Message from General Secretary of KWU Shihan Aleksandr Pichkunov

Dear friends!

It’s been quite a while that we live in a new reality.

I sincerely hope that none of you and your beloved ones were affected by this disease, I hope that all of you saved your jobs and have all the opportunities to provide for your families, I hope that you are just waiting with your family for these turbulent days to pass.

Of course, it is very sad to realize how many championships, competitions, seminars and training camps we have missed during this time. Organization of any event requires tremendous efforts, and I want to express my deepest gratitude to all those who sacrifice so much effort to popularize our sport. We will definitely hold all the competitions that were postponed, and, I am sure, they will be even a greater success!

I am convinced that every crisis is also an opportunity. Now we can have a rest from the bustle, from the endless race into which our daily life drives us. These days, we have time to stop and recharge.

Of course, we cannot help but remember the amazing example of Sosai Masutatsu Oyama. The conditions in which we are now, most certainly, do not even remotely resemble those in which the Great Master spent many months in solitude. But, it seems to me, the main idea he wanted to convey in his teaching is that the most important thing that every karateka should strive for is working on “inner” self, developing spiritual, rather than physical strength, training mind and nurturing patience and humbleness. So shall we spend this period of lockdown, paying particular attention to this side of the Kyokushin philosophy.

In order Kyokushin athletes and enthusiasts could have the opportunity to train, KWU members in several countries have launched free online courses consisting of online trainings with eminent athletes. We understand that no online services can convey the atmosphere of a dojo, but under the current situation, continuous trainings become even more valuable, as it shows your commitment and focus on results.

In recent days, it seems that we are approaching a period of normalization – encouraging news is coming from different countries about the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, a very careful, time-phased return to normal life. Of course, the main priority for everyone now is health and safety, so we will make the most cautious decisions regarding the events scheduled for summer. The fate of the traditional annual KWU event – the KWU International Summer Camp Kamchia 2020 – is still unclear. As always, we will keep you informed about all changes and cancellations on our website, pages on Instagram and Facebook.

Dear KWU athletes, coaches and judges, now is the time when we should show even greater unity, solidarity and support to each other. Indeed, today more than ever our motto is “Time to be United”.

Secretary General of KWU

Aleksandr Pichkunov