The Secretary general of the biggest Kyokushin organization in the world (KWU) – Alexandr Pichkunov, gave an exclusive interview for Boec.BG.
– Hello, sensei Pichkunov. In December 2017 you were elected as a Secretary general of KWU. That is one big and responsible position, tell us more?
-Yes, it is. You have to be aware of everything that happens in the world of Kyokushin. It is necessary to have a good relationship and coordination with all the organizations which are members of KWU. Plus, you have to maintain and create relationships with the others styles of karate, outside of KWU.
– What can we expect from you going forward?
– My main goal is the promotion and advertising of Kyokushin globally, as well as the development of international relations in Kyokushin. That means organizing championships and events together with the federations in KWU.
– Would you please tell us something more about you, because you are one of the most exciting people in the world of Kyokushin right now?
– I was born in Perm, Russia in 1979. I started practicing Kyokushin at the age of 14 under the guidance of Sergey Aleksandrovich Gostev. In 1998 I began to train with Aleksandr Alimov. I have participated and won World and European championships and also international and domestic tournaments. In 2003 I began my career in the professional league “ICHIGEKI” and K-1.
– What do you think about the level of our boys and girls in Bulgaria?
-Bulgaria has been and still is one of the top countries in Kyokushin. Since I can remember. I won’t exaggerate if I say that your fighters are one of the best in the whole world. You have a lot of World and European champions, a lot of international prize winners. The Bulgarian Karate Kyokushin Federation (BKKF) has always been open for cooperations and collaborations with other karate organisations. You host a lot of big seminars and camps here and there is no doubt in my mind that BKKF is doing a lot in growing and expanding our sport worldwide.
I want to say “Thank you” to all your Kyokushin competitors and to everybody that are doing their best in the name of Kyokushin, especially Shihan Ivo Kamenov and BKKF.