On December 25, 2022, in Moscow was held the All-Russian Children and Youth Festival of Kyokushin Karate “Young Master” (10-15 years).
The organizer of the tournament is another “great patriot” of russia, the head of the kyokushin karate sports club “Bushido” Shihan Konstantin Bely (left WKO Shinkyokusinkai in 2021).
From the information on the poster, we see that the tournament was held under the auspices of the AKR (association of kyokushin of russia) and the RUMA (russian union of martial arts). It is worth noting that the leadership of the RUMA and its regional representatives and members actively support the war in Ukraine, not only in words, but also in deeds. Among the representatives of the presidium of Ramil Gabbasov (also president of the all-style karate federation), who often visit Donetsk, which pursues the goal of establishing cooperation and opening a representative office of the all-style karate federation in the occupied territories. Another head of the RUMA, Sergey Kiriyenko, who is known to many Ukrainians, is called the main ideologist of missile strikes on Ukrainian critical infrastructure.
It would seem that “great patriotic minds” can come up with something new at children’s tournaments? Browsing Russian social media, we saw support for the war and its approval in various forms. Symbols of war Z and V on posters, banners in gyms and on tracksuits and those that lined up children at the opening in the form of these symbols. Almost all kyokushin karate tournaments are not complete without words of support and approval of the war and the actions of the president and the government of the russian federation.
This time the organizer of the tournament “Young Master” Konstantin Beliy decided to make commemorative medals with Z, O and V symbols (symbols of war), which were awarded to all participants of the tournament. At the same time, in an interview, the organizer openly says that they need to be given to children, whose consciousness and vision of the world is just being formed, thereby trying to put all the nonsense that is in their own heads into children’s heads already at a young age.
Bely says that at the moment, not all children will be able to understand the meaning of these medals, but they will definitely understand it later, when they grow up. “It is necessary to hand over to children — those whose consciousness is still being formed in order to form the correct guidelines. They need to explain. An adult person will laugh and throw it out, say that this is bullshit and propaganda.”
It is clear that among adults there are still those who can think and analyze, have their own opinion and make the right conclusion about such a medal and the people who present them. The easiest way is to work with schoolchildren and put into their heads this sick imperial and Soviet thinking, which most of the russians live by.
Today, we have already found confirmation on the net that these medals were indeed awarded by a participant in the tournament.
On the photo there are medals with different inscriptions: “Fight for Russia Fatherland Together. Victory will be ours” and “The medal was made by the blacksmiths of Donetsk from fragments of NATO ammunition, with which the Nazis fire at the civilian population of Russian cities. Will live”.
According to Konstantin Bely, the country and citizens who defend their country from the aggression of a neighboring state are fascists. And the Russians who unleashed the war, the soldiers who kill, rob and rape, and those who support and approve all this, propagandize and call for destruction, who are they in the eyes of Konstantin Bely?
And did Konstantin tell the children, presenting the medal, what this very fascism is. That it originates, develops and exists in an authoritarian, totalitarian and dictatorial state. In a state where there are no elections, no law, no freedom of choice and no opportunity to express one’s opinion?
Why don’t you go Konstantin to where your war cruiser moscow is located?
The purpose of this publication is to bring information to the Kyokushin community around the world about the actions, political and moral views of this representative of karate and budo. So that when meeting with him, anywhere, ever, he receives a worthy reception, which he deserves. Ideally, of course, so that, apart from Russia, he could no longer visit any other countries.
This material can be regarded as an appeal to people and structures involved in adding individuals to various sanctions lists. Perhaps there is a place for him in one of them.
Bely Konstantin Vladimirovich (03/11/1971), as the head of the Bushido sports club and the organizer of the Young Master tournament, is responsible for everything that happens at his tournament. About what exactly he has to do with medals, he said in an interview: “In 2014, we made commemorative medals from fragments of Uragan shells that were used to shell Donetsk. We have now repeated this experiment. We ordered a large number of commemorative medals for each participant, coach, volunteer. Donetsk blacksmiths made them from fragments of HIMARS shells that were shelled at Donetsk.”
It is worth noting that in 2016 Konstantin Bely tried to be elected to the Duma of the russian dederation from the Rodina party, the founder of which is Dmitry Rogozin. Yes, the same former director of Roskosmos who celebrated his birthday on December 21, 2022 in a Donetsk restaurant and who was shot at. As a result, he received shrapnel wounds.
In general, such views of athletes and coaches in Russia have not been surprising for a long time, but once again it shows and proves that sport and politics are closely connected. That they are not forced or coerced into such actions is their conscious choice, for which they will have to answer.