 1st, Anton Solovtev (IFK St Petersburg) 2nd, Dmitiri Savelyiev (IFK St Petersburg) 3rd, Jonathan Redondo (Rengokai Spain) 3rd, Robin Junge (Shinkyokushin Norway) Novice Womens -60kg 1st, Anne Marie Jardine (Cardiff) 2nd, Roxanne Nauth Misir (Docklands) 3rd, Caroline Whitlock (Samuari) 3rd, Michelle Brinklow (Kokoro) Novice Mens Lightweight 1st, Lewis Harry (Cardiff) 2nd, Oliver Wassall (Melton Mowbray) 3rd, Steve Ouko (Bethnal Green) 3rd, Tom Davies (Kokoro)

Mens Heavyweight Winners

Novice Mens Middleweight 1st, Evgeny Kokoshin (Crawley) 2nd, Ben Broster (Westcroft) 3rd, Dmitri Karalis (Hastings) 3rd, Chris Dickens (Ynysowen) Novice Mens Heavyweight 1st, Paul Stephens (Samuari) 2nd, Miguel Ramano (Haringey) 3rd, Plamen Cvyatkovski (Westcroft) 3rd, Leigh Kiss (Kokoro)

Ladies Lightweight Winners

Spirited Fighter Award Wai Cheung (Crystal Palace) Fastest Knockout Award Daniel Redondo (Rengokai Spain) Tamewashari Award Dmitiri Savelyiev (IFK St Petersburg)


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British Open Knockdown Tournament - October 3rd 2011 Picture Archive

Wai Cheung

Alan Shnawa

Carlos Romano

Sam Stevens (L)

Arnould Cijntje (R)

Super Senpai Sam Williams

Spencer Bennett from Wales Darren Stringer (R)

Vladimir Soldatev

Vladimir Soldatev v Wesley Jansen

Daniel Redondo

Lia Howlett

Lital Yodla

Tom Silver

Daniel Redondo

BKK Fighters with IFK Holland

Alex Mezhevtsov & Alexei Gorokhov

IFK Russia

IFK Russia with Rengokai Spain



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IFK Russia Fighters Camp with Sempai Emma Markwell (2nd Dan)

BKK Karateka Emma Markwell wanted to take her training to another level so she decided to take herself off to some of the toughest training camps around the world. First stop was Russia to the fighter camp under the guidance of top coach Dmitry Kovitsky who has tutored Sergey Osipov, Maria Lepina and Alexey Mezhevtsov to name a few. Here’s her account of one of the most unusual strength training regimes that the Russian fighters use for the competitive season ahead. On the 6th of August 2011 I took my first real step into a completely unknown world. I was fortunate enough to be attending a summer camp in Russia under Sensei Dmitry Kovitsky especially for IFK Russian fighters. I arrived on the 6th August 2011, the first day of the camp which would last for three weeks, in the forest approximately 70km north of St Petersburg. I was so nervous when I arrived; it was a completely alien setup to me. The first thing to do upon arrival was to set up the tents in which we would be sleeping for the next three weeks. Thankfully there were plenty of helping hands - otherwise I might have found myself in a bit of trouble when the rain started! This was my first real impression of the camp, and what the next three weeks would have in store for me. In short; real, physical, and friendly. I was informed that the days would follow a specific format for the duration of the camp. 9am each morning was time for breakfast, 12pm would be the daytime training session (which would last a few hours) at 4-5pm we would have our afternoon meal, at 9pm we would have the evening session which would be based around a run, and upon our return from this training we would have our evening meal at around 11pm. This routine would be the same for two days, then on the third consecutive day we would just do the 12pm training session, followed by a trip to the ‘Banya’ (Russian showers and sauna), and the fourth day would be a rest day where we could decide what we wanted to do. On the next day, this four day cycle would start again. On top of the training we were all given pull ups to do in our free time.


We began training that evening. The evening running sessions always followed a similar format; we would do sections of fast running through the forest upon Sensei’s call, interspersed with different exercises. The exercises could be anything from army crawls through the forest or through the sand, wrestling with a partner, carrying a partner over your shoulders up and down a steep ditch, sparring, acrobatics, working with heavy rocks and bags of sand, right through to games of tag! I found these sessions extremely helpful for my reactions and my overall stamina. Day time sessions were always full of variety. One day we could be climbing trees, or pulling our partners along the sand on a sheet of canvass using our kicking or punching techniques, we might be walking along ropes in the treetops maybe 10 meters off the ground, or running up a huge sand hill called ‘Death Mountain’, even throwing bags of sand or heavy rocks to build strength and explosive power. The sessions always included some form of pad work and sparring so it was easier to relate what we were doing back into our technique. I found it important to remember that these sessions were for my strength and condition; we were always given plenty of rest between rounds so that our bodies could recover and could perform well for the whole session. For me, one of the things that I know I will have gained incredibly from will have been adjusting to the conditions of the camp. Unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before, it is easy to see how it would give you some strength of character. If it was cold, you add layers, if it was wet, you wear waterproofs. There were no showers; we washed after each session in the Gulf of Finland - sometimes after a barefoot walk to the beach over sharp


stones (which I was repeatedly assured was good for my health)! The conditions meant it was easy to get sick, and the importance of taking care of our health was always reinforced. But for all the difficulties that the camp’s conditions provided, I always felt so well looked after. The food was always fantastic, simply healthy and satisfying for such intense training. We were well informed throughout the camp by Sensei Kovitsky about everything we were attempting to do, why we were doing it, and any questions we had were encouraged. Someone was always available to translate for me so that I didn’t miss out on anything, and I was left heart warmed by how everyone treated me; everyone was kind, encouraging and committed. Their work ethic was admirable and left me wishing to achieve more and more as the camp went on. The sayanora party had a great atmosphere and I left the camp feeling positive and ready for what the rest of my trip might have to throw at me. After spending a week with some new found friends in Moscow, I travelled to Thailand and spent a month training Muay Thai boxing before winning a full Thai rules fight in Patong stadium. I then travelled to Tokyo where again I was lucky enough to experience the kindness of Kyokushin karateka; training in various dojos across Tokyo. I trained with the Kyokushinkan organisation, including Shihan Kaneko, Fuku-Kancho Hiroshige and even Kancho Royama, I also trained with Shihan Masuda, and with Sensei Tsukamoto after he won the Shinkyokushin World Champion title. All in all I feel incredibly grateful for these experiences, and also that being a part of the BKK had set me up so well for every part of my trip; through all of the training, to all of the personal and characteristic elements which I hope will shape my existence within Kyokushin.

