The first 7th Dan, which was given for the Ukranian in Kyokushin karate, was presented to Shihan Sergey Vsevolodov at the opening ceremony of the Open World Cup, which was organized by the World Kyokushin Budokai International Organization. The championship was held on October 19, 2019 in Santiago (Chile).
The belt was handed over by the Head of the WKB, Kancho Pedro Roiz, and this is not only an indicator of respect from the leadership of the organization but also an assessment of work both within the country and the development and improvement of the organization itself.
Shihan Sergey Vsevolodov has been practicing martial arts since the 80s, including Kyokushin karate. On November 26, 1993, Masutatsu Oyama signed a branch certificate, and on December 23, 1993, Sergey Vsevolodov also put his signature on the document. From this moment, a new page and a report of the development of Sergey Vsevolodov’s branch began.
Until December 2016, he was a part of the international organization IKO, the Director of which is Kancho Matsui. During this time, many championships were conquered on different continents. A huge number of medals have been won both at the national and international tournaments and championships. Among his students there are multiple champions of Ukraine, Europe, Japan, prize-winners of the World Championships. Many of the students are already developing their regional federations and clubs. Under his leadership, is held the largest international summer school, attended by hundreds of people from all around the World.
On December 18, 2016, the entire structure of the Ukrainian Kyokushin Karate Union left IKO and joined the international organization World Kyokushin Budokai. At the same time, IKO was left by the clubs and federations of Romania, Poland, and Germany.
In the end, I would like to make a small commentary. Some may argue that the history of the Ukrainian Kyokushin already knew and knows the “owners” of 7-8-9 Dans and all sorts of “Hanshi.” Only here there is a slight difference in the fact that now a person with colossal experience and knowledge, the head of a large and strong organization who raised famous athletes, who are known by the world of Kyokushin, has been so highly noted.
When belts from the 5th Dan and higher are awarded for real results and work, then you are not ashamed of such belts and you rejoice for people. But when, for the sake of the belt, the instructor runs around different organizations, and does not have the knowledge, students, clubs, and results, such people mislead parents and students with their Dans and certificates.
You can have a different number of gold stripes on your belt, but if they are not backed up by knowledge, respect, and authority, all this turns into a farce and such people are deceiving, first of all, themselves, especially since such a trainer does not get any better with getting those stripes.