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K A R A T E KYOKUSHIN Magazine No 74 October 2011

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Contents Editorial

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Tournament Welcome

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Hanshi Steve Arneil 10th Dan Promotion

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U-18 3rd IFK World Tournament 2011 Review

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U-18 3rd IFK World Tournament 2011 Results

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BKK British Open 2010 Results

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BKK Knockdown Round Up

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Senpai Greg Hitchings

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BKK Regional Tournament 2011 Results

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Dolph Lundgren & The Expendables

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Sensei Oleg Kalyuzhny

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World Union Of Kyokushin Karate

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My First BKK Summer Camp 2011

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BKK Summer Camp Comment

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Shihan Eddie Gabathuler

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IFK International News

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Senpai Dmitry Saveliev Seminar

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Kyokushin Shinsa

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Editorial The year 2011 has turned out to be a remarkable and historic moment in the history of the British Karate Kyokushinkai and the International Federation of Karate – with the promotion of Hanshi Steve Arneil to the rank of 10th Dan by the International Board of IFK Representatives at the 3rd U18 World Tournament in July. We report that event along with the World Tournament within the pages of this magazine. The Junior and Cadet World Tournament proved to be an exciting and inspirational event and my personal thanks to all who contributed to its success including the BKK Executive Committee. I would like to recognize and thank Shihan David Pickthall (6th Dan) - who did the majority of work leading up to the event and the members of Crawley Dojo who assisted and indeed sponsored the event in many ways. Kyokushinkai Magazine Editorial Office 58 Highfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 2NQ, England Tel: 01245 256891 E.mail: Publisher: British Karate Kyokushinkai Editors: Liam Keaveney, David Pickthall Ollie Potter and Jo Merth Contributors:, David Pickthall, Ollie Potter, Jane Charman, Andrew Turner, Eddy Gabathuler, Shane Lalor. Magazine Design and Cover Design: Ollie Potter 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. “Kyokushinkai Magazine and its Editor reserves the right to edit, alter or revise any material submitted for publication should it be deemed necessary.” British Karate Kyokushinkai Founder and President Hanshi Steve Arneil (10th Dan) British Karate Kyokushinkai Chairman Shihan Liam Keaveney (6th Dan)

Sadly this year we saw the passing of Greg Hitchings from Dunmow Dojo – and Shihan Andrew Turner (5th Dan) reflects on Greg’s short but shining life within the dojo and the BKK. Sometime ago I read these lines: ”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 ….” And surly these are poignant words as we pause to remember Greg and his short life. Internationally we also saw the passing of Sensei Oleg Kalyuzhny (4th Dan) the IFK Representative of Estonia – Oleg died shortly after the departure of Hanshi Steve Arneil following their summer camp. Another reminder of the frailty of life and existence – and we never ever know whether we will see each other again – that fact should reinforce our appreciation of each other at every meeting and parting. To our many Sponsors here today (and those who sponsored the Junior World Tournament) I 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 – and to Tim Diacon for his photographic assistance along with Ollie Potter. I hope that no matter what your reason for being at the British Karate Kyokushinkai’s 35th Open National Knockdown Tournament here today - you enjoy your day and bring home with you some memorable moments. Liam Keaveney - Editor

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Tournament Welcome

35th British Open National Knockdown Tournament 2011 Hanshi Steve Arneil (10th Dan) President Welcome to this our 35th Open National Knockdown Tournament here at K2. As always this event gives me great pride and we see here many fighters competing from GB and abroad – I know that with the dedication of our fighters, loyalty of our spectators and hard work and commitment of our referees and officials – we will continue to host such an event for years to come. I would like to thank especially the fighters here today at our 35th Open event and I wish you courage and success no matter what your aspirations. I know you have worked very hard in the months leading up to this tournament. My thanks also to the many people who have made this day possible – especially Shihan’s Liam Keaveney and David Pickthall and all Crawley Dojo members. This year was very special for me and I would like to thank the many people that have sent me their best wishes and congratulations on my promotion to 10th Dan – at the Junior and Cadet World Tournament in July. Ous.

Shihan Alex Kerrigan (6th Dan) Cheif Knockdown Referee Welcome to all fighters, officials and of course spectators, I hope you will all gain much experience from our tournament and trust that as a fighter your journey through your training for this event will be eventful. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our many referees and judges without their work and experience today would not be possible at this level. In my capacity as chief referee for the BKK and IFK have worked extremely hard to provide a qualified level of refereeing that is recognized throughout the world. We are known for our fairness and values and continually work towards giving the fighters the best experience on the day, regardless of country or association, so my thanks to you all for your dedication and work today. To the fighters I would like to wish you all the very best in your endeavors today I am confident the officials will do their best for you. Osu

Shihan Liam Keaveney (6th Dan) Chairman Welcome to the BKK’s 35th Open National Knockdown Tournament. This year has past so very quickly and it does not seem possible that we are here again today so soon after last years tournament. Many people, at all levels, help our organisation year in year out – without you events such as this would not be possible. To all our fighters from home and abroad – I thank you for your continued support of the BKK and IFK – each year we have a terrific response from many organisations outside the IFK and for that I am very grateful Thanks also to our officials and spectators who along with the very high standard of fighting will I am sure make this a day to remember. I would also like to mention our sponsors who have advertised in the BKK magazine – I am so grateful for your continued support as is Hanshi Steve Arneil and the BKK Executive Committee. Osu.

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Hanshi Steve Arneil (10th Dan) An appreciation of Hanshi Steve Arneil who was recently awarded his 10th Dan by the International Federation of Karate at the 3rd IFK U-18 World Tournament 2011. The culmination of fifty years dedicated work within the family of Kyokushin Karate were recognized by the IFK Board of Representatives on 23rd July 2011 when Hanshi Steve Arneil was awarded his 10th Dan at the IFK U18 World Tournament at K2 Crawley, UK. Hanshi began his lifelong journey in Tokyo in 1961 when he began training with Sosai Mas Oyama. Hanshi was graded 1st Dan on 15th May 1962 in Tokyo Honbu - Hanshi’s life has been well documented within the pages of the international press and here in the BKK’s Kyokushin Magazine so this is a tribute to the man and his work and not a profile. Hanshi’s contribution to Kyokushin Karate nationally and internationally in incalculable and it has been that way for over 50 years worldwide. Born on 29th August 1934 and now in his 77th year he still has a yearly travel schedule worldwide that would punish a person half his age – his energy and enthusiasm are indeed endless. He was the first man to complete the 100 man kumite test in 1965 (the year he left Japan with his wife Tsuyuko for the UK) and that really was the beginning of a life time of achievement and in the continuation of a karate style founded by one of the world’ most influential and powerful men Sosai Mas Oyama. Hanshi Arneil has risen to the challenge to continue Sosai’s teachings and philosophy into the 21st Century. He has set a solid foundation to continue this work under the International Federation of Karate and to leave politics truly out of the equation in as many ways possible and concentrate on the purity of our karate and its standard worldwide. The 23rd July was an emotional day for many of us that have worked with Hanshi for decades and continue to do so for the man that is Hanshi – he has touched our lives and our path in the search of many things within karate. A man that is never perfect he would agree but you could never fault his sheer hard work, focus, energy, commitment, determination, enthusiasm and charisma – he truly is a man in a million and we were proud to have shared his emotional day and to share with him the world’s recognition of his work thus far - and we offer him our admiration and support for the many years ahead in perusing together... “the true meaning of the Way” Words by Liam Keaveney and photos by Ollie Potter.