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Interview: Sensei Darren Stringer (3rd Dan)

Shihan Janine Davies interviews Sensei Darren Stringer on a quite remarkable achievement of winning the BKK National Kata Tournament 10 times in succession. Darren, firstly, congratulations on winning the National Kata tournament for 10 consecutive years. That’s quite an achievement. When did you start entering Kata tournaments? Thanks, I started entering Kata tournaments at around the age of 11 I think. I was at Crystal palace and was a brown belt. I didn’t get placed really as a junior, it’s only when I went to senior level I started to get placed and improve, when I started getting close to previous records of the likes of Shihan David Pickthall and Sensei Sunil Tailor, I thought it would be good to be amongst those records. In the early days, were there any particular karateka who inspired you? When I was younger, I looked upto all the usual high grades, Jeff Whybrow, Michael Thompson, Felix Ntumaza David Pickthall and of course Hanshi. I’ve been fortunate to be able to train with Hanshi from the moment I started Karate at Crystal Palace, and Felix was also an instructor along with Joe Borg, then I moved to Crawley Dojo where David Pickthall was with Hanshi. It was a good environment as Crawley tends to excel in all aspects of Karate and not just a single aspect. I have always been a believer that if you are to do Kyokushin Karate, you should be good at all aspects and try your best to perfect each area it has to offer, be it Basics, Clicker, WUKO or Knockdown. As one of Britain’s top fighters, you must have a very rigorous training schedule. Do you find it difficult to find time to practice Kata? Yes, training takes up a lot of time competing in knockdown, I’m fortunate, as I said above, that Crawley tends to focus on all areas so even though my own personal training is Knockdown based, I am always doing basics in sessions, but in actual practising Kata I don’t tend to do a lot. I normally practise a few times a couple of weeks before - unless it’s the World Tournament. Doing good basics and training hard keeps your stances, technique position and power in good order I think. Thats why it’s so valuable to do basics. Do you feel that Kata is an important element of every Karateka’s training regime? If so, why? I do feel Kata is as important as other aspects of Karate. Hanshi always mentioned doing Kata during his 100 Man Kumite training. If done properly with maximum effort you should be tired and out of breath at the end of a kata. If it’s not then like everything else you’re only holding back your potential and learning/progress curve. Do you ever get nervous when competing in Kata tournaments? Generally I don’t get nervous in other competitions outside knockdown. Once you start competing in full contact you realise that the others have no real affects like getting hurt. I did get nervous when I was in the Kata World Tournaments and when I was aproaching Dave and Sunil’s 7 Kata comps. When I got 7 in a row, I was nervous to get the 8th. Then last year because it was a landmark I had aiming for I was nervouse to possibly come so close and then lose out. As I knew if I missed out on getting the 10th this year, it would be unlikley I would get another 10 in a row. Traditionally men and women have competed separately in Kata tournaments, though in recent years at our National tournament, the men and women’s categories in the lower grade categories have been combined. The black belt categories have not been combined as the number of entrants justify seperate categories. Do you feel that men and women can compete against each other on an equal platform? I think that men and women both have a good standard. I’m not too keen on the men and women competing together, there could be perhaps an additional category where they compete together. The reason I think that it’s possibly a negative thing for men and women to compete is that, although the technical ability could be equal between the men’s and women’s sections. If they are all equal, then the thing they are going to look at is the power aspect, and the mens category is always going to possess more power than women naturally. But on a techical level they are similar.

You competed at, and won, the World Kata Tournaments in Poland in 2003 and Switzerland in 2010. Will you be putting yourself forward for selection for the next World Kata Tournament to be held in 2014? Yes I’d like to compete in the next World Tournament, I’d also like to win 3 as thats not been done previously. It will be a tall order, as people in the UK and other countries are improving all the time, and I \mm and not getting any younger. Have you considered applying for the England Kata Coach position? I did consider the England and GB coaching position, but I still want to get picked and did say that if that was still possible I’d consider taking up the position. But I’m also the Junior assistant coach so I doubt I’d have time for everything. Do you have any plans to retire from Kata tournaments in the foreseeable future or do you plan on competing for as long as possible? For the foreseeable future I don’t have any plans to retire from competitions at the moment. Thank you Darren. On a personal note I hope that you continue to compete at a national and international level for as long as possible. I, along with most of the BKK, love to watch you perform kata. I feel that you inspire others to become stronger and more precise. This can only be of benefit to the BKK. Thanks Janine. If that is the case then I’m very glad that you and others enjoy watching me perform kata. I guess I dont realise the surroundings at the time, but it’s a good feeling performing and winning. Let’s hope I can continue for a little while yet.

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BKK Summer Camp 2012

Stuart Wright (5th dan) tells of his 20th Summer Camp and how it’s changed since his first Summer Camp adventure back in 1979. This year’s Summer Camp was a special one for me as it was my 20th one, quite a mile stone in my Karate career. I first went to Camp in 1979, the year it moved from Exeter to Shotley In Ipswich, Suffolk. I remember it well, Summer Camps were longer then, seven days in total and numbers attending were up to 180 students, mainly young men and a few women. There were very few juniors in the BKK then so there were not enough to form a Junior Summer Camp. From then to now, 33 years later, the Camps are still as hard, the instruction then, as now, was first class, the commitment of the students now and then is excellent. All those who remember the old camps as being hard will find that the present ones are just the same, ask any one of the students who attended this year! I am now joint Summer Camp officer with Shihan Maria Da Costa (5th Dan) who does a fantastic job each year. I always look forward to the students arriving on the check in day, from old regulars to new students who have no idea what to expect. This is soon quickly sorted out when their best friend turns out to be their bed! They will grow to love their bed to bits over the next four days! Training quickly gets under way with Hanshi’s first lesson shaking off the cobwebs. The following three days are a fantastic mixture of Kyokushin Karate. You can choose whether to do circuits, bag work, basics, the list is endless. This way everyone gets something out of camp. Of course, when the camp trains together the spirit of the class is fantastic. Training with over one hundred students from our own dojos and many foreign students, is inspiring.


