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Every year we say that the latest Training Camp and World Cup has been a great success and that it will be hard to improve upon next year. Well Kamil Musin has just proved that it can be improved upon by hosting and organising an absolutely superlative event. The venue for the Training Camp was the same as for the World Cup itself and the Instructor Course had the added benefit of a beautiful separate training studio with tatamis and mirrors. The 4,500 seater stadium was laid out according to WKF specifications with four competition areas in-line and with a huge KOI banner forming part of the backdrop. Thirty one countries were represented and some 530 competitors took part in an exciting three day event which produced some of the highest levels of skill we have ever seen. In fact some of the young competitors were nothing short of astounding. The opening ceremony saw a demonstration of team kata on four tatamis simultaneously by the Russian children which it would be fair to say was of a higher quality than some of the adult national teams at the last WKF Championships in Monterrey. With this level of skill we can only go from strength to strength. With 173 competitors not unexpectedly Russia were the medals leaders with a huge bag of 29 Gold, 23 Silver and 37 Bronze.
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The three day Training Camp provided instruction in the four main styles of Japanese Karate with Shito being taught by Steven Morris, Shoto by Jaap Smaal and Gina Ragazzo, Goju by Richard Lim, and Wado by Loh Beng Hooi. In addition there was a large section for Kumite competitors taught by Richard Callaghan, Marco Mazzanti and Alister MacAlister. The course for instructors is intended to keep instructors up to date and to give interesting subject material that they can pass on to their students when they return home. The course covered WKF Shitei Kata, Self Defence, Ju Jitsu, kumite tactics and advanced kata. Once again the KOI instructors excelled themselves and due to their expertise and teaching ability the membership had a Training Camp to remember. Our sincere thanks to them all.
The KOI Congress was held in the Izmailova Hotel on Wednesday 6th July and was followed by a sumptuous buffet. Costas Papanastiou represented Greece in the absence of Andreas Papdimitropolous and was successful in bidding to host next year's 15th KOI. Richard Lim presented the Philippines for consideration for 2007 and Dr. Laura Huang intimated the interest of Taiwan to host either 2007 or 2008.
Thursday 7th July was a large press conference at which some twenty reporters and TV crews were present and afterwards another super buffet. The TV coverage was very significant with five cameras and crews and many hours of viewing to be aired over the next month. Large screen TV showing Kobe Osaka Russia and KOI events was also seen in Red Square by thousands of people. Kamil Musin's promotional work meant that we attained a level of exposure that we have never quite achieved before. His level of dedication and hard work are indeed a great credit to him and his team.
Australia; Richard Callaghan, Marco Mazzanti
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