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Iaido traditions incorporated in the 2020 KWU Summer Camp

16/08/2020 293

The 14th annual KWU Summer Camp will be taking place next week in Kamchiya, Bulgaria. The international camp is by far the biggest event in the world of Karate Kyokushin in the last 13 years.


Shihan Ivo Kamenov (6 dan) – Chairman of the KWU International Professional League and Chairman of Bulgaria’s National martial arts association.

But there is one ancient martial art that is incorporated and represented every year at the KWU International Professional League seminar and that is Iaido.

Enjoy one of the Iaido practices starring K-1 legend Semmy Schilt and Shihan Ivo Kamenov – Chairman of KWU International Professional League and Chairman of Bulgaria’s National Martial Arts Association.

KWU International Professional League’s mission is to bring us back to the glorious past of Kyokushin.

Iaido is the Japanese art of drawing, cutting, and resheathing the katana. It places a great emphasis on correctness of form, precision and efficiency of movement, and mental focus. Practitioners of the art – iaidoka – use real swords (or else replica blades which are still quite dangerous) so it is primarily a solo art.

Just like Kyokushin, Iaido develops the power of your mental concentration. The motion in both arts is smooth and they both require great focus and stability.

Iaido practice can be as intense or as relaxed as one likes and is suitable for people of many different ages and varying fitness levels.

There’s an old saying about Iaido:

“If a man has excellent skills of Iaido, the enemy wouldn’t fight against him, leading to the victory of him without drawing the sword.”

It’s the same in Karate Kyokushin – practice makes perfect and if you are practicing enough, there will be no need to fight your enemy or adversary, because they will be smart and wise enough not to mess with you.

The 14th annual KWU Summer Camp will include a total of 3 Iaido training sessions with Shihan Asen Asenov. The first training session will take place on August 19 (Wednesday) from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m; the second session will take place the very next day at the same time and the final one will be held on August 21 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

There is no way one can be called a fighter without proper sword knowledge and technique.

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