The camp always ends with the famous sayonara party and then it’s all over for another year. I found this year’s Summer Camp to be one of the best, the instruction from Hanshi, Shihan’s Liam Keaveney, Nick Da Costa and David Pickthall, was first class, the camaraderie amongst the students was excellent, young and old all mixing as one Kyokushin family. The Junior Camp that runs alongside the senior one was very well supported and a great job was done, as always, by Shihan Andrew Turner, Maria Da Costa and Sensei’s John Moulden and Moss Ageli - supported, as always by Bev Moulden. Sensei Moss, again this year, gave his sword classes which are truly inspirational and educational. At the National Grading over thirty students attempted their grading under Hanshi Steve Arneil and Shihan Liam Keaveney – congratulations to the BKK’s new 3rd Dans: Sensei’s: Anil Tailor, Michael Skeel, Tony White, Stephen Tabberner, Giueseppe Morreale and from Irsrael Lital Yodla. During the camp Hanshi held a Technical Committee meeting and a Grading Instructors course which all grading examiners need to attend to have their status ratified. During the camp Shihan’s Alex Kerrigan (6th Dan) and Graham Warden (6th Dan) visited and took a few sessions and we were also joined by Shihan Terry Prescott (5th Dan) If you have never been to a BKK Summer Camp my advice is that you should go and enjoy the training and the experience. I said after my first one that I would only do the one, and all these years later at 55, I still keep going back. You are never too old to train Kyokushin... ...never fear going forward only fear standing still.


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Interview: Sensei Wai Cheung (3rd Dan)

In 2012 after a career spanning 20 years Wai Cheung announced his retirement from knockdown following what was surely one of his best ever performances at a British Open, cruising to the finals with three ippons, and at the age of 40 showing age is nothing but a number. What was you’re your original reason for choosing Kyokushin Karate over other martial arts? I was taught Kung Fu at a very young age and martial arts has always been a large part of my upbringing. A bunch of friends at school convinced me to go with them to a karate club nearby. The club was packed with different grades in what I remember as long lines. My friends were buried somewhere in the middle – at the time adults and children trained in the same class. The training was both technical and hard work and towards the end a WUKO-style mini-tournament was held. I was hooked immediately and really believe my first instructors and their approach had a huge bearing on my desire to keep coming back for more. Who were your first Instructors and Dojo, and which other instructors have you trained under? Sensei Andreas Stavrou was my first instructor at the Eastbourne dojo. We had a dedicated group of guys training there that really kept all of us pushing to be better and better. Senpai Martyn May from the same dojo also taught me. Our sister club was Bexhill/ Hastings so would also attend classes with Hanshi too. I’ve been fortunate enough to also train under Shihans Jeff Whybrow, Liam Keaveney, Felix Ntumazah, Graham Warden, Nick Da Costa, David Pickthall, Andrew Turner, Terry Prescott, David Jones, Shihan Yisuhiku Oyama of Oyama Karate, Shihan JJ Burnel at Shidokan UK, Senseis Neil Madeley, Gary Chamberlain, Sensei Brandt Leitch of Seido Juku UK and Sensei Gavin Mulholland from Gojo-ryu club Daigaku Karate kai. All have had a profound effect on my karate over the years for which I am grateful. Aside from Kyokushin Karate, what if any other martial arts have you trained in and are you training these days since retiring from Knockdown Karate? I started my martial arts training learning Northern style Praying Mantis Kung Fu, taught to me by my father. I remember travelling around a number of styles looking to see if there was anything that captivated my attention quite as much as Kyokushin, in the early years, from Wing Chun, Jeet Kune Do, Shotokan, Wado Ryu and Tae Kwon Do. None suited quite like Kyokushin and it was as much to do with the environment and people I trained alongside in addition to the style itself. As part of knockdown and fight training, I practised Muay Thai and boxing regularly for some time. Something that always interested me was the ground game in martial arts (and inherent in some of the bunkai within our system of katas), in particular Gracie Jiu Jitsu that created such a stir in the martial arts world with Royce Gracie and the inception of UFC. I dabbled in bits and pieces over the years, and now I’ve retired from Knockdown Karate, and living in Bali have the time to train at the Gracie Jitsu dojo on the island under the tutelage of Professor Paulo Taveres and occasionally his instructor Master Royler Gracie. Do you have a favourite/winning technique? There are a few favourite techniques over the years. Ushiro mawashi geri is always a favourite. Think everyone likes that one. Most recent are probably chudan mawashi geri and oroshi kakato geri. Who is your biggest inspiration in Martial Arts? My father, who I watched practice form (kata) every day, and Bruce Lee, who made quite an impact on my growing up in England as a British-born Chinese. What does it mean to you to be considered a Kyokushin Karateka? I feel extremely fortunate to have been introduced and continue to train in Kyokushin. Kyokushin is a budo karate and respected throughout the world. I know how hard the training can be and the standards that are exacted on each of us, so the fact we choose to follow what most consider a tough route to training the mind and body – I feel proud to be part of such a unique style. I’ve met some incredible people involved in Kyokushin over the years, all passionate about Kyokushin and all carrying an infectious desire to promote Kyokushin. You see the calligraphy, the Kanku wherever you are in the world and it feels amazing to be part of the family.