Hanshi Steve Arneil accepting his 10th dan belt

Hanshi Steve Arneil with Shihan Liam Keaveney

Hanshi’s speech of thanks

IFK Representatives with Hanshi

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Proud moment with Oil painting sponsored by Sensei Moss Ageli

Shihan Alex Kerrigan and Liam Keaveney with Hanshi

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Congratulations HANSHI STEVE ARNEIL 10th Dan 1st Dan, May 1962 - 2nd Dan, April 1963 3rd Dan , July 1965 - 4th Dan, May 1966 5th Dan, Jan 1968 - 6th Dan, October 1974 7th Dan, August 1977 - 8th Dan, May 1992 9th Dan, May 2001 - 10th Dan, July 2011

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3rd IFK U-18 World Tournament Review Here Shihan Andrew Turner (5th Dan) gives his insite in to being part of the Great Britain coaching team at the 3rd IFK U-18 World Tournament. This was to be my first World Tournament as the GB Coach, but I had gained some valuable experience from the past two World Tournaments and so I had some idea of what to expect. Although Great Britain have been dominant in the Junior Clicker category I knew, through travelling abroad with the England and Welsh teams, that other countries like Switzerland, Norway and Holland had made great progress in Clicker fighting and were not to be underestimated. With that in mind, at squad sessions myself and Sensei John made sure they trained very hard. In the Cadet Category (16-17yrs) we knew the Russians would be favourites but I was determined to make our Cadets fit and strong and not frightened to fight the more experienced European fighters. Sensei John and myself have been preparing for this prestigious event for over a year. We have held many squad sessions in England and Wales, had regular training weekends and a week before the tournament had a four day training camp in Tenby, Wales. Preparation has been good and when I selected the GB team the whole squad were told that they had to commit to a lot of training. All did and I think the results show that. We arrived at our hotel on the Thursday, as I wanted the team to relax and prepare themselves mentally for the big day. On the Friday the Cadet fighters weighed in with no problems and we went out for a meal and then to bed early. On the day of the tournament there was an air of excitement and nervousness throughout the team. I got them all together for an encouragement chat and then we were off.

Shihan Andrew Turner and Sensei John Mouldon

Dan Small and in the girls Haley Rowlands beating a very strong Swiss fighter to become World Champion. Overall I was very impressed with the fighting from the other countries, especially the students from Argentina, Australia and Israel. All had travelled many miles and hours and still fought very well. There was a good standard of fighting and I think it will get better and better. In the Cadets our fighters showed that they can compete with more experienced fighters. Most of the other countries start fighting when they are 10/12 years old but our children can’t start until they’re 16, which is quite an advantage to the other fighters. We still gained five 3rd Places which was a great achievement for our Cadets. At present the Cadets have four tournaments they can take part in: Pilatus Cup, Switzerland, Belgium Youth Championship, Dutch Youth Championship and the Severn Challenge - Cup of Europe. All of which give our Cadets experience but I feel that we should now look at our younger fighters aged 14/15 to start fighting semi contact. I am extremely proud of every single member of the Great Britain Squad they trained really hard and did not moan, they gave their spare time up to train and do exams, and they were a joy to teach and coach.

Standing waiting to be led out onto the arena was one of the proudest moments of my life and I became a bit emotional with a tear in my eye. After a year’s hard work the big day had come. The team had trained extremely hard, John and myself were shattered from all the weekends of training and fund raising and now the team had to perform to their best ability.

Lastly I must say a big, big thank you to my wife Kath who for many years has fed, watered and looked after the children. She has been my backbone in the making of such a successful team. Also the team’s success is not just down to me but also to my assistant coach Sensei John and his wife Bev who have worked tirelessly with the Welsh part of the GB team., He has been totally committed to the preparation and I can’t thank him enough.

It was great day and Hanshi being promoted to 10th Dan was a very special moment for us all. Hanshi has always been a great supporter of our youth and through his vision and encouragement we now have a Junior and Cadet World Class Tournament we can be proud off. The GB junior Clicker fighters were excellent and the teams and individuals had a brilliant day. The GB A team winning and the GB B team runners up. In the individuals Four GB Boys in the semi finals, with all six boys being in the last eight! The title being won by Tournament line up listening to opening speeches

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3rd IFK U-18 World Tournament Review The 3rd IFK Under 18 Tournament started in spectacular fashion with the 16 participating countries lined up for the opening speeches, which was highlighted by the emotional promotion of Hanshi Steve Arneil to 10th Dan. Then it was straight into the action with the team event of the under 16 clicker fighters. The teams were put into two blocks with Poland defeating France, who were then beaten by Great Britain B and Hungary defeated USA but fell at the next hurdle to Switzerland. The block one semi final was a tense affair going fight for fight until Great Britain B went through 3-2. In Block 2 Norway secured a semi final place defeating Ireland and Great Britain A cruised past Israel who had previously put out Australia. In the Semi final Great Britain A were too strong defeating Norway 5-0. In the final Great Britain A team beat Great Britain B team 4 to 1. Individual Clicker Boys The early rounds were dominated by the British and Swiss fighters with the top 8 all comprising of these boys who clearly were the most experienced and skilled at this type of fighting. Dan Small defeated his countryman Stuart Lee in the first bout then Josh Mays used his movement to keep Manual Teller of Switzerland on the back foot. Jordan Da Costa eased past Simon Zurfluh of Switzerland and in another all GB affair Jordan Prescott pipped Blake Collins to make up the final four. In the semi finals Dan Small eased ahead of Josh Mays early on and every time Mays got back into it Small would step up and get ahead again to take victory. Jordan Da Costa kept Jordan Prescott on the back foot and showed nice movement to defeat his teammate in the all GB affair. In the final club mates Small and Da Costa put on a good show and Small cemented the win, matching his sister of 2006 catching Da Costa with a punch to the back and a very well controlled spinning back kick. Individual Clicker Girls GB Girls Emily Senior, Dani Lewis, Amelia White and Ellie Edwards all fought excellently but all lost in the last 16. The quarter finals were a far more mixed affair with Haley Rowlands defeating Dominka Kowaliw from Poland, Haley’s experience took it’s toll on the Polish girl. Tanya Gabathuler of Switzerland beat Evy Bjornestad of Norway to set up the first semi that was won by the British girl, so Rowlands moved on to the final. Block B saw Stephanie Williams beaten by Andrea Gansner from Switzerland and Christel Ingebretsen of Norway beat Paulina Kaczor of Poland to make up the second semi. In this match Gansner proved too strong and went forward to the final. In a very close final Hayley Rowlands and Andrea Gansner swapped point for point until the last 30 seconds when Rowlands managed to gain composure and ease through to a unanimous victory. Boys Lightweight Nigamaev of Russia looked under a great deal of pressure against Belorussian Yauseyeu but scored ippon with a cracking chudan mawashi geri. Then he stopped Thomas from GB with a punch within 30 secs. Shaheen from Kuwait seemed to be in control of a long bout and hurt Dallavara who produced a great turn around to win the fight with a waza ari to the body. Ozga from GB was a different proposition though with good movement and picked off Dallavara before scoring ippon with a chudan mae geri. Eberli of Switzerland gave Prudnikov all he could handle and eased into the quarters where he was unable to face Williams from Great Britain due to a hand injury. Marco Martins GB defeated Australian Tony Le but dropped a second round decision to Russian Champion Erov. First semi saw Ozga GB put up a tremendous attempt in a really exciting battle that saw Nigamaev win by judges’ decision in the third round. Erov really took the fight to Williams GB who wouldn’t quit and tried everything to stop the Russians march to the final. Unfortunately he didn’t quite have enough and saw the judges vote for the talented Erov after two hard rounds.

