Behind The Kyokushin Way
Who are these two authors?
Bernhardt was born in 1986 and began his Kyokushin training in 1996 at the Honbu in Germany Berlin under the branch chief and Kyokushin founder in Germany Shihan Ingo Freier. He took part on several national and international tournaments, e.g. German Open, Dutch Open, Belgian Diamond Cup, Junior and Senior European Championship. Later he also started training the young Kyokushin fighters to learn more about being a trainer.
Natalia his wife started Kyokushin Karate in Russia in 2005 at the dojo of Sensei Evgeny Ilmov, where great fighters came from. Kyokushin Karate caught she fast and so she took part on Kata and Kumite tournaments. After moving to Germany, she goes on with her training in the same dojo as Bernhardt. She loves the idea of a manga textbook and examines it with critical perspectives on mistakes.
And who is the manga artist?
Ihabo al Azzamo is the creative manga artist and one of the best german mangaka. He has a huge portfolio and a popular YouTube Channel with more than 150k followers, where he shows his work. He is no karateka, but after drawing all these technique images, he could easily start his training.
Special thanks to our strong partner!
Timur Tayfun, a personal trainer and Kyokushin karate lover from the ancient times. He trained Kyokushin himself many years ago at the Honbu in Germany and is still excited about this sport. When he heard about our idea, he was very enthusiastic and asked us for his help. Now he is actively involved in making the book The Kyokushin Way a success!