What piece of advice could you give to somebody that wanted to start Kyokushin Karate and fight in the British Open? Starting any martial art is good. From there on in it’s a matter of preference and suitability. To be eligible to fight in the British Open you have to be graded appropriately so a significant amount of time and effort has to be given to Kyokushin before you can compete. Enjoy the karate first and foremost. Train hard and learn. Take on all its aspects with enthusiasm and to the very best of your ability then when the time comes to begin training for the tournament in earnest, go at it with a single mind. Fighting in the British Open is a unique experience. One of the oldest knockdown tournaments in the world, it felt as special to fight my last one as it was to take part in my first. So absolutely put the time, effort and dedication to it. You will love it! What is your favourite memory from any British Open be it entering/fighting or just attending? There are many. My last British Open in 2011. It was a near perfect day for me in terms of winning my fights by stoppage. Then four rounds in the final with the reigning Russian Open Champion and KWU European Open weight runner-up. Sadly no title but then seeing good friends in the crowd that spent so many years wondering why so much of my time was spent in a pair of white pyjamas; for them to see what the British Open is all about was a great feeling. It’s up there as a favourite for sure. But on another level, seeing Hanshi’s demonstration with other BKK high grades, his tameshiwari of ice-blocks in 1993 was special. How has the British Open changed since you first entered in 1990 to your last fight in 2011? The first obvious change is the number of spectators. The earlier years at Crystal Palace were quite something else. The queue to get into the venue stretched from the front doors all the way up to the hill of the first car park. There were also a large number of other martial art groups that attended and made for interesting meeting of styles on the mats. The venue’s also changed and I was perhaps a little sceptical of this at first. Logistically it made sense as it gave foreign fighters easier access but given the history of the British Open at Crystal Palace, I remained unsure. It has worked well and efforts to promote the event in its first year at K2 Crawley was immense and a great success. It was certainly exciting to compete there and it still felt very much like the British Open. Thank you BKK for keeping that feeling alive. I think technically the standard has increased; and that’s true for Knockdown fighting in general. Whether spectators are aware of it or otherwise, someof the competitors that have taken part in the British Open are supreme athletes and real world class fighters. Consistently there are probably less ‘easier’ fights in the early rounds now. Entrants into the tournament are better prepared in terms of understanding the rules and the physical condition they need to be in to compete. It’s a known fact that you were training partners with Kenny Jarvis who was in the same weight category as yourself and who you have fought on 4 occasions. Can you explain what it’s like to fight a good friend and what is your mind set going in to a fight like these. The mind-set for any fight is always the same, staying calm and focused. What matters is putting all the training into practice. The only real difficulty is in the fact Kenny and I spent a huge amount of time training together. We more or less knew each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Inevitably, we also spent so much time sparring and conditioning that you also know it’s going to be a long and demanding fight. It’s never been an issue fighting a friend – Darren Stringer, Darren Chan, Malcolm Scott are all friends that I’ve fought and if I didn’t try to knock them down or out, I’m certain they’d try to do it to me. We’re all there to compete and win, so that’s the only thing on my mind. Who have been your hardest technically and strongest physically that you have fought on and off the mat in training or competitions, and do you have a specific fight or moment that you always remember? Alexey Gorokhov from Russia has to be physically the strongest guy I’ve fought - at the European Championships in Russia. For that reason, it’s also a fight I remember well. Alex was on home soil with a very partisan crowd. He hit me much harder than I was expecting (and I was expecting to be hit hard). I was confident in my own technique so when my first chudan mawashi seemed to stop him momentarily in his tracks, I knew we were in the fight together. As tough as it was I enjoyed every single moment of that fight. As a youngster, being technically bamboozled in training by, at the time,


Sensei David Pickthall two weeks before he went on the win the British Open and also by Michael Thompson before his K1 fight in Japan. Those were good learning experiences. Snapping my cruciate ligament on the mat at the British Open in 2003. It fundamentally changed some of my training and introduced me to some incredible people that helped me throughout the remainder of my Knockdown career. Two other huge moments of significance for me were – one, stepping onto the mat in Japan with Kenny Jarvis and Miguel Fernandez. Fighting in the home of Kyokushin has always been a goal of mine and it was an honour to represent GB and the BKK at the Kyokushinkan All Japan tournament in 2007. I think up until that point no fighter from the BKK had fought in Japan since the breakaway from the IKO, so I felt incredibly privileged to be there. The second moment of significance was in the Yamburg Cup 3rd place fight off in Russia. I was told the fight was only 2 rounds. 5 minutes maximum, absolutely no more. I went all out for those two rounds only to look up at the flags and see draws in three corners. My initial reaction was there was a mistake and the judges had miscalculated. I turned to my coach, who looked at the flags, looked at me, shrugged his shoulders and said “Two more.” I couldn’t quite believe it. I eventually won the fight, but that feeling of sheer exhaustion and the ‘do you want this badly enough’ thought, after the first two rounds, will stay with me forever. There have been moments in training that had mentally prepared me for that particular moment and am delighted I was able to dig much deeper because of that mental rehearsal during training. In what direction would you like to see Kyokushin Karate heading not just in Great Britain but globally also? Over the last few years the Kyokushin groups have started to collaborate more. I’m sure the idea of having a single Kyokushin group now would be impossible but the idea of complete collaboration across the globe to compete as a single organisation, with united major tournaments would be good to see. The very idea of Kyokushin being an Olympic sport (without compromising Kyokushin ideals) I’m sure appeals to many and recent activities takes us one step further to that goal. And as a martial art… just to be able to train with different groups, learn and grow together for the good of our style would take me back to the days when you knew Kyokushin, wherever you are in the world, was Kyokushin. Now that you have retired from Knockdown Karate, what are your plans for the future in martial arts? Continue to train and improve my karate. It’s a cliché but so very true - there is so much to learn. I would like to teach more and support the BKK and IFK in the best way possible and that can be tough given I now live outside the UK. I’d like to get into more of a coaching role in the future and perhaps help some of the young fighters coming through. Helping to promote Kyokushin wherever I am feels like a step in the right direction.

Sensei Wai Cheung

If you could have one last dream fight with anyone from any martial art, who would it be? Kenny Jarvis... Round 5 British Open Results 2011 – 2nd & Spirited Fighter, defeated by Alexi Mezhestov of Russia, 2009 – 2nd, defeated by Kenny Jarvis of Great Britain 2008 – 3rd, defeated by Ruslan Fatekhov of Russia (eventual champion) 2004 - 3rd, defeated by Jakoeb Groenhof of Holland (eventual champion) 2001 - 2nd, defeated by Michael Gerritsen of Holland 1999 - 2nd, defeated by Kenny Jarvis of Great Britain Other Notable Achievements BKK Regional, 1st - 2011, 08, 04, 02 & 99, 2010, IKO3 3rd World Cup, Final 8 2009, IKO2 Dutch Open, 3rd 2009, IFK Spanish Open, 2nd 2008, Yamburg International Cup, Russia, 3rd & Spirited Fighter 2007, 5th Kyokushinkan All Japan Openweight, Final 8 2007, IFK/IKO2 Diamond Cup, 1st 2007, IFK European Championships, 5th & Tameshiwari 2006, IKO3 2nd World Cup, Final 16 2005, MOKKO Welsh Open, 1st 2005, 3rd IFK World Tournament, Final 16 2002, 2nd IFK World Tournament, Final 16 2000, Dutch Open – Oyama Cup, 3rd 2000, US Oyama Karate Championships, Final 8 2000, BKK Regional, 2nd 1991, BKK Regional (Lightweight), 3rd 1990, Welsh Open (Lightweight), 3rd 1990, British Open (Lightweight) Quickest Knockout 1989, Novice Regional (Lightweight), 1st & Spirited Fighter 1987, EKGB WUKO Championships, 3rd