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In the final its seems the tougher fights Nigamaev had getting through slowed him up and Erov showed his class constantly getting through with eye catching combos. In the second round as Erov pressed forward his advantage Nigamaev was giving ground but came close with a very sharp jodan mawashi with about 15 seconds to go. On Hantei with two judges in favour of Erov the referee agreed and Erov was World Champion. Boys Middleweight Tahan of Israel had a tough battle against Hutyra of Belarus and eventually came out victorious to set up a semi final against Zasypkin who showed his class to progress to the final. Luke Baldwin Started the fight well but was caught with Shita Tsuki and Pascal Kung from Switzerland went through to the next round. Mescheryakov dispatched Eide of Norway and then Kung to march to the final. The final once again saw two Russians and after a very indifferent start Zasypkin decided to stop messing around and took the fight to Meshcheryakov huirting him to the body for two waza ippons and victory. Boys Heavyweight Ishaknelli Russia started like a steam train with blistering hand combinations to score waza ari against Boke of Hungary. He then finished his game opponent with tobi ushiro mawashi. Again in the semi final he flew out of the traps hurting Webster of GB with punches and finishing him with jodan mawashi geri. Dupont of France was perhaps the most spirited fighter forcing both Rawlins GB and Lavi of Israel into thr trenches and winning both on decision to make the final. Unfortunately he was no match for the star of the division as Ishakneli piled on the pressure scoring a waza ippon for low kicks in the first round of the final. Girls Lightweight Alex Nauth Misir GB had a very even fight with Vermissen of Holland in the first round but forced the fight to take a judges’ decision at the end of the second . GB fighter Sophie Lee scored waza ari against Rechsteiner Switzerland but could not match the strength of Neboriachok who scored ippon with a punch. Von Wyl Switzerland went through after Davies GB fouled with a punch to the throat but came up short when Gasparian, who had eased past Van Eijk of Holland, then scored ippon with Jodan mawashi geri. The second semi had Nauth Misir trying to tactically negate Neboriachok’s attacks but eventually the strong Russian scored waza ari which was enough to secure a spot in the final. Unfortunately the final was a tepid affair with both girls not showing the determination to down their opponents the same way as they had in the early rounds. That said, Neboriachok’s positioning on her attacks for someone so young I think demonstrates a champion of the future. She deservedly took the title over the fading Gasparian and maybe could have finished it earlier if she had really attacked to her full ability. Girls Heaveyweight The division was affected by visa restrictions for some fighters but it didn’t diminish the achievement of the fighters in the event. Door of GB had a really tough battle against Arrindal of Holland and took a judges’ decision, and her semi final was also a nail biter with the home crowd willing her to get through. At the end of the second round the judges went 2-0 for Weiter who was substantially heavier so a draw would have seen her lose but the GB referee Graham Warden was spot on awarding the bout to Weiter Israel who had consistently tried to KO Door with mawashi geris. At the other end of the draw Khan GB started strongly and looked to be pressing but Samuelsen Norway scored a kick to the stomach for waza ari and finished the bout with a waza ippon. Van Velthoen Belgium just seemed to outwork Taylor GB and took the flags after two minutes. Van Velt Hoen secured a place in the final by outworking Samuelsen but might of become too worked up for the final and hit Weiter several times in the face as Weiter went for the victory. The judges agreeing this affected Weiter’s charge for the title gave her the decision and Israel’s first IFK World title.

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Arial Tahan against Ivan Zasipkin

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Arial Tahan against Ivan Zasipkin

Blake Colins

Josh Mays

Dupont from IFK France with a Jodan Mae Geri

Marco Morreale in action

Vitaly Ishakneli of Russia scores wasari by Ushrio Geri

Itzik Ashkenazi and World Champion Mor Vaiter from IFK Israel

Dupont of IFK France against italy Ishakneli of Russia

Rahael Eberli from Switzerland

Mariia Neboriachok and Alex Nauth-Misir

Alex Nauth-Misir of GB against Ashley Versmissen from IFK Holland

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3rd IFK U-18 World Tournament Results K2, Crawley. Saturday 23rd July 2011 Under 16 - Clicker Clicker Team 1. Great Britain A 2. Great Britain B 3. Norway 3. Switzerland Girls Clicker 1. Hayley Rowlands - Great Britain 2. Andrea Gansdner - Switzerland 3. Tanja Gabathuler - Switzerland 3. Christel Ingebretsen - Norway Boys Clicker 1. Dan Small - Great Britain 2. Jordan Da Costa - Great Britain 3. Jordan Prescott - Great Britain 3. Josh Mays - Great Britain

The Junior Great Britain Squad with their trophy haul

Cadet Kyokushin Rules Girls –58 KG 1. Mariia Neboriachok - Russia 2. Kristina Gasparian - Russia 3. Alex Nauth-Mizir - Great Britain 3. Laura Von Wyl - Switzerland Girls +58 KG 1. Mor Weiter - Israel 2. Sandy Van Velthoen - Belgium 3. Annie Samuelsen - Norway 3. Rachel Door - Grear Britain

3rd IFK U-18 World Tournament winners and placings

Boys –68 KG 1. Bakhodour Erov - Russia 2. Evgeny Nigamaev - Russia 3. Dawid Ozga - Great Britain 3. Nathan Williams - Great Britain Boys –78KG 1. Ivan Zasipkin - Russia 2. Fedor Meshcheryakov - Russia 3. Pascal Kung - Switzerland 3. Ariel Tahan - Israel

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Boys +78KG 1. Vitaly Ishakneli - Russia 2. Eliot Dupont - France 3. Or Lavi - Israel 3. Charlie Webster - Great Britain

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BKK British Open 2010 Results K2 Centre, Crawley. Saturday 2nd October 2010

Photos by Tim Diacon

BKK Novice Mens Lightweight 1. Dan Fryer - BKK Melton Mowbray 2. Wayne Sullivan - BKK Cardiff 3. Rhys Bevan - BKK Ynysowen 3. Junichi Takeda - BKK Wimbeldon BKK Novice Mens Middleweight 1. Dimirti Karalis - BKK Hastings & Bexhill 2. Chris Da Costa - BKK Docklands 3. David Edwards - BKK Ynysybwl 3. Ben Browster - BKK Westcroft BKK Novice Mens Heavyweight 1. Henryk Jakubiak - BKK Crystal Palace 2. Noel Levy - BKK Crystal Palace 3. Ollie Potter - BKK Bethnal Green 3. Ali Itami - BKK Cranford

Dmitry Savelyev

Open Womens Under 60Kg 1. Marai Lepina - IFK Moscow 2. Emma Markwell - BKK Wimbledon 3. Victoria Tsimbalist - IFK Moscow 3. Prisicilla Lambregtse - IFK Holland Open Womens Over 60Kg 1. Kelly Balmer - BKK Crystal Palace 2. Megan Grace - BKK Wimbledon 3. Marina Soborina - IFK St Petersburg 3. Anita Bucher - IFK Switzerland

Spencer Bennett against Aleksandr Afanasyev of Russia

Emma Markwell against Maria Lepina

Open Mens Lightweight 1. Aleksandr Afanasyev - IFK Novy Urengoi 2. Solomennikov Evgeniy - IFK Novy Urengoi 3. Spencer Bennett - BKK Cardiff 3. Nikolia Hansen - Danish Ashihara Org Open Mens Middleweight 1. Chepkasov Denis - IFK Novy Urengoi 2. Donov Andrey - IFK Novy Urengoi 3. Jimmie Collin - Sweden Shihkyokushin 3. Umbark Tohtabayev - IFK Novy Urengoi

Darren Stringer against Aleksandr Afanasyev of Russia

Open Mens Heavyweight 1. Dmitry Savelyev - IFK St Petersburg 2. Artur Tilov - IFK Novy Urengoi 3. Fredrik Olsson - Sweden Shihkyokushin 3. Alexsandr Karshigeev - IFK Novy Urengoi Spirited Fighter Award Wayne Sullivan - BKK Cardiff

Kelly Balmer against Anita Bucher

Tamewashari Award Anton Solovyev - IFK St Peterburg Fastest Knowckout Award Karl-Johan AndrĂŠn - Sweden Shinkyokushin Chairmans Award Shihan Andrew Turner (5th Dan) Darren Stringer scores wazari

