The long awaited time has come to an end for all Ashihara-Karate martial arts practitioners, representatives, officials and supporters. Soon, the most important international events will take place, namely the World Championships of AIKO (Ashihara International Karate Organisation) and NIKO (New International Karate Organization), on 3rd of November, 2018 (in Győr, Hungary) and 8th-10th of November, 2018 (in Aktau, Kazakhstan).
Sensei Petrică Bulmagă, 3 Dan NIKO black belt, is one of the Ashihara-Karate style’s veterans in Romania, and probably the person with the greatest notoriety in the national organizational structures. So, in the following, we present you an interview with the director of the Ashihara-Karate department from the Romanian Martial Arts Federation (RMAF), where we’ve approached lots of interesting subjects.
Acest interviu are o variantă extinsă în limba română, pe care o puteți accesa aici!
Between August 31 and September 1, 2018, the AIKO Romanian Camp seminar, organized by LC Ashihara Budokai Sport Club, led by sensei Cristi Luculescu, took place in Târgu Neamţ, in the polyvalent hall of Ştefan cel Mare National College. At this event attended more than 70 athletes, Shihan Dave Jonkers (founder of the Ashihara International Karate Organisation), Sensei Marcel van den Berg (4 Dan AIKO black belt) and Niels Wilmink, a professional Kickboxing fighter. For the small community in this city, the AIKO Romanian Camp represented a spectacular demonstration, also fueling the interest of Kyokushin, Jujutsu and Enshin-Karate practitioners.
Kristina Arsić, from Belgrade (Serbia), member of NIKO organization, first entered a karate dojo in 2001, at the age of 6. Her beginnings were the traditional martial arts, but because she liked more full-contact sports, the coach of that time recommended her Ashihara-Karate. Over time, the Serbian athlete has won many medals in national and international championships, both Ashihara and Kyokushin. She also takes part in Kickboxing training sessions.
The AK MASTERS blog enters in its second year of activity. We have accumulated many experiences during this period and have come into contact with many Ashihara-Karate enthusiasts. At first, for me – as for most practitioners in Romania – the NIKO organization was almost the whole “universe” of the martial arts style under which I practiced my entire sporting career. Along the way, I have met people belonging to other international structures (AIKO, AKI, IAKA and TSG), which has greatly increased my perception of this world. I want to thank everyone for their collaborations and for supporting free expression beyond structural barriers and state borders.