7. Russian Kobudo championship
in the area around Moscow (Demodedovo)

The team of Kaliningrad's Kobudo Federation has taken part succesfully in the Russian Kobudo championships, which have taken place in the area around Moscow (exactly in Demodedovo). This one has already been the seventh one and many participants coming from various towns have come to take part in them. The Russian Kobudo Federation (www.kobu-jitsu.ru) advertises and promotes Kobudo as an applied art.

The official competion programme of this organization has consisted of four disciplines.The first one has been "kobudô-kata" (every style allowed), the next one "nunchaku-dô" (fighting with soft-nunchaku), the third one has been the "demonstration" of both techniques with and without weapons (a team has consisted of two persons). The last discipline was full contact fight according to the rules of "nihon-kempo" (safety by latticed helmets and boxing gloves). Meanwhile the Russian Kobudo Federation is getting the accreditation in those Russian organization which are responsible for sports. Thus kobudô will pass for an independent kind of sports.

Thus the possibility to be supported financially by the government will be given, too, and Budôka would also be able to receive the rank of a "candidate for the master of sports", "master of sports" aso.

All in all kobudôka from 24 cities have come. Kaliningrad has been the only team to represent Ryûkyû Kobudô Tesshinkan.

Taking part in "nunchaku-dô" for the first time they have not been lucky. The fighters had to execute only at least two grip-changes in accordance with the rules before each attack. Although two fighters from Kaliningrad had rich experiences in the fight with different arms, the borders sedate through the rules didn't license them to win a fight. Taking part in the "nihon-kempo" fights the Kaliningrad team has fought once or twice, but not won any medal.

Better results were shown in "Bunkai". Roman Ragimov and Vadim Borunov (both younger than 16 years) have done their best by demonstrating traditional kobudô techniques which have been much better than those of their opponents. But those opponents have demonstrated armed and unarmed self-defence against modern weapons. Ragimov and Borunov have been awarded with the bronze medal. This result can be explained by judging which is more related to the show than to its reality. Taking part in kata they have been more successful. Many of the participants learn kobudô with books and videos. These are experimenting and do not achieve much success. But Kaliningrad's kobudô team has the possibility to be taught by very well-experienced masters of kobudô directly. Four men have taken part in kata and three gold medals have been taken home: by Alexander Morozov (11-12 years), Vadim Borunov (14-15 years) and Pavel Dolgachov (elder than 21years). The Kaliningrad kobudô team has demonstrated it once more again: Ryûkyû Kobudô Tesshinkan always allows to achieve the best results. Kaliningrad's kobudô team: one of the best ones in entire Russia.