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Ollie Potter against Noel Levy

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Hanshi with Shihan Janine Davies

Juan Batisia Rodriguex Alcaraz

Alan Shnawa

Wai Cheung under instruction from Shihan Pickthall

Shihan Nick da Costa & Chris da Costa

Maria Lepina and Emma Markwell in the Ladies -60kg final

Jimmie Collin from Sweden scores Ippon with Hiza Geri

Maria Lepina

Tom Silver with Shihan Pickthall

Ramon Spoor and Juan batisia Rodriguex Alcaraz

Alan Shnawa and Nikolia Hansen of Danish Ashihara Organisation

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Cliff Van Tilburg (left)

Maciek Mazur and Vicotr Rodriguez Jimenez

BKK Kyokushin Knockdown Round Up Oyama Fujime Cup, Barcelona, November 2010 Darren Stringer, Alan Shnawa and Emma Markwell went to compete in this event hosted by the Satori dojo from the Rengokai organisation. Darren took 2nd place losing in the final to the local favourite Redondo who had beaten Alan on decision in the second round. Emma also finished 2nd in the ladies LW category. Dutch Shinkyokushin Open, Zupten, Holland, Feburary 2011 Malcolm Scott and Alan Shnawa both lost their first fights at this tournament. Malcolm giving away near 20 kg and about 25 cm in height lost a decision to Fredrick Olsson of Sweden and Alan lost a 3rd close decision to his opponent. 3rd IKK Open Knockdown, Folkstone, March 2011 Fighters from Sweden Shinkyokushin, IKO1 France, KSK, IKK, IFK France and BKK took part in this event with BKK fighters once again doing very well. Spencer Bennett took the lightweight title after a few tough battles, Mariusz Kwarciak also took part for Gravesend and Antonine Bouu from IFK France took 3rd. Marius Dzikas from Kyokushin Academy went one better winning gold in the Heavy’s and Paul Stephens came 3rd. Emma Markwell beat Aurelia Grzywna of IFK France in the final of the ladies LW. England v Wales April 2011 Once again it was disappointing that full teams were not fielded due to a lack of fighters wanting to represent their country and both coaches agreed that the match would be fought over only four bouts. Tim Diacon started the event off well for England with an ippon and then Cally Pycroft and Sara Bowen fought a tough draw. Richard Sapey defeated Steve Ouko on decision and then Paul Stephens rounded off a Welsh victory by taking the flags against Lee Baker.

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Malcom Scott against Fredric Olsson

IKK Tournament winners Paul Stephens, Marius Dzikas, Emma Markwell & Spencer Bennett

Rengokai European Championships, Hungary, April 2011 Darren Stringer took 1st place with Alan Shnawa taking 2nd in the LW at this event. Darren deafeated his first opponent by 1 rd decision then scored ippon for jodan mawashi and took his semi final again by decision. After taking two fights on decision Alan won his semi final fight with a roll kick knockdown. In the final both men used good technique and movement to negate the other’s attacks, but on Hantei Darren was awarded the title. Diamond Cup Shinkyokushin, Belgium, May 2011 A tough international field was assembled with the IFK being strongly represented by IFK GB, Russia and Holland. We picked up 1st place in LW, MW and SHW mens divisions with IFK Russia dominating. BKK fighters Emma Markwell LW, Kelly Balmer MW, Sam Williams HW and Darren Stringer/ Alan Shnawa LW Wai Cheung MW and Malcolm Scott HW all performed well but Emma was the only prize winner with 2nd place losing to the 2 time Lithuanian champion on decision. Wesley Wellbrink (Holland) also took 2nd place in the men’s Kata.

Emma Markwell, Aurelia Grzywna and Cecilia Wallin

Emma Markwell takes 2nd

Team IFK from the ShinKyokushin Diamond Cup Tournament

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Senpai Greg Hitchings 16th April 1986 - 2nd May 2011 “From the day he walked into the dojo I knew that he would be a special student” Words by Shihan Andrew Turner (5th Dan) Senpai Greg Hitchings joined Dunmow Kyokushinkai Karate Club in 1992 at the age of six. From the day he walked into the dojo I knew that he would be a special student. Senpai Greg was tragically killed in a motorbike accident on 2nd May 2011 and it was a great loss to his family, friends and everyone at the club. His achievements as a junior have yet to be matched, not just in Dunmow Dojo but throughout the British Karate Kyokushinkai. He also represented England on many occasions. Before his accident he was helping to teach the juniors on a regular basis, passing on his knowledge and experience. Senpai Greg won the British Kata Tournament in every grade as a junior, blue belt, yellow, green, brown and as a Black Belt from 1994-2000. Greg was an exceptional fighter and had wonderful techniques. He was so good he was selected to fight for England against Wales on numerous occasions and was the team Captain 5 times. Senpai Greg achieved his Black Belt on 10th December 2000 at the age of 14. He was the youngest person in the club’s history to achieve his 1st Dan at such a young age. His achievements speak for themselves, but from a very young age Greg had always trained with 100% effort, he was a dedicated and totally committed Karateka. As he got older he still had the same enthusiasm that he had when he was a junior and he was a great instructor for the children who all respected and loved his session. Every thing the club took part in tournaments, beach training, courses, summer camps etc. Senpai Greg and his parents, Bob and Sandy, where always there. As the Chief Instructor of Dunmow Kyokushinkai Karate club since it began in 1985, I have rarely seen such a young and talented junior student like Senpai Greg. He died very young but his memory will go on for ever. He was not only a wonderful student but he was also a great friend. In 2012 we will be holding a tournament in his honour at Dunmow Leisure centre called The Greg Hitchings Memorial Trophy. It will be an inter club competition against other clubs from around the country and consist of Kata, Clicker (non contact) and Knockdown (full contact fighting). Sempai Greg Hitchings

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British Regional 2011 Results Rivermead Lesiure Centre, Redding. Saturday 14th May 2011 BKK Novice Women -60kg 1. Reena Prasad - BKK Crawley 2. Anne Marie Jardine - BKK Cardiff

Regional Womens Over 60Kg 1. Emma Markwell - BKK Wimbeldon 2. Kelly Balmer - BKK Crystal Palace 3. Hazel Compton - Newport IKO 3. Lia Howlett - BKK Dunmow

BKK Novice Women +60kg 1. Cally Pycroft - BKK Melton Mowbray 2. Sarah Bowen - BKK Ynysowen

Regional Mens Middleweight 1. Wai Cheung - BKK Crystal Palace 2. Sam Stevens - BKK Milton Keynes 3. Franck Canal - BKK Wakefield 3. Lewis Kalicnski - Bridgened IKO

BKK Novice Mens Lightweight 1. Daniel Fryer - BKK Melton Mowbray 2. Sami Mehio - BKK Hashings And Bexhill 3. Russell Small - BKK Hastings And Bexhill 3. Sean Jackson - BKK Milton Keynes

Regional Mens Heavyweight 1. Malcolm Scott - BKK Crawley 2. Marius Dzikas - BKK Margate 3. Hristo Lyubenov - BKK Haringey 3. Wahab Khaloleh - BKK Wakefield

BKK Novice Mens Middleweight 1. Michael Kelly BKK Milton Keynes 2. Shahan Nizar BKK Wimbeldon 3. Ollie Wassall BKK Melton Mowbray

Most Spirited Fighter Sam Stevens - BKK Milton Keynes

Dolph Lundgren and The Expendables Last November Shihan David Pickthall was contacted by Dolph Lundgren who was in London to promote the release of the Expendables DVD.

combinations and then some light sparring. Shihan David sparred with Dolph for the cameras.

