We just concluded the 2015 ALL AMERICAN OPEN International Karate Championships in New York last month and crowned OLEKSANDR IEROMENKO the All American Open Champion for the 2nd year in a row! Congratulations to all competitors from North, South & Central America and around the world, and thanks to everyone involved for your guidance, support and hard work to bring this event to fruition – KKNY’s 20th international championship event in NYC, OSU!
Excellent matches and phenomenal knockouts evidenced the unwavering power and dominance of IKO Kyokushinkaikan fighters from all over the globe. This event was the Final Selection Tournament for fighters striving for placement on their regional teams to attend the once-every-four-year pinnacle of full-contact karate competition, the Kyokushin 11TH WORLD OPEN KARATE TOURNAMENT in Tokyo, Japan in November this year.
Following the All American Open in NYC, USA, IKO Kyokushinkaikan hosted the WORLD TEAM TOURNAMENT “Torneio Mundial de Kyokushin” in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Twelve Regional Teams from all over the world, consisting of 5 competitors, 1 in each of open divisions for Men’s & Women’s Kumite, Senior’s & Junior’s Semi-Contact Kumite & Kata, were invited to participate. For Team North America, All American favorite fighters, Mohammed Chikh & Julie Lamarre competed in the Men’s & Women’s divisions respectively, and KKNY’s own Senpai Marek Mroz fought in the Senior’s division. Team North America swiftly won their first round against Brazil Team B, but were eliminated from the semi-finals by the strong European Team A. Complete info on the event here.
The Champions of the day, Team Russia prevailed overall displaying the undeniable stronghold the nation has on the IKO Kyokushinkaikan tournament circuit at present. With so many talented Russians competing in Tokyo this November, it will be difficult for for other national competitors to make headway at the 11th World, but, CHALLENGE is what KYOKUSHIN karate-ka live for, not run away from… Good luck all, OSU!!
And so, summer is off to a brisk start in the northern hemisphere. I just returned from the first IKO Kyokushinkaikan Greece Summer Camp, held in Skiathos, a remote Greek island in the Aegean Sea where the film, “Mama Mia” was shot. Difficult location to get to from the USA, 24 hours or so by air, by land and by sea, but after the journey I arrived at the stunning resort village surrounded by rocky cliffs and turquoise waters. About 50 IKO members participated in the camp, which was held on the beach and in the sea. Next week I head to the IKO Bulgaria Annual Summer Camp hosted by Bulgarian Kyokushin Association and Shihan Emil Kostov.
Next month in New York, KKNY will hold our annual Kyokushin Kids Summer Day Camp in the city. I teach many excellent camps for thousands of students around the world each year, but always look forward to our own KKNY-NJ camp for children & youths in Manhattan. We cover kihon basics, ido-geiko step work, and body conditioning, as well as Kata, Kumite & Tameshiwari for kids & teens ages 4-12, and 13-19yrs training together. Aside from the Dojo training sessions, which are held 3 times daily, we venture around NYC on group field trips, training & playing outdoors in the park (weather permitting), and to museums and events around midtown Manhattan. It’s a great bonding experience for all of us, and kids finish camp ready to face the rigors of the next school year. To register for Camp or more info, email us directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or see our webpage link: www.kkny.net – KKNY-NJ Brown & Black Belts should make the Kids camp counselor experience a community service priority and to prepare for testing. Email Shihan Gorai to volunteer.