IFK International News Round Up IFK Russia Summer Camp 2012 Between the 11th–15th of July 2012 in Settl, Nikolajevskoje the Russian IFK Summer Camp under the direction of Hanshi Steve Arneil (10th Dan) and Shihan David Pickthall (6th Dan) with the presence of Shihan Alexander Tanyushkin (7th Dan) and Shihan Victor Fomin (6th Dan) was held. The Camp was organized by Lipetsk regional Kyokushinkai organization. There were in excess of 130 participants, including 107 black belts, from 35 regions of Russia. On the 12th July Hanshi Steve Arneil presented 6th Dan certificates to the RKF Chairman Shihan Andrey Bura and to the leader of the Samara regional organization Shihan Mikhail Gyach. Irish Kyokushinkai Karate Mulligar Dojo celebrates 10th anniversary In Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland on October, 22nd, 2011, Shihan Ken Fitzpatrick’s Mullingar Dojo celebrated its 10th anniversary, which consisted of an evening of Clicker, Kata and Knockdown Karate. James O’Malley and Stephen Quaille were also promoted to 4th Dan. Artur Tilov of IFK Russia wins IKO Matsushima World Tournament At the IKO Matsushima World Openweight Tournament in Japan on the 23rd and 24th IFK Russia’s Artur Tilov takes 1st place to become World Champion, his Yamburg team mates Aleksandr Karshigeev took 3rd and Alexander Ibragimov finished 4th to complete an excellent set of results.

Shihan Mikhail Gyach, Hanshi and Shihan Andrey Bura

Mattia Catani, IFK Italy wins 1st Italian Freestyle Karate Tournament On Sunday 20th June 2012 Mattia Catani of IFK Italy won the 1st Italian Freestyle Karate Tournament (middleweight category) organized by Sensei Andrea Stoppa in Pordenone. Other IFK Dan Promotions Holland - Antonio Da Graca 4th Dan 2001 Holland - Peter Fens 4th Dan 2001 Holland - Toon Fens 4th Dan 2001 France - Thierry Noens 4th Dan 2003 Belgium - Etienne Van Holt 4th Dan 2004 France - Thierry Deschins 3rd Dan 2003 South Africa - Dylan van Wyk 3rd Dan 2003

IKK Mulligar 10th anniversary

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IFK Country representative appointments Kevin van der Boor has taken over as IFK Holland from 2011. Alexander Kim becomes the IFK Uzbekistan country rep along with Mohammad Ayoub who becomes country rep for IFK Lebanon. Kristin Thumm takes over as IFK Germany country rep. Nazir Khan Hossen becomes the new IFK Mauritius country r ep

IFK Russia’s Artur Tilov takes 1st place IKO Matsushima World Tournament

IFK Russia‘s placings at the KWU European Championships

Kyokushin World Union (KWU) European Championships IFK Russia’s ALexey Mezhevtsov takes 2nd place after losing out to Andrey Vidyulin Kyokushinkan Russia in the final. Arsen Hachatryan took 4th place along with the fastest KO award. Nikolay Lushin took 6th spot to wrap up good placings for the IFK at this inaugural KWU tournament. Upcoming IFK events Australian Summer Camp Friday, October 19, 2012 22nd Kyokushin American International Karate Championships Saturday, November 3, 2012

Nazir Khan Hossen becomes IFK Mauritius Country Rep

Kristin Thumm becomes IFK Germany Country Rep

Mohammad Ayoub becomes IFK Lebanon Country Rep

1st IFK Uruguay Knockdown Tournament Sunday, November 4, 2012 Sutani Youth and Beginners Tournament Saturday, November 17, 2012 Oyama Cup Knockdown plus 50 years NKA Celebration Saturday, November 24, 2012 Dragon Cup, Russia Saturday, December 15, 2012

Shihan Thierry Noens & Sensei Thierry Deschins promoted by Shihan Liam Keaveney

Mattia Catani of IFK Italy won the 1st Italian Fresstyle Karate Tournament

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British Regional Open Knockdown Tournament - June 16th 2012

With the reduction in numbers of knockdown fighters coming through to the open categories the BKK took the bold step of opening up the novice section to all styles and organisations in the hope the competitors would get more experience for when they stepped up. Over a third of the total 51 competitors that lined up in the event were from non BKK clubs. Novice Female -60kg 1st, Saeideh Aletaha (Loughborough) 2nd, Alex Nauth-Misir (Loughborough) Novice Female +60kg 1st, Vilma Klimaviciute (Staines Tigers) 2nd, Cas Heath-Faye (IKK) Novice Male Lightweight 1st, Robert Wheeldon (BKK Docklands) 2nd, Lewis Giles (Samurai) 3rd, Mark Cotterill (IKO Matsushima) 3rd, Rami Mattar (Roath) Novice Male Middleweight 1st, Darren Drew (Jitsushinkai) 2nd, Dan Wyatt (KSK Sutton) 3rd, Evgeniy Kokoshin (Crawley) 3rd, Richard Sapley (Caerphilly)


Novice Male Heavyweight 1st, Sam Hughes (Oldham) 2nd, Will Hay (Loughboroug) 3rd, Marco Carpanini (IKO GB) 3rd, Des Brown (Samurai) Open Female -60kg 1st, Emma Markwell (Westcroft) 2nd, Lisa Marie Heath (Mountain Ash) 3rd, Ann Marie Jardine (Cardiff) 3rd, Roxanne Nauth-Misir (Docklands) Open Male Middleweight 1st, Darren Chan (Bethnal Green) 2nd, Sam Stevens (Milton Keynes) 3rd, Ollie Wassell (Loughborough) 3rd, Lewis Kalcimski (IKO GB)