He asked if Shihan David and a couple of students were available for a photo shoot at LA Fitness in Holborn for the press. David took Sempai Darren Chan and Ollie Potter with him and put the three of them through a short workout for the photographers comprising some basics, stretching, knockdown

It’s great to see that although now a famous film star, Dolph has not forgotten his roots and took the opportunity to promote Kyokushin through papers and online publications like the Daily Mail.

Ollie Potter, Shihan David Pickthall, Dolph Lungren and Senpai Darren Chan

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Sensei Oleg Kalyuzhny (4th Dan) “The only excusable reason to skip training is death” Words and Photos By Elena Kalyuzhny, IFK Estonia On 2 June 2011, Sensei Oleg Kalyuzhny, President of the Kyokushinkai Karate Federation of Estonia and the country’s representative in the International Federation of Kyokushinkai Karate (IFK) (4th Dan) passed away. In a moment, in an absurd accident, a teacher, father, faithful friend, fellow and a person who devoted his whole life to Kyokushinkai Karate was lost forever. Oleg began his karate training in 1981, at a time when karate was prohibited in the Soviet Union. However, no ban could stop him along his way. He became really addicted to Kyokushinkai Karate. It was not until 1989 that the Union of Martial Arts was created and it no longer became necessary to conceal training. Throughout the years that followed Oleg was taught by many masters, namely Oleg V. Ignatov (5th Dan), Alexander I. Tanuyshkin (6th Dan), Viktor P. Fomin (6th Dan), Dmitry Yu. Kotvitsky (3rd Dan) and attended various international schools. Since 1996 he regularly attended the schools led by Hanshi Steve Arneil (9th Dan). In September 1999, at the Autumn school in Moscow, Oleg successfully passed the Dan-test led by Alexander I. Tanuyshkin and became the first black belt in Estonia. That same year the President of the International Federation of Kyokushinkai Karate (IFK), Hanshi Steve Arneil, appointed him as the country’s representative. A little later, in April 2001, the “Taisei” Club and the Federation of Kyokushinkai Karate of Estonia were created. Oleg Kalyuzhny became the President of the Club and the President of the Federation. That same year sportsmen of the Estonian Federation found their way into international championships. Clearly they did not podium finish at the World Cup and World Championship, or even at the European Championship, but were among the top twenty in the

world, and even in the top ten in Europe. For a young federation these were very good results, as well as a great experience for the fighters. In February 2002 in Poland Oleg passed his attestation for 2nd Dan despite running a temperature and having a fractured arm (during tameshivari - a test on braking items). Already after one week, with an immobilized plastered arm, he held training sessions and did push-ups with the broken plastered arm. This was the picture of Oleg, who loved karate. He lived the way he demanded of others. After three years, at the Winter school in Poland he passed the Sensei Dan Test (3rd Dan). Again he was the first – and also the first Sensei in our country. During these years Sensei invested a lot of physical and emotional energy into his students. He was excited to see their success. Each victory at championships and each successful examination of his students was a great joy for Oleg. Each defeat he regarded as his own mistake. In 2009 at another annual Spring school Hanshi Steve Arneil awarded yet another Dan to Oleg (4th Dan). I am not sure if everyone remembers Oleg’s words: ‘the only excusable reason to skip training is death’. As recently as 1 June he was still in the dojo leading the training, teaching his students and telling them about the successfully held school with Hanshi. However, on 2 June he had passed away, and in his own words it was the only excusable reason for him not to attend the next training session! Sadly Oleg is no longer with us and the pain and the loss will be with us forever. Sensei Oleg Kalyuzhny (4th dan)

World Union Of Kyokushin Karate The first conference of the Kyokushin World Union was held in Moscow on 28th March 2011. Minister Yury Trutnev (5th Dan IKO 1) chaired the meeting where the possibility of a union of Kyokushin organisations for international competition was discussed.

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Shihan Liam Keaveney and Shihan David Pickthall were sent as representatives on behalf of Hanshi for the IFK to the meeting that also featured Kyokushinkan, KWF, the Shugokai Foundation and all major representatives of the Russian Kyokushin Association who are already holding a unified Championship every two years. The next conference is scheduled for October this year.

Liam Keaveney and Yury Trutnev signing WUKK documents

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My First BKK Summer Camp 2011 by Miguel Ramano, BKK Haringey Dojo, Photos by Ollie Potter I have to say from the outset that I never planned to write anything for the magazine and it was only the ‘encouragement’ of Shihan Liam Keaveney and Ollie Potter that made me do so. So apologies for my lack of style and any sense of literary finesse. Two days before going to camp, I had gone through a four day marathon of law exams and had had less than 12 hours sleep in the whole week preceding camp. Not the best preparation, I hear you say. But there was no way I was going to miss this. For the past year, Senpais Marcel Saunders and Hristo Lyubenov, who took their Shodan grading at last year’s camp, had been telling me about their experience. So when Sensei Savio Santimano asked me if I would like to do camp this year, I didn’t need much convincing. Having the opportunity to train with Hanshi Steve Arneil, and also being instructed by the likes Shihan Liam Keaveney, Nick Da Costa, Alex Kerrigan, David Pickthall et al was too good an opportunity to turn down. “A – B – C – E – F – G …”. This was me an hour and half into my first summer camp training session, singing in front of a crowd of more than a 100. To say that I wasn’t expecting anything of the sort would be a bit of an understatement. I had been given A feather (my emphasis) by Hanshi Steve Arneil and was asked if I knew how to sing - to which I said no. Come to think of it, I’m not sure how any answer would have helped me on that day and realised with hindsight that perhaps I should not have responded when the name “Carlos” was called out (my name is not even Carlos, but apparently I look like a “Peruvian gangster”, so there). Let me say that before my ABC performance, I had never heard of the feather, was not even aware of the existence of so-called BKK Summer camp feather, let alone the rules around keeping the feather at all times and that some sort of forfeit will follow if I lost it.

that is often forgotten and that is the mental aspect of it. The physical and mental aspects are of course both directly related but this summer camp for me was also a discovery of what mental tenacity can bring to my karate. You hit the pads and you fight until you are out of breath and then you fight some more and then when you are really out of it, you fight and hit some more. As Sensei Wai Cheung said “what’s the worst that can happen? At the end you will only be sucking as much oxygen as you can”. Conversations with the likes of Sensei Wai Cheung, Senpai Tom Silver et al were fascinating to say the least. I learned that even the top fighters go through the same mental stress that other novice fighters go through. Their experience obviously makes it easier for them to deal with the anguish and fear before each fight. Speaking to them made me realise that mental training and preparation are as much a part of your training as is physical preparation. Everyone was amazed by the experience, skills and approach to Kyokushin that Sensei Andrea Stoppa showed. Unfortunately, I did not attend his grappling session but everyone who attended was more than impressed. Listening to Sensei Moss Ageli talk about the Japanese sword was fascinating to such a novice like me. I only wished I could have attended one of his Iaido workshops but I went for the easy sessions with Shihan David Pickthall on the pads. The humility and courtesy I encountered at camp was second to none. We trained hard, we went through endless kicks, we worked the pads until we were out of breath, we punched and kicked each other during the last sparring session but never did we lack respect or courtesy towards each other. Only in Kyokushin do you say “Osu Domo” for receiving a good low kick from your opponent. People were the same in training and out of it. You only wished this courtesy existed on the London Underground. Not that I’m suggesting kicking people on the Tube. On the same note, I met some incredible people at camp, people from different backgrounds and different stories, I made some new friends (they’ll recognise themselves) and take some great memories back. It goes without saying that a few nights after training were spent in the local pub down the road from camp. Nothing like a few pints (quite a few on the Friday night) the night before 6.30am circuit training.

