1st World Open Karate Tournament
Moscow 2005

Just less than 3 years after its creation, Kyokushin-kan and the International Kyokushin Karate-do Foundation successfully held the 1st World Open Karate Tournament in Moscow on September 10th and 11th, 2005. Over twelve thousand spectators filled the stands to watch 250 competitors from 37 countries compete for the titles of world's strongest heavy, middle and lightweight fighter and for world's best kata in both men's and women's divisions. Kancho Hatsuo Royama, Kyokushin-kan founder and chairman, welcomed the crowd as follows:

Dear people of Moscow! Dear people who have so graciously come from all over the world!

Thank you for coming to this place today. On the behalf of Kyokushin Karate I welcome you from the bottom of my heart.

It is with great pleasure that I look upon all of you fighters who have come from 37 countries around the world. I have the greatest respect for you for coming here to participate in today's event.

We come from many different countries, races and backgrounds, but there is no doubt that we all gather here together as one since we are all members of the Kyokushin family.

The founder of Kyokushin Karate, Sosai Masutatsu Oyama, said that that Kyokushin must be prepared to play a major role in the establishment of world peace as it enters the 21st century if that goal is ever to be realized. Accordingly, it is my dream that through today's competition the fighters who have come here today will develop a deeper relationship of mutual respect and friendship between one another. In this way we can make a contribution to the ultimate goal of all peoples living together around the world in harmony.

For all of you fighters, I would like to ask you to fight with all of your strength to show the world the honor of Kyokushin Karate. And for all of you in the audience, please cheer for these fighters with the same enthusiasm in order to encourage the competitors to fight even harder.

Finally, I would like to recognize Mikhail Slipenchuk, the President of the Russian Kyokushin Federation who has invited all of us here today, and to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who has worked so hard towards making today's event possible.

- Kancho Hatsuo Royama

A scene from the heavyweight semi-final.
Russian vs. Russian.
The jumping back kick blocked.
The final battle for the lightweight title.

A near knockout with ushiro mawashi geri.

Young karateka of Russia perform in a demonstration between rounds.
Notice the giant screen at left to see this kick a split-second earlier.

Below: A kata and tameshiwari demonstration by Shihan Okazaki.

A competitor from Turkmenistan demonstrates gekisai-sho in the kata competition.


An amazing demonstration of spirit and compassion as Japan's last heavyweight competitor is defeated in the semi-final: The Japanese fighter congratulates the Russian winner, and the Russian comforts the Japanese in defeat.

Japan's lightweight champion prepares to break five boards as 12,000 spectators look on.
Ony 19 years old and carrying the hopes of Japan.
Osipov Sergei (right), the Russian fighter to take first place in kumite is beaten in the tameshiwari competition by second place winner, Melyuk Sergei, also of Russia.
The Kyokushin spirit of humility in victory and good will towards man.
Kancho congratulates the 1st and 2nd place heavyweight winners.
Heavyweight Winners

1st place - Osipov Sergei (Russia, Kyokushin-kan)
2nd place - Melyuk Sergei (Russia, Kyokushin-kan)
3rd place - Gastashev Timur (Russia, Kyokushin-kan)
4th place - Fujii Yusuke (Japan, Kyokushin-kan)
Middleweight Winners

1st place - Abdurashidov Shamsudin (Russia, Kyokushin-kan)
2nd place - Samedov Rasim (Russia, Kyokushin-kan)
3rd place - Lagutin Roman (Russia, Kyokushin-kan)
4th place - Hachatryan Arsen (Russia, IFK)
Lightweight Winners

1st place - Matsuda Kazuya (Japan)
2nd place - Jafarov Emil (Russia, Kyokushin-kan)
3rd place - Zatikyan Edgar (Russia, IFK)
4th place - Alakayev Rustam (Russia, Kyokushin-kan)
Kata Competition Winners - Women

1st place - Yanai Chiaki (Japan)
2nd place - Koike Yukiko (Japan)
3rd place - Bushuyeva Alexandra (Russia)
Kata Competition Winners - Men

1st place - Ishijima Masahide (Japan)
2nd place - Ikuma Masaaki (Japan)
3rd place - Masiko Hiroyuki (Japan)
Special Awards


"Winner in tameshiwari among men"
Melyuk Sergei (Russia, Kyokushin-kan) - 29 boards

"Winner in tameshiwari among women"
Kazantsewa Stella (Turkmenistan) - 14 boards

"For the fighting spirit"
Fujii Yusuke (Japan)

"For the best technique"
Gastashev Timur (Russia, Kyokushin-kan)