Open Male Heavyweight 1st, Malcolm Scott (Crawley) 2nd, Said Hossini (Roath) Cadet Boys Lightweight 1st, Marco Morreale (Westcroft) 2nd, Josh Mays (Crawley) Cadet Boys Heavyweight 1st, Dawid Ozga (Crawley) 2nd, Charlie Webster (Milton Keynes) 3rd, Chris Thomas (Caerphilly) Fastest Knockout Sam Hughes (Oldham) Spirited Fighter Award Marco Morreale (Westcroft)


British Regional Open Knockdown Tournament - June 16th 2012 Picture Archive

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Darren Chan (L) against Sam Stevens

Sam Hughes scores Ippon in 3 seconds

Heavyweight final, Malcolm Scott against Said Hossini

Darren Chan scores Ippon with Hiza Geri

Josh Mays against Marco Moreale

Dawid Ozga relaxes after winning by Jodan Mawash Geri

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IFK Holland, 50 Years Of The NKA, 1962 - 2012 Sensei Kevin van der Boor appointed IKF Holland Country Rep In April of 2011 Sensei Kevin van der Boor (3rd Dan) took over as the new Country Representative from Shihan Koos van Berkel (5th Dan). Shihan Koos who represented the Netherlands for over a decade stepped down to spend more time with his family. He will remain active within the organization. Sensei Kevin has almost 25 years of experience in Kyokushin karate and has been active in an official capacity inside the Dutch organization (the N.K.A.) for over 10 years. He is also its current Secretary General. IFK Nederland is very grateful to Shihan Koos for his hard work and dedication over the past 10 years as Country Representative, but also for nearly 50 years supporting the organization as a member and instructor. We hope he will be training with us for many more years to come. IFK Holland’s newly promoted 5th Dan`s IFK Nederland is very proud to present three new Shihans. Sensei`s Peter Fens, Anton Fens and Antonio DaGraca were promoted to 5th Dan in February of this year. All three new shihans have nearly 40 years of experience in Kyokushin karate and have been supporting members of the NKA since the 1970`s. At the national summer camp the promotions were celebrated with a traditional Japanese sake-ceremony during one of the night training sessions. IFK - NKA Summer Camp On June 28th almost 90 karateka showed up for four days of training at the national NKA Summer Camp. 28 hours of training, among them several night sessions, a campfire session, a mud pool training and a tough grading later IFK Nederland can proudly present four new Shodans and two new Nidans.

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Seminar with Shihan Liam Keaveny The last weekend of February, Shihan Liam Keaveny (6th Dan) came over to the Netherlands for a seminar. More than 50 karateka joined in and enjoyed all that shihan taught over the course of two days. Everyone hopes shihan Liam liked it as much as they did and that he is willing to come back for another course in the future. 50 Years National Organization (N.K.A.) IFK Nederland`s national organization, the NKA (similar to the BKK) was founded in 1962 after the founding member came back from training in Japan with Sosai. This year the organization celebrates fifty years ago. Many summer camps, tournaments and years later the organization joined the IFK in the 1990`s and has been a member ever since. The NKA will celebrate its anniversary together with the Holland Oyama Cup (IFK Dutch Open), seminars and demonstrations on November 24th. After the tournament there will be a party for present and past members.

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Knockdown Round Up October 2011 - October 2012

Shihan David Pickthall gives us his annual round up of results for BKK fighters that have fought this year nationaly and iternationally. Dragon Cup Open Weight Tournament, Russia - 17th December 2011 The BKK had a single fighter, Malcolm Scott take part in this pristiegious tournament that hosts some of the best fighters in the world. Malcolm drew Sergei Pavlov of Russia in the first round losing by 3 to 1 after 2 rounds. KSK Scotish Open, Scotland - 28th January 2012 The BKK had two fighters take part in the Scottish Open this year with Tom Cunnington winning the Mens LW. He KO’d his first opponent with jodan hiza geri and then defeated Trevor Day (IKK) by decision in the final. Anil Tailor took part in the novice losing a decision to the eventual winner. ShinKyokushin Dutch Open, Holland - 11th Februarey 2012 Three fighters represented Great Britain at this event with Ladies HW Samantha Williams taking her first international title by defeating two Romanian fighters to take first place. Emma Markwell took 2nd in the LW defeating Tina Johannson of Norway before dropping a harsh decision to her Romanian opponent. Leon Lund Regan beat two Dutch fighters to make the final but was defeated by the experienced Victor Texieria of KWF.

Tom Cunnington (R) at the KSK Scotish Open after taking 1st in the MLW division.

Darren Stringer (R) after taking 1st place in the MLW division at the 1st Kuwait Open.

4th IKK Open Knockdown, England - 18th March 2012 The BKK had 26 participants in most categories including Open, Novice, Cadet and Children and we came away with 23 trophies including LW Champion in both men and women Alan Shnawa and Emma Markwell. Second in HW men and women with Tom Silver and Samantha Williams. All the other fighters gained valuable experience winning and being placed in most divisions. BKK England v Wales - 21st April 2012 In this annual historic event both England and Wales fielded full teams. The Welsh taking the honours for the second year running with a score of 3 to 2. 4th Yamburg International Cup, Russia - 19th May 2012 Darren Stringer, Spencer Bennett and Malcolm Scott competed in this event with 15 countries taking part. Spencer lost on decision to former Shinkyokushin World Cup winner Moiseev of Kazakhstan, Malcolm came up against an in form Artur Tilov who caught Malcolm in the last seconds with a roll kick to gain waza ari and Darren defeated his first Azerbaijan opponent but was unlucky in an even fight against his Armenian opponent to get a kick straight in the knee which was judged a waza ari. After a complaint was made the judges said it occurred because Darren pulled his leg away causing the injury himself. On watching the film of the bout it was clear the leg was grounded but this was too late to change the decision. Yamburg dominated the event winning all divisions.

