For the 15th year in a row, Kamchiya hosts the most prominent event in the world of Kyokushin – the International Summer Kyokushin Camp of Kyokushin World Union and the Bulgarian Kyokushin Karate Federation. It started on the 4th of July and will continue until 11th July. This year there is huge interest from all over the world. The 15th edition of the camp is attended by more than 1,200 participants from 29 countries who, thanks to outstanding mentors – legendary names in martial arts, athletes will improve their technical skills and mastery.
A rich and diverse program awaited all participants, with one of the big highlights being the KWU 2021 World Cup, which brought together over 430 participants from 24 countries. The fights took place on 4 tatami mats simultaneously and lasted over 10 hours – see the recap and the champions from the cup HERE.
Each day hundreds of karate players joined the morning and afternoon Kyokushin training sessions led by world Kyokushin masters, and the camp also included Iaido practices, various conferences, and judging workshops, as well as KWU Professional League training seminars, which were in huge interest. The instructors are K-1 legends – K-1 heavyweight world champions Peter Arts, Semi Schilt, and Ernesto Hust, as well as Shihan Ivo Kamenov – President of the League and the National Association of Martial Arts in Bulgaria, and Shihan Alexander Pichkunov – Secretary-General of the League.
During the camp – on 8, 9 and 10 July, the first open European Championship of the Professional League will take place. On the first day, July 8, the qualifying matches of the championship will be played, and on July 9 the semi-finals will be held. The final matches of the first-ever KWU European Professional League Championships will be performed on 10 July on the ring of the SENSHI International Fight Show, which is also part of the camp program. There we will also find out who the first European Professional League Champions are in the 70kg, 75kg, 80kg, 85kg, 90kg, 90+kg categories.
The SENSHI 9 and the European Championships are attended by athletes from over 17 countries. See also more about the camp in numbers on the photos.