On 9-10 June 2012 Moscow hosted the first joint Kyokushin World Union European Championships in the open category to promote the idea „ONE WORLD - ONE KYOKUSHIN”. In the event, which was organized in the Martial Arts Center, participated 73 fighters from 24 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Japan and Middle East. One third of participants were KWF members.
The honorary guests were: President of Russian Federation - Shihan Yuri Trutnev, President of World Karate Federatiion Shihan Antonio Espinos, President of Kyokushin World Federation - Shihan Loek Hollander, Head of Kyokushin Kan Foundation - Shihan Hatsuo Royama, Vice President of International Federation of Kyokushin - Shihan David Pickhall, President of European Kyokushin Federation - Shihan Antonio Pinero, Head Deputy of Kyokushin Kan Foundation - Shihan Tsuyoshi Hiroshige, Secretary General of WKF - Shihan Andre Drewniak and Head of Russian IFK - Shihan Aleksander Tanyushkin.
The official opening started with greetings from the crew commander of MIR - an international space station. Then President of Russian Federation, Shihan Yuri Trutnev, expressed his hope that owing to cooperation of leading Kyokushin organizations this martial art will be a part of the Olympic Games. After that President of WKF, Antonio Espinos, stressed his will to cooperate with KWU and a need to tighten cooperation to introduce Kyokushin during the Olympic Games in 2020. To achieve this goal many National Olympic Committees have to work closely. President of KWF, Shihan Loek Hollander, Head of Kyokushin Kan Foundation, Shihan Hatsuo Royama, and Vice President of International Federation of Kyokushin, Shihan David Pickhall emphasized how much they want to cooperate to make Sosai’s dream come true - let Kyokushin become one of Olympic disciplines.
Among associated events were: an international referee course dedicated to unification of Kyokushin fight rules, KWU congress and in the Hotel Marriott and two meetings at Radisson buildings and touring the Kremlin.
The winner received car keys and vehicle registration card from a representative of Subaru. Fighters who won places 1-8 were awarded one-time scholarships founded by sponsors. After the championships Sayonara party was held, which was an additional occasion to unite all participants who represented all the world.
There were about 1500 spectators and internet users could watch live transmission. The finals were broadcast by RTV.
At the end leaders of different federations stressed how historic and symbolic event it was. KWF General Secretary,Shihan Andre Drewniak, stated that organizing training session for Russian instructors together with Shihan A. Tanyushkin since 1976 he had no idea this fact would cause revolutionary changes in the World Kyokushin. The Championships in Moscow showed the organizational, training and economical level of Russian Kyokushin have outrun Japanese Kyokushin. Now Moscow is a new capital city of the World Kyokushin.
Russian Kyokushin Federation and its General Secretary Sensei Sergey Suvorov were responsible for organizing this event.
|Opening Ceremony||The Unification Meeting||Eliminations and Finals|
|Awards Ceremony||Sayonara Party|
Photos: Andre Drewniak