Team BKK with trophys at the 4th IKK Open

4th Yamburg International Cup GB Team

Team Wales at England v Wales

5th Rengokai European Championships, Italy - 26th May 2012 The BKK had a large team competing in this Open European event. Dawid Ozga and Marco Morreale took part in the cadets, both losing on close decisions. Emma Markwell had a 4 round war with Canan Yorulmaz and lost 3-2. Both Lee Bennett and Tom Cunnington lost to strong Eastern Europeans. Alan Shnawa lost on a weight decision and Leon Lund Regan was the only BKK fighter to be successful in the first round but took many foul techniques to the throat. This impacted his 2nd fight and he could not breath when punched so the coach pulled him out of the bout. 1st Kuwait International Kyokushin Tournament, Kuwait - 7th July 2012 15 countries took part in this event run on behalf of the Kuwait Olympic Committee by all Kyokushin groups with Darren Stringer winning the LW category. He defeated his first two opponents by 2 round hantei decisions before scoring ippon with a low kick against his Bahrain opponent in the semi. The final was a walkover when the doctor with IFK Kuwait Jassem Malik. Leon Lund Regan fought a Dutch opponent and was adjudged to have a waza ari against him for a mawashi that just pushed his head over and there was no time to retrieve this point.

Great Britain Team at the Rengokai European Championships

4th Swedish Kyokushin Open, Sweden - 15th September 2012 A max of 16 fighters per catagory from across Europe entered this prestigeous event. Samatha Williams of Wales via Wikland dojo of Swede takes first place in the +65 ladies catagory at the Swedish Open. Alan Shnawa and Darren Chan both missing out in quarter finals to the current Polish and Lithuanian national champions respectively .

Team GB at the Shinkyokushin Dutch Open


Shihan Felix with BKK team at Swedish Open


Hanshi Junior & Cadet Course Milton Keynes - 29th April 2012

BKK at the Belgium Championship Tournament for Youth & Beginners 2011, Hanshi Steve Arneil and Shihan Bobby Lowe

Shihan Bobby Lowe August 23, 1929 – September 14, 2011

Kyokushinkai-Kan U18 World Tournament, Russia - 2011. Kancho Royama of Kyokushinkai-Kan with Marco Morreale, Nathan Williams and Dawid Ozgs with coaches Shihan Andrew Turner and Sensei John Moulden and IFK Chief Referee Alex Kerrigan.

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Dokuso Geiko (to practice by oneself) by Liam Keaveney (6th Dan)

“Discard your expectations and preconceived ideas. Abandon any method of knowing what might limit your horizons. When your expectations are discarded, the mind expands and reality expands along with the mind. Rather than just perceiving where things are and where they have been (boundaries) you can begin to see the direction in which things are going. There is obvious power in apprehending the probabilities of the future, but moreover a subtle power will develop, a power that brings insight and development. You can then sense your potential ability to direct events with the force of your mind - the path of personal power.” The above paragraph came from Lao-Tzu “Tao Te Ching” under the title of “Absolute”. There comes a point in your training life that tournaments, gradings etc come to an end and then one needs to transform ones outlook as to why we train. This is a difficult transformation as up to a point we have always been “goal” led – ie the next grading, the next tournament will have been milestones in our path of training and, to a point, measures our personal advancement. All of a sudden there are no more goals, as such, and we are left in the wilderness, maybe for quite sometime, as we struggle to find meaning and maybe direction - as our bodies weaken with the advancing of years. We then have the need and desire therefore to increase our spiritual ability as our strength wanes. Teaching, in many ways, fills the gap but its our own personal training and development I am talking about here. The path therefore to continual improvement lies perhaps in one’s mastery of our own self-discipline on virtually all levels of life. To improve the boundaries of what would appear to be the limits of mind and body can lead to a spiritual strength that is capable to weathering the storms of adversity. The ability to control emotions is perhaps the most difficult part of self-reliance.

If we then look at Keiko in a different light and give it a deeper significance – Keiko can be seen as a method of learning from the past to understand the present (Keiko Shokon) – we then can see that it is training with an attitude of learning by doing, a spirit of direction that leads to character development and physical cultivation – and ultimately a deeper understanding and enlightenment through mastery of the art of karate through hard and constant practice but with no real goal as an end-game – just training, perhaps, to eventually (if your fortunate) to as Sosai Oyama said (in the Dojo Kun) “all our lives through the discipline of karate we will seek to fulfil the true meaning of the martial way.” Finally we must never forget the term “Nanakorobi yaoki” because our training, throughout our lives, will be fraught with disappointment, failure and frustration. Many fall by the wayside because of this sense of failure and frustration – and this is understandable. We should try and develop a “never give up attitude” but this does take much effort and introspection. By our teachings and instruction from the founder of Kyokushin Karate (Sosai Oyma) and our current teachers we have a obligation (Giri) and duty to continue training and with a correct attitude and outlook and in essence this duty prevails above all else as a rational and reason to train perhaps?

The human feelings of joy, anger, happiness, sorrow, love, and hate effect and guide the life of the individual as well as the lives of those in immediate contact with and around us. This affect can be truly immense. In general, as human beings, we are motivated by our desires. These desires are often of a selfish nature and tend to lead us away from basic goals of advancement and betterment for the benefit of mankind. The desire of recognition, wealth, and power can sway many to a course of irregularity, which easily can become destructive. The Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu stated that “Freedom from desire leads to inward peace.” An attempt must be made to overcome ourselves through the constant training of the mind, body, and spirit in an rigorous approach – as indeed Sosai Oyama did. We must set aside laziness, despondency, self-pity, and the attitude of indifference so that we may rise to new heights rather than stagnate. This can be very difficult for a number of reasons. This challenge originates from oneself to oneself, and it must be met. It is a natural attitude for one to blame others, and our situation, when things don’t quite go right. Such negative thoughts only hinder progress. Self-reliance is an important part of discipline. The chief responsibility for a human being’s future, happiness and prosperity rests in the hands of the individual. The ability to cope with all forms of adversity must be developed on a physical, psychological, and spiritual basis. Standing on one’s own two feet and following the course in life that is chosen requires a great deal of self-reliance, self-confidence and individuality if we are to obtain our goals. This can only be fulfilled when one accepts and correctly uses positive individuality and to this end this is the guiding principle for our training. The Japanese the term “Renshu” means training and the term “Keiko” means practice. When we are training, generally we are either giving instruction of taking it. However Renshu can be literally translated as “forging (or polishing) lessons” – which means hard training and continuous work doing many repetitions of Kihon (basics) to sharpen our technique as opposed to just learning new material and techniques.


