The 14th annual KWU Summer Camp taking place this week in Kamchiya, Bulgaria. The international camp is by far the biggest event in the world of Karate Kyokushin in the last 13 years. This year more than 600 participants from 14 countries take a part.
The 2020 KWU Summer Camp will include KWU International Professional League training sessions conducted under the guidance of Shihan Aleksandr Pichkunov (5 dan), Shihan Marin Mitev (6 dan) and Shihan Ivo Kamenov (6 dan) – Chairman of the KWU International Professional League and Chairman of Bulgaria’s National martial arts association. The sixth edition of the SENSHI fight night will take place on Friday (21.08), while the degree promotion exams will take place the very next day from 8 to 12 a.m.
Also, there will be held Iaido training sessions – an ancient martial art that is incorporated and represented every year at the KWU International Summer camp.
The remaining instructors of the camp that will be taking part in the 2020 KWU Summer Camp are Shihan Asen Asenov (6 dan), Shihan Ramil Gabbasov (5 dan), Sensei Zahari Damyanov (4 dan).
Once again, special guests of the KWU International Professional League seminar will be the kickboxing legends Semmy Schilt, Peter Aerts, and Ernesto Hoost.
As part of the 14th KWU International Summer Camp was held the KWU Youth World Cup (18-21 y.o.), which is the successor of the International Varna Cup, held since 2017. The first international tournament Varna Cup was held in 2017 and was a success. Due to the great interest and increasing number of participating countries, in 2019 the format changed to the World Cup for young karate talents.
KWU World Youth Cup (18-21 y.o.) was held in openweight category for males and females. Each winner received a medal, a cup, a diploma, and a financial award. Male division with 20 participants: 1st place 3000 euros, 2nd place 2000 euros and 2 third places 1000 euros each; Respectively for Female division with 11 participants: 1st place 2000 euros,2nd place 1500 euros and 2 third places 1000 euros each.
After contested and interesting bouts – 4 bouts to the final in the male division and 3 battles to the final in women division, the winners are Yuriy Rusin (Ukraine) and Valeriya Lozanova (Bulgaria).
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The Minister of Youth and Sports of Bulgaria Krasen Kralev presented the awards to Shihan Aleksandr Pichkunov, Ernesto Hoost, Semmy Schilt, and Peter Aerts for the development and promotion of martial arts in Bulgaria. He wished health and good luck to all participants.
The third KWU International Professional League training session in Kamchia will be remembered with the arrival of kickboxing legend and four-time K-1 WGP winner Ernesto Hoost.
“Mr.Perfect” touched down in Bulgaria earlier today and a few hours later he was attending the 14th annual KWU International Summer Camp in Kamchia where he’s an instructor at the KWU International Professional League.
Hoost, Aerts, and Schilt will take part in the upcoming sixth edition of SENSHI fight nights as special guest referees.
KWU International Professional League’s main goal is to upgrade the skill set of the professional fighters, to build on their technique and tactics that will ultimately increase the level of the fights and also to extract the most essential from the Kyokushin, Muay Thai and Kickboxing traditions. The importance of the full contact rules is embedded in the SENSHI fight nights since their beginning.
The organizers of the camp made a surprise training and it was the most pleasant thing: About 90 minutes of training led by Artem Pashporin – Russian professional Muay Thai fighter and kickboxer. World Champion W5 (2015), GPRO (2016), intercontinental WKU Champion (2018), World Champion S-1 (2018), European WMC Champion (2018). He is a participant of the camp together with the Russian National Muay Thai team.
Artem is a very playful fighter and draws people into training, and his charisma won our media team. You can watch his video “shadow fight” in our Instagram profile.
And like every day, the two Kyokushin sessions were in groups. The instructors of the groups were world-famous Kyokushin legends: Shihan Ramil Gabbasov, Shihan Asen Asenov, Shihan Alexandr Pichkunov, Sensei Zahari Damyanov, Sensei Jan Soukup, Sensei Sergey Plekhanov, Sensei Petar Martinov, and Sensei Tihomir Atanasov, who leads the group of people who will take the exam to increase their technical degree.
And one more wrestling training was held with the participation of Shihan Pichkunov and Sensei Emil Dzafarov, who is here as coach of Andrey Chekhonin – Senshi’s participant.
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