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This eventful first session (for me) ended with Hanshi informing us that the next session would be at midnight. So much for a first day at camp. Next day, first session at 6.30am, circuit training with Shihan David Pickthall, next one after that 11am and next one at 2pm. This went on for three days. Most of the sessions were as expected: gruelling and mentally tiring with Hanshi taking us through the 10th kyu syllabus over and over again. The first midnight session saw us go through 10th, 9th, 8th and so on over a hundred times. Halfway through that session I was beginning to think that my bed was missing me. Needless to say, by the end of it I had already lost the feather. All the precautions taken during the day (which among other things consisted of taping the feather to my leg) were fruitless, since Shihan Liam had decided that he would take advantage of ‘myfirstsummercampnaivety’ syndrome by ‘taking’ the feather away from me within the first few seconds. I still owe a forfeit to the camp as I was ‘kindly’ discharged from it by Shihan Liam who perhaps realised at this stage that I had not eaten or slept because I was preparing myself mentally for what the forfeit would be. (I realised writing this would commit me to a forfeit for camp 2012 – but I have plans to emigrate to a forfeit-free country). My delight was there for all to see when I finally had to hand the feather to someone else. Sensei Wai Cheung reluctantly accepted it (promising me a few low kicks for Saturday session). He held on to it, until he passed it to Senpai Alan Shnawa who lost it straight away. Forfeit completed with flying colours so to speak, if you think of Alan running (I say flying) through a hundred colourful belts trying to catch him on the backside.

The famous BKK Feather

Then came the famous skits for the Sayonara Party, another summer camp tradition that I was vaguely aware of but again not expecting to be in charge of one. Shihan Nick da Costa suggested that as “previous holder of the feather” that I should be the head of the skits for the green belts and below (I don’t think I’ve ever been given so much responsibility in the space of a week – first the feather, then me demonstrating my artistic abilities). Everyone involved were brilliant. It was a choice between looking stupid and .. looking stupid, we went for both. Special mention to the shodans, who were brilliant in their special edition of “BKK’s Got Talent”, the details of which are perhaps too graphic for the purpose of this piece.

The serious stuff aside, I also had lots of fun. From the self defence session ran by Shihan Nick da Costa to the circuit and knockdown training of Shihan David Pickthall, and to the kihon sessions of Shihan Liam Keaveney, Shihan Alex Kerrigan and Hanshi, I take away a number of new techniques, bunkais and exercises that I will surely pass on to my fellow practitioners in the dojo. However, what really stuck out for me were the psychological and philosophical aspects of the art. Kyokushin, being a hard style, most of the time we tend to focus on the physical condition and fitness of the practitioner, but there is another aspect of the art Hanshi with Shihan Liam and Sensei Andrea Stoppa from Italy

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Sempai Wayne Sullivan being sung Happy 50th Birthday

Shihan Alex Kerigan

Shihan Liam Keaveney

Andrea Stoppa and Tom Silver

Sensei Stephen Davies (3rd Dan) newly promoted at camp

Jordan da Costa & Jordan Prescott

Junior Summercamp instructors with Bev Mouldon

Shihan Nick da Costa and David Pickthall

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Shihan Maria da Costa

Beginning of the final Summercamp session

Darren Stringer and Wai Cheung

I sort of got of my own back by making the Shihans dance between themselves. What our skit lacked creatively and artistically, we made up in getting the Shihans and Hanshi perform their own version of Dirty Dancing. A performance which I believe gave the word ‘cringeworthy’ a new meaning. I sort of got my own back a little, although memories of me singing and dancing in front of a crowd of more than a 100 still give me nightmares. So to sum up, camp was amazing and fun. Some sessions made me wish I was still sitting in my exams. However barring any unforeseen circumstances; I will be

back for more next year. I would advise any practitioner to try it at least once. You never know, you might witness me finish the song this time. Lastly, I mentioned above that I met some incredible people at camp, special thanks will have go to Sensei Savio, Senpai Lee Baker, Adrian Cooke and Hiro (apologies I can’t remember your surname but you kept calling me Carlos so I think we are even). I did not know some of you before camp – now I wished I didn’t know you at all. I miss summer camp banter.

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Comment By Shihan Liam Keaveaney (6th Dan)

Another BKK Camp has come and gone and after the camp a time for reflection at numerous levels. I say this as an instructor and student of many camps at home and abroad for thirty years. This year, as every year, we had a diverse and challenging camp at Felsted. Ollie Potter thought it a good idea that a fresh view of camp would be a good idea for the magazine and thanks to Miguel Ramano for his report. I first met Miguel a few months ago when he came to my Dojo with Sensei Savio Santimano (3rd Dan) and other members of Haringey Dojo – and as I struggle with names I nicknamed him “Carlos” which was on the basis of a few comical things - I hope that, in time, he forgives me for the name and his now notoriety or should I say fame? We had over one hundred Karateka training at camp with participants from Israel, Germany, Kuwait, Belgium, Australia, Netherlands, Italy and Ireland. I would single out Sensei Andrea Stoppa from Italy – who I first came into contact with a few months ago and he decided to travel to the UK train with Hanshi. Andrea is a very accomplished Budo man at various levels including Karate, Judo and Jujutsu – he is a very calm, polite, respectful man - and an example of how a true Karateka should conduct themselves. I had many discussions during camp with Andrea and I came away being very quietly influenced by his outlook and training methods. He also took an evening session where he gave a display of truly effective groundwork techniques – he mesmerised all in attendance. Hanshi Steve Arneil (10th Dan) led the senior camp with the assistance of Shihan’s Liam Keaveney (6th Dan) Nick Da Costa (6th Dan) and David Pickthall (6th Dan) – Shihan Alex Kerrigan (6th Dan) joined the camp on Thursday giving a Referees Course and assisted Hanshi teaching. The Junior Camp Instructors were: Shihan’s Andrew Turner (5th Dan) and Maria Da Costa (5th Dan), Sensei’s John Moulden (4th Dan) and Moss Ageli (3rd Dan) and all were assisted on the Junior camp by Bev Moulden. Thanks also to Maria Da Costa and Stuart Wright who did an excellent job as Summer Camp Officers, which ensured a trouble free camp. Sensei Moss took Iado sessions throughout the Camp to a long succession of eager participants – which has proved a very popular section of the BKK summer camp for quite a few years. A special mention to Janet and Michael Dyas (both in their 60’s) who have been attending camp for many years and were both successful at their 2nd Dan grading – it would embarrass most to hear of their twelve month preparation for their grading - and if you are in any doubt what needs to be done to prepare yourself for National Grading then I suggest you contact them. Congratulations to three new 3rd Dan Senseis: Lyndsay Moulden Stephen Davies and Farhad Mazaheir. A special mention to John Mertyle who achieved his Shodan with the BKK – having spent many years supporting us and Milton Keynes Dojo – he now officially joins the BKK family as a Sempai.

Miguel “Carlos, the Peruvian Gangstar” Romano

Tom Silver and Marius Dzikas

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Final session warm up taken by Hanshi

Lia Howlett of BKK Dunmow

If you have never been to a Camp then you really should try and attend – it will be a positive physical and mental experience you will never forget and can define the way you continue your training and to quote Miguel …….. “I would advise any practitioner to try it at least once”.

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Shihan Eddy Gabathuler (6th Dan) Jane Charman (2nd Dan) interviews Shihan Eddy Gabathuler (6th Dan) for Kyokushin Magazine. Shihan Eddy is the Swiss IFK Country Representative and has had a pivotal role in the development of the IFK during the past decade and we gain some small insight into his background. JC: Please can you give me a profile of your karate career EG: I started with Kyokushin Karate in 1974 in Chur / Switzerland. Chur is in the Kanton of Graubünden, the Eastern Part of Switzerland, and it is a very nice mountain area. At that time Karate was well known because of Bruce Lee with his Kung Fu movies, and because of this, we had 66 beginners. Today we would be “happy in the sky” to have this number of beginners. In the summer of 1975 I went to my first summer camp in Papendal / Holland. There I saw Shihan Arneil, his title at that time, and I was very very impressed with him. Shihan Hollander, Senseis Collins and Freier were also at this Camp. I found out more about Shihan Arneil and during the following three years I trained always for a month, my full holiday, where he taught in South London. In 1979 I was in Honbu and had the luck to train when Sosai was teaching. Later on in training I sustained a very bad injury and couldn’t train for a few weeks. Because of this I went back home. During all the years I have trained under Shihans Tadashi Nakamura, Shigeru Oyama, Bobby Lowe and Peter Chong. Shihan Nakamura impressed me very much. During my years of training I have also trained with many more very good Kyokushin Instructors and have experienced many different methods of training.

