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On 17-20 July 2014 at the premises of the University of Physical Education in Krakow was held the 41st East European Kyokushin Summer Camp in which took part about 240 participants from the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Moldavia, Poland, Russia, Spain and Ukraine. Training sessions were delivered by European Kyokushin Federation  President shihan Antonio Pinero (8 dan) and Country Representative of Japan shihan Noriyuki Tanaka (6 dan). Training sessions were held four times a day according to a training program prepared by shihan Andre Drewniak (8 dan) aimed at giving supplementary training to branch representatives and instructors. Shihan Andrzej Krawontka and shihan Zdzislaw Niedzwiedz also helped run the training sessions.
On 17 July President Antonio Pinero held a Meeting with representatives of the countries participating in the camp. They discussed perspectives for further development and cooperation with Japan, with particular emphasis on participation in the first KWF World Championship in Tokyo on 3 November as well as seminar and exams in Mitsumine on 4-5 November 2014.
On 18 July branch representatives participated in a Meeting held by President Antonio Pinero to discuss the current situation in the KWF in terms of further dynamic development in Europe and worldwide as well as closer cooperation with other organizations. Particular emphasis was placed on helping Polish clubs to delegate 15-20 most successful fighters to the World Championship and 30-35 participants to the seminar in Mitsumine. President of Polish Karate Federation, sensei Maciej Sokołowski, took on an obligation to coordinate the purchase of plane tickets. In compliance with the many years'- tradition shihan Andre Drewniak took the special night training since the hour 2 to 4 a.m.
On 19 July was held a 4-hour exam on kyu and dan and afterwards, in the late evening, was organized a traditional Sayonara party and cabaret competition. The first prize was given by shihan Antonio Pinero to the team consisting of camp groups number 7, 8 and 9. Krakow Team, coordinated by sensei Michal Werner, organized a performance of the European Champion in dance, music was provided by a DJ - karateka from Katowice.
On 20 July all the participants took part in a 90-minute kumite and photo session during which they were awarded certificates for kyu and dan. The following participants successfully completed the exam for 5th dan and earned the title of shihan: Henryk Orzechowski (Poland), Sergey Soldatov (Russia), Krzysztof Dubiel (Poland), Anatoliy Fazliev (Russia) and Robert Kern (Hungary). Eliasz Madej (Poland), Mirosław Guzik (Poland), Radik Bilalutdinov (Russia) and Andrzej Kłujszo (Poland) passed the exam for the 4th dan, and for the 3rd dan: Radosław Ambroziak, Dorota Kasinska, Zbigniew Palinski, Arkadiusz Sukiennik, Cezary Banasiak and Paweł Sujka (all from Poland). Thanks to the participation of authorized representatives exam results have been approved by the Kyokushin World Federation and Polish Karate Federation. At the end each participant received a commemorative certificate of participation, artistic key ring made by Zbigniew Kaszycki and 2 poster calendars with a family picture.
The organizer of the camp was Polish Kyokushin Federation. We invite you to participate in the 42. East European Summer Camp on 16-19 July 2015.


Shihan Pinero


Shihan Tanaka




Souvenir photos



On July 10th - 13th The 47th European Summer Camp was held in Papendal, Holland. There were about 125 participants from France, Holland, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey.
Special guests were shihan Andre Drewniak from Poland and shihan Bertrand Kron from France. According to plan every day took place 4-5 trainings (including the night training) under supervision of shihan Loek Hollander.
Organizer of the camp was Dutch Kyokushin Organisation. 



               Indoor                         Outdoor               Competition                  Examination


                         Examination kumite            Sayonara                 Certification 


The Norwegian Summer camp is over. The camp was from June 25 to June 29.

The camp was held at Moi close to Stavanger on the South West part of Norway.

208 participants attended the camp. That means that we were fully booked and could not allow the last comers to attend.

Shihan Antonio Pinero was our guest instructor. And as usual Shihan Antonio was a library of good ideas and excellent instructor. He is very well liked by everyone at the camp.

Totally we were 14 instructors and we taught much kumite and kata. In addition classes of knife combat and Dim Mak ( Death Point striking, self-defense  and bunkai.

A little training in the lake was appreciated. The water is seldom warm in this lake!

The weather was warm and nice, the best for years.

The participants were full of smile and Great Spirit and promised to return next year.

We got 9 new Dan grades.

I doubt that we can make a better camp next year!!Shihan Lars Hogquist was the leader of the camp.






9-10 of May 2014 took place in Volos the 28.European Kyokushin Championship with the participation 368 competitors from 21 countries.

The official opening of championships was made by the Health Minister and the President EKF Antonio Pinero.

In the first day of the  championship took place kumite and kata of juniors and kata of seniors.

Competition preceded the International referee seminar with the participation of 46 national judges. Main judge was shihan Antonio Pinero.

In the evening The General Meeting EKF took place where was evaluated the four years'- term of office and was introduced program for the next 4 years.

Country Representatives chose the three-person composition of the Board EKF:

the President Antonio Pinero, the General Secretary Andre Drewniak and the Treasurer Lars Hogquist.

On the second day kumite of seniors and oldboys took place.

The Championship was  finished by solemn Sayonara.

Organizer of championship was Greek Kyokushin Federation led by sensei Kyriaki Stefanou 3 dan.



Opening ceremony

Kata, juniors & oldboys kumite

Seniors kumite

Award ceremony








The great Masutatsu Oyama passed away twenty years ago on 26th April 1994.

The world came to know him as an outstanding karate fighter and organizer, but also as a thinker and philosopher.

Thanks to his exceptional intellectual aura he was able to gather around him many excellent personalities of world politics, royal families and business. They came together as the International Karate Kyokushin Organisation (IKO) in the years 1960-1980.

Implementing his own philosophical principals in life, he earned the title of "The Last Samurai".

In the years 1970-1990 IKO was the largest karate organization in the world with branches in 120 countries. Sosai Mas. Oyama's last great international journey was made to Poland in November 1993. He did not conceal his satisfaction from participating in the "Oyama Cup" International Karate Tournament in the Katowice "Spodek" Arena where an audience of almost 10 thousand spectators welcomed him with a standing ovation.

Sosai Mas. Oyama changed the lives of millions of people all over the world

His original philosophy of Kyokushin, i.e. the pursuit for the Ultimate Truth, captured the hearts of young people especially. They considered the search for perfection in their own lives to be the ultimate truth. Mas. Oyama's ideals were reflected in the every-day lives of these people, in their striving for perfection in every aspect of training, study and work as well as their devotion for their parents and their country. Thanks to his philosophy their lives became more vibrant - their courage necessary for fulfilling the most ambitious dreams increased. The requirement for systematic work, perfection in action, self-control, ethic and moral purity but above all humility improved the psyche and life of millions of Kyokushin adepts. This was particularly emphasised by those who were starting their lives "from scratch" as emigrants in countries where at the beginning they had nothing but their strong will which came from practicing Kyokushin.

A group of Sosai Mas. Oyama's personal students are still with us. They pass on their experiences and the Kyokushin philosophy to the next generations.

As one of these students, we would like to ask you to dedicate the next training to the memory of Master Masutatsu Oyama.


Shihan Andre Drewniak                          Shihan Antonio Pinero






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