Shihan Akira Masuda with Shihan Liam Keaveney


On this occasion of the British Karate Kyokushinkai’s 36th British Open, I would like to offer my congratulations to Hanshi Steve Arneil and the British Karate Kyokushinkai. Im very confident that today will be a great success. I am very confident that next year the 4th IFK World Tournament will also be a success. On such an occasion the fighters representing countries throughout the world will display their skill and fighting spirit. They will also demonstrate a true unity of comradeship. Lastly, lasty I would like to thank all the unnamed people who have been working behind the scenes with a true Kyokushin spirit within the IFK and BKK to make both events a success. HRH Prince Mohammed Bin Talal

Patron of the International Federation of Karate

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Kyokushin Academy Margate Dojo

Kokoro Dojo

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The Great Britain Provisional Squads For IFK World Tournament 2013

Great Britain coaches Shihan’s David Pickthall and Terry Prescott along with Great Britain Cadet coaches Shihan Andrew Turner and Sensei John Mouldon have selected the following fighters to make up a provisional squad and will pick the team from the squad. Fighters can still be added to the squad based on attendance and performance. The Great Britain Adult & Cadet Provisional Squads For The 4th IFK World Tournament 2013 Listed Alphabetically

Men Under 70kg Spencer Bennett Lewis Harrhy Leon Lundregan Sami Mehio Alan Shnawa Darren Stringer

Men 70 - 80kg Mahmoud Ageli Darren Chan Chris De Costa Tom Cunnington Dmitry Karalis Dawid Ozga Sam Stevens

Men Over 80kg Hywel Evans Said Hossini Malcolm Scott Tom Silver Paul Stevens

Ladies Under 60kg Lisa Heath Annie Jardine Emma Markwell Alex Nauth Misir Roxanne Nauth Misir Rebecca Price

Ladies Over 60kg Kelly Balmer Lia Howlett Samantha Williams

Boys Under 68kg Khalil Def Josh Mays Marco Morreale Stuart Lee Dan Small

Boys 68 - 78kg Jordan da Costa Rueben Miller Jordan Prescott

Boys Over 78kg Luke Baldwin Blake Collins Gethin Llyod Santkoh Sing Cheema Kharug Sing Cheema Charlie Webster

Girls Under 58kg Dani Lewis Haley Rowlands Amelia White Stephanie Williams

Girls Over 58kg Yusmin Kahn Emily Senior



4th IFK World Open Knockdown Championships - England, 2013.

As the tension starts to build for next years World Tournament we take a look back at the past 3 World Tournaments results. The 2013 World Tournament will be a pinicle and a jewel in the crown of the IFK. The Tournament is open to all organisations and we look forward to welcoming old friends and makeing new ones along the way. 1st IFK World Weight Category Championships Russia, 1997.

2nd IFK World Weight Category Championships Spain, 2002.

3rd IFK World Weight Category Championships England, 2005.

Mens Lightweight 1st, Oleg Florin – Russia 2nd, Marcel Murakaev – Russia 3rd, Akbolat Appaev – Russia 3rd, Ilya Volkov– Ukraine

Mens Lightweight 1st, Konstantin Donstov – Russia 2nd, Vjacheslav Lukjanov – Russia 3rd, Viktor Neroda – Russia 3rd, Darren Chan – Great Britain

Mens Lightweight 1st, Roman Uzunyan – Russia 2nd, Igor Dzaganiya – Russia 3rd, Mark Goodwin – Great Britain 3rd, Darren Stringer – Great Britain

Mens Middleweight 1st, Timmy Warden – Great Britain 2nd, Andreas Sprecher – Switzerland 3rd, Ken Fitzpatrick – Ireland 3rd, Andrey Belekon – Russia

Mens Middleweight 1st, Maxim Dedik – Russia 2nd, Akbolat Appaev – Russia 3rd, Michael Gerritsen – Holland 3rd, Stefan Hofer – Switzerland

Mens Middleweight 1st, Shamsudin Abdurashidov – Russia 2nd, Anzor Kardanov – Russia 3rd, Alexei Gorokhov – Russia 3rd, Yannick Galipeau – Canada

Mens Heavyweight 1st, Jakov Zobnin – Russia 2nd, Alim Daduev – Russia 3rd, Vasily Strutchkov – Latvia 3rd, Felix Ntumazah – Great Britain

Mens Heavyweight 1st, Igor Peplov – Russia 2nd, Paul Travers – Great Britain 3rd, Miguel Fernandez – Great Britain 3rd, Harald Reiz Haris – Switzerland

Mens Heavyweight 1st, Timur Gatashev – Russia 2nd, Paul Travers – Great Britain 3rd, Anzor Shikhabakhov – Russia 3rd, Mathias Kelderman – Holland

Ladies Lightweight 1st, Zukhra Kurbanova – Russia 2nd, Gitta Kondorosi – Great Britain 3rd, Maria Da Costa – Great Britain 3rd, Nanzad Byambamaa – Mongolia

Ladies Lightweight 1st, Julia Devyatukha– Russia 2nd, Maria Lepina– Russia 3rd, Julie Nadeau – Canada 3rd, Janshina Evgenia– Belarus

Ladies Lightweight 1st, Maria Lepina – Russia 2nd, Emma Howells – Great Britain 3rd, Julie Nadeau – Canada 3rd, Elena Korneva – Russia

Ladies Heavweight 1st, Paula Long – Great Britain 2nd, Tatyana Gryaznova – Russia 3rd, Valeria Churakova – Belguim 3rd, Helena Pettit – Great Britain

Ladies Heavweight 1st, Olesya Dmitrieva – Russia 2nd, Olga Mikirtumova – Russia 3rd, Cindy Rousseau – Belguim 3rd, Elizibieta Lukaniuk – Poland

Ladies Heavweight 1st, Julia Devyatukha – Russia 2nd, Toyah Dyas – Great Britain 3rd, Elena Rudenko – Russia 3rd, Kelly Balmer – Great Britain


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Tickets for the 4th IFK World Open Knockdown Championships 6th & 7th April 2013 have been on sale since 1st October 2012. Tickets are available through our Credit Card Hotline please contact Linda Keaveney telephone + 00 44 (0) 1245 256891 or email: or they are avalible at the Kyokushin UK stall in the K2 today.


BKK British Open Magazine 2012