JC: Lastly what other comments would you like to add EG: Hanshi is something like my second father. I love him very much, he is really Kyokushin. Sometimes we discuss Karate very deeply, the structure and so on. We always discuss it with respect, the idea being to find a good solution. During some tournaments I have noticed that the Karateka, especially the younger ones, do not give Hanshi the respect he deserves. This makes me angry. He has devoted his life to Kyokushin and this also means for us. Kaicho Nakamura and his organisation, Seido Juku, have also impressed me a lot. Old and young Karateka train together and the more experienced ones look after the training for those coming on. I personally feel, that this is an area that can be improved upon in the IFK. Let’s not forget, a tournament fighter is strong, and when he stops tournament fighting he then becomes “just” a Karateka, Maybe one day he will be an old Karateka who has shown the way. The Japanese mentality demonstrates to us courtesy and respect for elderly people because they have the experience and the knowledge of life

JC: What inspired you to take up Kyokushin karate and have you studied/ practised any other martial arts?) EG: In 1974 only Judo was known in Chur. I went every Saturday at 5 pm to a cinema where Kung Fu movies were shown. Because of this, I knew that if I got the chance, what I wanted to learn. On 9 September there was for the first time a beginners’ course and I joined. At that time it was not important what the name or style was, because I had no idea about any of it. My teacher was Sempai Charly Lenz. During the following years he concentrated more on Ju–Jitsu, Kobudo and Judo. He is now an 8th DAN in Ju–Jitsu, 6th Dan in Kobudo, 3rd Dan in Judo and 2nd Dan in Kyokushin Karate. We are still together and I also teach in his school. I also trained in Ju–Jitsu. In 1981 I became a policeman Because of my martial arts knowledge I taught self defence. Over the years I conducted many police self defence courses. During my years in the police force I was also able to use martial arts because I could see that it worked. After a good “proportionally” placed punch or kick it was then easier to use a good technique to hold the offender. JC: Can you tell me about the pinnacle moments throughout your career to date? EG: After joining the police I had to make a decision to prioritise the job over the hobby, and because of this I couldn’t train regularly for tournaments and couldn’t fight abroad. Today I sometimes think how it would have been if I had made the decision in favour of my hobby? Today I teach kids. This was always my dream and I have pinnacle moments as a teacher and coach when they come first....

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Shihan Eddy with daughter Tanja Gabathuler

JC: What does Kyokushin karate mean to you personally? EG: I have watched many teachers and their way of teaching. I didn’t entirely make a career in the military. All my knowledge about leadership came from Karate. I have learned a lot from Hanshi during discussions with him, especially after gradings, and how he sees people. Today I am the deputy chief of criminal police. Next month I wall take over a new position where I will be head of over 120 policemen. Without Karate and all my experience I would never have achieved these positions. JC: Do you feel Kyokushin karate has changed over the years? EG: Yes, today we have more methodic training than when I began. You know excactly what you have to do and for which belt. We have a clear system which we can understand. This is very important for our “Non-Japanese-mentality”. Our Karateka have today a lot of possibilities to take part in tournaments in Kyokushin, Clicker or Kata. They can gain a lot of experience if they want to. JC: What would you most like to be remembered for? EG: I don’t want to be remembered entirely for Karate, maybe because of my job which has taken me very deep into society, I am too realistic. If I can help I do. I like IFK Switzerland Kyokushinkai very much and am one of the “wheels” in it. We are a very good team and have brought together 20 Dojos in our small country. If somebody remembers that I was involved it would be nice.

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IFK - International News The IFK welcomes some new IFK Country Representatives France – New Country Representative Alexandre Billochon In April of this year Shihan Liam Keaveney (6th Dan) took a black belt grading in Lillie and held various seminars. The new French Country Representative is Alexandre Billochon and the students grading are seen her with Shihan Liam Keaveney (6th Dan) Canada – New Country Representative Steve Fogarasi The 2011 Beach Karate Training in Toronto Canada, organized by Contact Kicks Martial Arts Dojo IFK Canada (Steve Fogarasi) took place at the beaches of Lake Ontario, Sunday August 28th.Over 30 karateka from three dojos showed up for the training camp that included : kihon, kumite, conditioning, stamina and water training. A special thanks to Sempai Karl Biedlingmaier and the USA IFK Team , who came up north and supported this event. Also thank you to Sensei Darren Lenkorn and Sempai Valentin Krastev from OSU Toronto Kyokushin Dojo for taking part with their students and breaking boundaries. This is the first major event organized by the IFK Kyokushin Canada and we hope to host many more similar activities in the future.

Alexandre Billochon with Shihan Liam Keaveaney (6th Dan)

Uruguay - New Country Representative German Carballo Welcome to the new IFK Representative German Carballo seen in the photo with Shihan Julio Romero at a recent training camp in Uruguay. Norway - New Country Representative Svein Dallavara IFK Norway has a new country representative after Shihan Tor Rune Vatland stepped down from his post.

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Uruguay IFK representative German Carballo with Shihan Julio Romero

Sensei Svein Dallavara 4th Dan from the Vadso dojo in the north of Norway has taken over the role after the board meeting at the Norwegian Summer Camp confirmed his appointment. Shihan Tor Rune remains a member of IFK Norway and we wish to thank him for all his hard work over the past years. Zimbabwe - New Country Representative Tawanda Mufundisi Welcome to the new IFK Zimbabwe country representative Sensei Twanda Mufundisi. Shihans Of the USA and Russia promoted to 7th Dan On the 27th July 2011 at the Russian Summer Camp in Yekateringburg Shihan Alexander Taniushkin was promoted to the rank of 7th Dan. On August 7th 2011 at the USA IFK Summer Cam Shihan Mike Monaco was promoted by Hanshi to 7th Dan, both these promotions were in recognition of all their hard work in promoting the IFK in Russia,USA and neighbouring countries. Hanshi visits Niagra Falls Hanshi Steve Arneil (10th Dan), Sempai Karl and a group of students from USA IFKK went to Niagara Falls to meet with IFK Canada Rep Sensei Steve Fogarasi. They talked about the future of IFK in Canada and Hanshi answered many questions about karate. Hanshi was presented a gift from IFK Canada to personally congratulate him for receiving the 10th Dan. This was a historic meeting, the 1st one for IFK Canada and they are planning to have Hanshi there in Toronto next year for the 1st IFK Kyokushin Canada Summer Camp.

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Seminar of Senpai Dmitry Saveliev BKK Crawley Dojo hosted a seminar by current British & Russian Heavyweight Champion Senpai Dimitry Saveliev on July 24 2011. Senpai Saveliev focused on the strength training and tactical aspects used by the fighters of the St Petersburg region in Russia. Thirty four students from BKK, IFK Holland, IKO 1 and IKK. Some of the techniques challenged even the most gifted students and many were influenced by from

the Russian wrestling training of Sambo. Throughout the four hour seminar Dimitry emphasised the importance of staying relaxed whilst in good posture and positioning to deliver powerful techniques. We would all like to thank Sempai Dimitry for his time and for sharing his experience during this seminar.

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CHELMSFORD KARATE KYOKUSHINKAI 30 Year anniversary 1981 to 2011. Shihan Stuart Wright 5th Dan would like to thank all the past and present students of the Chelmsford Dojo that have made this mile stone possible Osu...!

