Date: September 3, 2016
Place: Szolnok, Hungary
Organizer: Hungary Branch Chief Furko Kalman & Arpad Kalmar 4th Dan (Secretary General of All Hungarian Karate Federation)
Szolnok International Cup 2016 REPORT
Szolnok International Cup 2016 – Szolnok, Tiszaligeti Sports Hall
Spectacular battles and high-quality military-combat demonstrations formed part of the weekend in the international event in Szolnok that through the years is considered a “full contact delicacy.” All full contact karate styles were invited and many participated.
The competition is a continuation of a decade-long tradition, which began in 1979. The Szolnok Cup tournament – founded by 7th Dan Shihan Kalman Furkó, Kyokushin Karate master, has been in the old days one of the most prestigious events, ranking not far from the European Championship.
The renowned tournament has been revived after several years of omission, on request of – amongst others – the army and the Hungarian Karate Organization. Shihan Kalman Furkó and his organization took it up again and the result was a great spectacle in the Tiszaligeti Sports Hall, with added attractions including self-defense and military close combat demonstration seen in the audience hall. Kyokushin and Shinkyokushin in Hungary have, throughout history, very close ties with the army and special forces and it is a good tradition that a spectacular appearance of the military is part of the tournament.
4 men and 4 women categories, full contact karate disciplines contestants battled each other in real top level fights, true battles of spirit and perseverance.
The tournament saw around 80 people from 9 countries participating, mostly dominant countries of Europe, including Russia, who had sent undoubtedly some of the world’s toughest fighters.
The tournament special guests: Shihan Attila Meszaros 6th Dan founder of the Hungarian Kyokushin and Shihan Koen Scharrenberg 6 Dan, EKO President & WKO Vice President, Shihan Cyril Andrews 6th Dan (Great Britain) and many others. Shihan Koen Scharrenberg also had the opportunity to meet Dr. Istvan Simicsko, the Minister of Defence of Hungary, and other high officials of the government and army during his stay. This was a great opportunity to further deepen the close ties WKO Hungary enjoys with the government and military.
At the opening speech, Dr. Janos Meszaros Vice President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, Mayor Ferenc Szalai, and Colonel Attila Simon of the Hungarian Defense ministry who praised the prestigious competition significance.
To promote full contact karate, the doors of the hall were open to everyone free of charge, so a good number of fans waited for the prestigious fights and hardcore battles. The fights were of high quality and a very good rehearsal for next year’s World Karate Championship in Weight Categories in Kazakhstan.
After hard fights in the first place (medals) the Russian team performed 12 medals
2. seven medals Hungary,
3. Ukraine 3 medals.
The high-spirited competition continued in a great – traditional – and nice sayonara party.
[The following were key supporters of the event]
– Ministry of Defence
– Bi-KA Ltd.
– Tatami Sports
– Stabilitas Sport Promotion
1. Fekete Farkas Mór – Yakuzák SE Hungary
2. Magurdumyan David – Russia
3. Havrylets Taras – Ukraine
3. Fefelov Vladislav – Russia
1. Spiridonov Andrei – Russia
2. Smoliakov Maksim – Russia
3. Margithazi Zsolt- Romania
3. Shiryayev Alexey – Kazakhstan
1. Marek Wolny – Poland
2. Rétfalvi Tamás – Kisvárda KKDOSC Hungary
3. Serhiienko IllIa – Ukraine
3. Ujvári Bálint – Nagyatád Hungary
1. Margarint Dorin – Romania
2. Lizák Richárd – Siófok KSE Hungary
3. Gulyás Gyula Dávid – Yamato SE Hungary
3. Filippov Evgeniy – Russia
1. Sandra Nowak – Poland
2. Alieva Dzhunai – Russia
3. Podora Monika – Poland
1. Németh Veronika – Castrum Hungary
2. Veresnyak Alyona – Ukraine
3. Manzhikova Irina – Russia
3. Virabyan Anna – Russia
1. Valieva Irina – Russia
2. Ismailova Antonina – Russia
3. Egorova Efrosinia – Russia
3. Kovács Eszter – CS.S.E. Hungary
1. Magdalena Gustaityte – Lithuania
2. Brigita Gustaityte – Lithuania
3. Hupian Kristína – Seishin Karate Klub Slovakia
3. Vishnyakova Anna – Russia
Men Best Technique : Spiridonov Andrei – Russia
Men Best Spirit : Magurdumyan David – Russia
Women Best Technique : Németh Veronika – Castrum Hungary
Women Best Spirit : Ismailova Antonina – Russia
[Medals by country]
Russia 2 4 6-12
Hungary 3 2 2-7
Ukraine 0 1 2-3
Poland 2 0 0-2
Romania 1 0 1-2
Lithuania 2 0 0-2
Kazakhstan 0 0 1-1
Slovakia 0 0 1-1