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.