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Our instructors and students wish the BKK success at K2 Crawley National Knockdown Tournament

Sunday morning session: Juniors 11.00-12.00 Seniors 12.00-13.30 Evening sessions: Wednesday 19.00-20.30 The 35th British Open

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GRAVESEND KYOKUSHIN KARATE CLUB THE CYGNET LEISURE CENTRE OLD PERRY STREET NORTHFLEET KENT, ENGLAND, UK CHIEF INSTRUCTOR SHIHAN RAY BOND (5th Dan) T 01622 871715 HOW TO FIND US - From the M25 Take the A2 towards Canterbury and take the Northfleet and Gravesend(WEST exit. At the end of the slip road filter left and then move immediately to your right and turn right at the roundabout. Follow the road for about 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile and the entrance to the car park is on your left. WHEN TO FIND US Adult Beginners Monday evening at 7.30pm. Adult Main Class Monday evening at 8.00pm. Juniors Friday evening 5.00pm-6.30pm.


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Kyokushin Shinsa by Shihan Liam Keaveney (6th Dan) Introduction In the year where we saw Hanshi Steve Arneil being promoted to the rank of 10th Dan, and in essence the ultimate grading level, it set me reflecting on the Kyokushin Shinsa system within our own organization and that in turn lead me along many paths – some of which I touch upon in this short article. Shinsa is the Japanese for “test or examination”. The term “Hanshi” means amongst other things: the highest level, professor, master, teacher of teachers – this title certainly befits someone of Hanshi Steve Arneils’ heritage and experience spanning some fifty years. I have assisted Hanshi Steve Arneil (10th Dan) with the BKK Gradings now for many years and I see this as an honor and privilege which has enabled me to gain a further insight into Hanshi’s process – one which he uses world wide. I offer here a general insight and indeed maybe some advice to future students who wish to take their BKK/IFK black belt grading. I do this with the knowledge that many students present themselves for grading less than prepared (at many levels) and this, in my view is, unnecessary and a severe disappointment. What does it mean to gain a Black Belt? Back in 1978 I found my self entering an essay competition held by IKO Tokyo Honbu – in their International Magazine – asking for an article on “What it means to be a Black Belt”. At that time I was training at Haringey Dojo with Shihan Jose Claronino and was in preparation for my BKK Black belt (having joined the BKK as a Shodan from another organization). Well I wrote the article from my heart and found myself winning the competition and the following year traveling to Tokyo to collect my prize and attend the 2nd World Tournament. I was totally shocked to win the competition and still to this day find it amazing that my words were worthy (internationally) to be accepted. I will not repeat the article here but in précis: the award of a black belt to any student has many levels of impact. These include the personal satisfaction of reaching the ranks of Yudansha, also the reward to your instructor, the impact on your dojo, the influence to your national organization and finally the effect on the International Organization. But lets make no mistake that at the top of the list must be the students desire and ability to attempt and pass the grading.

Yudansha Line up 2011

over a period of time. In your mind you should set your marker at a 5 hour grading session – and mentally and physically set your sights on this as being an expectation that you should achieve and even surpass. We acknowledge that an 18 year old attempting a grading will have a different physical ability than a 68 year old – but they will both give 100% - there is no two tier grading system based on age – ask Michael and Janet Dyas who passed their Ni Dan Grading at Summer Camp and attending the whole camp as well! If you have some physical condition that prevents you from carrying out certain things – that’s fine - but you will be pushed in alternative ways to compensate. Grading Day Currently the BKK Black Belt Gradings takes the following format: • Kata • Kihon/basics • Renraku • Conditioning • Equipment work • Kumite • Tamashiwari

There is an argument that when training in the dojo you should give 100% at all times – so the transition to take a grading or enter a tournament should just be an adjustment of aspiration and focus. You should be giving “your all” each time you train – but how many times have I heard the statement that because I am now going to compete or take a grading – “I need to get fitter….”. I have even heard people, at a grading, state the reason why they have not entered a knockdown tournament was because they were “not fit enough” – but they presented themselves at a National Grading – a slight tactical error! Every student should strive to be a Kaikin Deshi – a student who never misses a class.

It is an understatement to suggest that you should be 100% prepared technically for the above. You should know all your katas, basics and renrakus. If you don’t then be prepared to fail – and it should not come as a shock. If possible you should know all the kihon techniques in the order as set out in the syllabus. There is some confusion currently regarding each Kyu Grade and how Hanshi expects these to be executed – Hanshi has confirmed that he will set out his expectation in the very near future – but this order aside - you should know all the techniques from 10th Kyu up to and including your attempted grade. Can I also add that you should be able also to execute the techniques with power and effect – and not just go through the motions of demonstrating the technique – which breaks my heart to see!

Preparation for Shinsa Preparation for your grading should include the following aspects: Technical, Physically, Mental and Spiritual. If you are required to do 60 push-ups for your grading – ensure you can do 100 – I am still disappointed that some students do very little conditioning training prior to a black belt grading and they do themselves no justice at all. Whether you can do push ups on your knuckles or not – you should (physically disability aside) be able to train yourself to complete this task

Success or failure? Your mental approach based on your past training should strengthen your resolve when entering the dojo for your grading – you should have the mind-set that you are here to “claim your grade and belt” because you are the best you can possibly be - and please do not turn up to “give it a go” or just attempt the grading. If you’re not ready – then wait until you are ready! Another piece of sterling advice: don’t rely on the recommendation from your instructor as a

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guarantee you will pass! At this years BKK summer camp grading – students from both Hanshi’s dojo and my dojo failed their grading. You have to be able to perform 100% on the day and not rely on what you know you can do or have done! Finally please bear in mind that: you have not passed the grading until the last moments of the grading and you have not failed the grading until the last moments – so no matter how you feel you have to give 100% right up until the end! There have been instances where students have all but given up after the kata section of the grading thinking they had failed this section – and as a result failed their grading. Had they continued to have a positive approach and attitude they could have passed the grading in the final analysis. In conclusion if you are applying for a grading then give nothing less than your full and total commitment and training and finally to quote a famous Irish poet – “you should have courage equal to desire…….” Finally I would perhaps suggest that we see each black belt grading as a progressive examination of the self – and whether success or failure at the grading - the following day we should begin along a path of determined self improvement – come what may. In the end, the center of the grading, is in the examination of the self - and perhaps not the judgment of your grading examiner. At each grading we should see the success or failure as stepping stone towards the “ultimate truth”. If we are honest with ourselves we will identify and see the value of “what we don’t know” rather than the test of what we do know – after each grading. That is certainly the case after Sho Dan - we spend years getting to the “ultimate goal” of your training (or at least one of them) and then you are standing in your dojo, for the first time putting on your black belt - and then there is a sudden realization that this is not the end its only the beginning! The beginning of a life long pursuit. The importance of the Shinsa (like many things in karate) lies in the actual journey – not the destination. Through the tireless hours and hours of hard training we begin to discover a little more about ourselves each time – physically and mentally. That, I feel, is the true value of our training. Kyokushin Karate teaches us that we should constantly search for self improvement through the forging and testing of our mind, body and spirit – and that is a life long challenge and pursuit – and only now after nearly forty years of training am I beginning to see this just a little clearer.

Hanshi Steve Arneil (10th Dan)


“Right mind, right heart, right spirit”

Liam Keaveney (6th Dan) Dojo: Bishops House, Windhill, Bishops Stortford, Herts CM23 2NF (ten minutes from junction 8 of the M11) Monday and Wednesday 18.00 to 21.00 T: 01245 256891 E:

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Karate Kyokushin 2011  

British Kyokushin Karate Open 2011 - Programme

Karate Kyokushin 2011  

British Kyokushin Karate Open 2011 - Programme