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All you need to know about 2020 KWU International Professional League

14/08/2020 393

Last year the SENSHI fight nights introduced the rules and regulations of the KWU International Professional League.

The main goal was not only a bigger attraction to the crowd but returning to the glorious past and the traditions of Kyokushin. There were full contact fights with blows to the head, takedowns, and elbows.

The idea started with the opening SENSHI fight night. There was one fight under those rules while the second fight night produced 4 full contact bouts.

The crowd obviously loved it and the fans started to require more and more.

By the end of 2019, we witnessed SENSHI Cup – a two-day tournament that included fights conducted under the KWU SENSHI rules. There was also an exciting fight night in Varna that produced 5 fights conducted under the KWU Full Contact rules, 4 fights under the KWU SENSHI rules, and three clashes that were conducted under the K-1 rules.

The pinnacle of the return of Kyokushin full contact took place this year on February 22 in Varna. The fifth SENSHI fight night produced some glorious KWU International Professional League fights. There were a number of top-notch fighters from a lot of different countries that touched down in Varna in order to face Bulgaria’s finest fighters. The proof for the increased interest in SENSHI was the fact that the renowned FITE.TV was broadcasting the show.

The coronavirus pandemic postponed the sixth edition of SENSHI fight nights.

After a few hard months of isolation, the organizers announced that SENSHI 6 will be taking place amid the 14th annual International KWU Summer Camp in August. The event will be held from August 16-23 in Kamchiya, Bulgaria.

 

The fight show will offer a total of 10 matches that will be conducted under the KWU SENSHI, KWU Full Contact, and K-1 rules. There will be fighters from 9 countries (Germany, England, France, Brasil, Russia, Kazakhstan, Romania and etc.)

The 2020 KWU Summer Camp will include KWU International Professional League training sessions conducted under the guidance of Shihan Aleksander 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 marts arts association. The sixth edition of 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.

The remaining instructors 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.

Here’s a quick reminder of what is prohibited and what is allowed under the regulations of the KWU International Professional League.

 

KWU SENSHI Full Contact:

What’s allowed: all kinds of boxing punches, spinning back fist, all kinds of kicks; one knee kick to the head after a two-handed grab; clinching up to 5 seconds; sweep kicks; leg grab and kick without pulling or pushing the opponent.

What’s forbidden: strikes to the groin, the back of the head, the spine, with the inside of the glove; strikes to the knee joint; headbutts; hitting fallen opponent; hitting while lying down, elbow strikes; throws; groundwork; choking; biting;

KWU SENSHI:

What’s allowed: all kinds of boxing punches, spinning back fist, all kinds of kicks; one knee kick to the head after a two-handed grab; clinching up to 5 seconds; sweep kicks; leg grab and a strike; elbow strikes, throws.

What’s forbidden: strikes to the groin, the back of the head, the spine, with the inside of the glove; strikes to the knee joint; headbutts; grabbing the head of the opponent with one hand and hitting it with the elbow of the other hand; hitting fallen opponent; hitting while lying down; groundwork; choking; biting;

KWU OPEN:

What’s allowed: all kinds of boxing punches, spinning back fist, all kinds of kicks; clinching up to 10 seconds; sweep kicks; leg grab and a strike; elbow strikes, throws; groundwork twice up to 30 seconds per round; choking on the ground; locks on the ground (of the leg only on the Achilles, without twisting the ankle or knee joint); strikes with arms or knees to the body only on the ground.

What’s forbidden: strikes to the groin, the back of the head, the spine, with the inside of the glove; strikes to the knee joint; headbutts; hitting a fallen opponent from a guard; attacking with elbows and knees in the head on the ground; biting; throws that cause the opponent to fall on his head and along the spine with falling on the opponent.

 

 

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