The second annual awards of the Bulgarian Martial Arts Association honored the best athletes and coaches for 2019.
The tremendous ceremony was held on December 15 (Sunday) at the Sofia Event Center. The audience had the opportunity to enjoy astonishing special demonstrations of Kickboxing and Muay Thai, Karate Kyokushin, Taekwondo ITF, Jiu Jitsu, Sambo, Kendo, Kudo, Wushu, Shotokan Karate-Do, Sumo, Aikido and Canadian Wrestling.
Bulgarian Minister of Youth and Sport Krasen Kralev was special guest.
“It is great honor for me to be here right now”, said Kralev. “This means a lot for me. We are finishing very successful year. With more than 300 medals from World and European championships for all ages. These medals mean a lot for Bulgaria and I thank you all!”
The chairman of the Bulgarian Martial Arts Association – Shihan Ivo Kamenov, was also in attendance.
Statuettes were awarded in six categories:
“Best Athlete – Man” – Kristiyan Doychev, Kyokushin
“Best Athlete – Woman” – Albena Sitnilska, Taekwondo
“Best Coach” – Radoslav Penov, Karate
“Bright Victory” – Mariya Oryashkova, Sambo
“Fidelity to Traditions” – Petar Dragoev, Wushu
“Boec.BG award” – Atanas Bozhilov, Kickboxing
All 12 federations awarded their number 1 fighters in men and women categories and honored their best coach for 2019. They will also be able to give away three individual prizes to their fighters.
Karate Kyokushin Federation – Kristiyan Doichev, Iya Kostova, Zhivko Andreev were awarded by Shihan Asen Asenov.
Kickboxing and Muay Thai Confederation – Dimitar Penchev, Borislav Radulov, Teodora Kirilova, Albena Sitnilska and coach Stanislav Bahchevanov.
Kendo Federation – Lyubomir Sagaev.
Sumo Federation – Pencho Dochev, Mariya Oryashkova and Nikolay Nikolov.
Shotokan Karate-Do Federation – Silvester Gyolski, Martina Chan and Radoslav Penov.
Taekwondo Federation – Nikola Nikolov, Albena Sitnilska and Todor Kozladerov.
Ju-Jitsu Federation – Tsvetan Dimov, Radostina Nikolova and Venilin Rusinov.
Kudo Federation – Dimitar Petrov, Veselina Khrusafova and Radoslav Tsankov.
Sambo Federation – Ashot Martirosyan, Mariya Oryashkova and Vasil Sokolov.
Canadian Wrestling Federation – Plamen Dimitrov, Dimitrina Petrova and Pavel Krastev.
Wushu Federation – Petar Dragoev and Desislava Kholodna.
Aikido Federation – Plamen Yurukov.
Annual Awards Golden Belt 2019 are held with the assistance of JSC Armeec and M Car Sofia – a BMW and a MINI dealer.