I was once again in Zuidlaren to visit Shihans Dave Jonkers and Semmy Schilt. This trip also had a couple of other reasons apart from visiting my friends. One was that I would get a chance to meet my old friend Hanshi Bernard Creton 8th Dan who was attending the IBK Championships and has now affiliated his Karate Jutsu Kai group with the IBK. We had not met for many years and it was a real pleasure to meet and talk with him once again. We know each other from England and we even took our 3rd Dans together in 1977. At that grading we were the first Europeans to complete the 50 Man Kumite (50 x 2 minute rounds of full contact Kyokushin Knockdown fighting without any rest).
Another was to meet Shihan Leonardo Voineseu 7th Dan from Germany. Shihan Leonardo holds quite a lot of Seminars in Germany and Romania apart from teaching in his own Dojo. Shihan Dave thought it would be a good idea for us to meet. We stayed at the same hotel so we had plenty of chances to talk about Budo (about six hours a day) and many other things. It became quite apparent that we had a lot in common; we got on well and became friends.
The IBK was holding its first World Championships. It was in 1996 that Shihan Dave and I were asked by Kaicho Bluming to affiliate our AIKO with his Kyokushin Budokai to form the original IBK.
We also had a meeting with the new Kancho (Chairman) of the IBK Henk Kuipers who told us about his future plans for the IBK and we discussed future cooperation between Shihan Leonardo’s group Sei Budo Kai and my TSG International with the new IBK. As things are today we are not planning any co-operation with the IBK.
The Tournament was well organised with a professional section and also a Kyokushin Knockdown section. The Tournament was over 3 days but we only attended the finals on the 3rd day. Some new rules were tried out and Henk is looking for ways to make the Tournaments more exciting. I think at this stage it would have been better to call it an International tournament rather than a World Championship.
Shihan Sem gave a demonstration of Kickboxing training which was very popular. As usual everyone wanted photos together with Shihan Sem.
The guest of honour was Kuristina Oyama the daughter of Sosai Mas Oyama. However I do not think that there is any co-operation planned between the IBK and the Japanese Honbu.
I had a chance meeting with Shihan Cameron Quinn 6th Dan from Australia at the Amsterdam Airport.
This was a great opportunity for me to catch up on some Kyokushin news. He had been training at the Honbu Dojo in Tokyo in 1979 with Shihan Kickan and he is now in close contact with Kuristina Oyama and the IKO.
I was quite shocked when he told me how Matsui and many others had treated the wife and daughters of Sosai Oyama after Sosai’s death. However after many court battles the rights and the Honbu Dojo have reverted to their rightful owners, the Oyama family.
Soke David Cook