Grappling Technical Training Camp in Sweden
Date: 11th to 18th of November 2010
Chief Instructor: Shihan Mikael Forsman 6th Dan
Shihan Ivan Titenkov 6th Dan and 2 students visiting in Sweden
During one week there has been three Russians visiting the town of Piteå in the north of Sweden. It was Shihan Ivan Titenkov, Sempai Oleg Openko and the student Artem Davydov. It wasn’t the first trip for Shihan Ivan to Piteå; he has been here once before on a TSG Summer Camp. This time the winter had come to the northern town in Sweden and snow was laying white upon trees and ground. Shihan Ivan sad that it is all so quiet; it is like in a fairytale! An early Christmas feeling had arrived for the guests!
Shihan Ivan and his students had come to Piteå for studying under Shihan Mikael Forsman on the more advanced Grappling Drills for black belts and to refine their game on the ground! The sport center, Budo Center Piteå and the club Piteå Tsu Shin Gen, was very happy to have them as guests! The students of the club were looking forward to see Shihan Ivan, especially as they have recently seen his competition merits. It is not often they have the privilege to meet a several time World Champion and Europe Champion in their own Dojo!
Shihan Ivan Titenkov “The Russian Bear“:
World and European Champion, born on the 7th April 1969 in Moscow, Russia.
Height 2 meters, weight 130 kg
1991 1st place - Soviet Champion in Kyokushin Knockdown
1991 1st place - Russian Champion in Kyokushin Knockdown
1992 1st place - Russian Champion in Kyokushin Knockdown
1992 1st place - Russian Open Championships in Ashihara Knockdown
1992 1st place - Russian Champion in Ashihara Knockdown
1993 1st place - Russian Champion in Ashihara Knockdown
1993 1st place - Kiev International Championship in Ashihara Knockdown
1993 1st place - Moldavian International Championships in Ashihara Knockdown
1993 1st place - Elates International Championships in Ashihara Knockdown
1994 1st place - Moscow Championships in Ashihara Knockdown
1994 1st place - Moscow International Championships in Ashihara Knockdown
1994 1st place - Moscow International Championships in Kyokushin Knockdown
1994 1st place - World Champion in Knockdown in Holland
1995 1st place - International Open Championships in Holland Knockdown
1996 1st place - Saint Petersburgh Championships in Knockdown
1997 1st place - Europe and Asian International Championships in Knockdown
1997 1st place - Tver Championships in Ashihara Knockdown
1998 1st place - Moscow Championships in Ashihara Knockdown
1998 1st place - World Champion in Ashihara Knockdown Denmark
1998 1st place - Moscow Championships in Knockdown
1999 1st place - Moscow Championships in Kyokushin Knockdown
1999 1st place - Moscow Championships in Ashihara Knockdown
2001 1st place - Russian Championships in Ashihara Knockdown
2001 1st place - Russian International Championships in i Ashihara Knockdown
2001 1st place - World Cup in Ashihara Knockdown
2002 1st place - World Cup in Ashihara Knockdown
2003 1st place - World Cup in Ashihara Knockdown
2003 1st place - World Champion in Ashihara Knockdown
2006 1st place - Russian Championships in Ashihara Knockdown
2007 1st place - Russian Championships in Ashihara Knockdown
During their stay there were three to four training sessions a day. In the morning the focus was to learn advanced Grappling Drills and in the afternoon repetition and details. In the evening they took part in the clubs normal training, which the students of the club highly appreciated. After a couple of days there was a need of relaxing their mind from almost too much information so we all went to a aqua park for a good sauna and some fun on the waterslides. During the week they also did some sightseeing, some bowling (that Artem won) and some good dinners, and of course one more sauna because they are Russians.
At the end of their stay they had really taken in very much information from all the training sessions. They had thoroughly gone thru Grappling Drill 9 for Shodan, Grappling Drill 10 for Nidan and got the big picture on Grappling Drill 11 for Sandan. They had also gone thru a lot of basic movements and positions in grappling and if that’s not enough they also went deeply thru Fighting Drill 9 and 10 with variations.
After this technical camp Oleg Openko was awarded 1st Dan and Artum Davidov 7 Kyu. They had both during the camp made great advancement in their techniques and also made a lot more work than what is normally required during a test! Artum who had to be Uke (training partner) almost all the time for Shihan Ivan and Sempai Oleg had a hard time. He also was Uke to Shihan Mikael who used him to explain techniques and the important ways to lay weight in different positions to exhaust the opponent, sometimes almost crushing him. In the end Artum got a nickname just for fun from Shihan Mikael, it was Crash Test Dummy!
A new Shihan appointed
Soke had authorized that Dick Eriksson from Piteå was to be promoted to 5th Dan in TSG-Mixed Martial Art at the camp. Shihan Mikael had the privilege of informing him of his promotion. Dick Eriksson was already a Shihan in Jiu-jitsu and a Black Belt in Judo. He started his Budo carrier in 1974 and for the last 15 years he has been training Tsu Shin Gen in Piteå. He has been a big asset and mentor to Shihan Mikael in developing the Grappling Drills and in that way also as an asset to Tsu Shin Gen. In the club Shihan Dick is a humble and helpful person always ready to assist anyone who needs help. Shihan Dick is a very good grappler and has great merits in competition. The new grade came as a big surprise for Shihan Dick and he was really taken with the moment. One off the first to congratulate Shihan Dick was Shihan Ivan and after that the all the members from the club. Shihan Dick will be 50 years old on the 27th of November but he still has no thought of slowing down his training in Tsu Shin Gen. He says that he will be training at least 15 years more before he does!
/ Tsu Shin Gen International