The edition, illustrated with rare photos, shows the process of the formation of karate on the territory of Ukraine.
On January 17, Kyiv hosted the presentation of the book “The History of Ukrainian Karate: From the Basement to the Olympic Pedestal.” This is a project of the Ukrainian Karate Federation (UFK), which sheds light on the more than half-century path of karate in Ukraine during the Soviet era and the period of independence.
The publication is the first of its kind: in recent decades, many books on karate have been published, however, they were devoted to the methodology and technique of this martial art, but did not include systematic historical reviews – except for essays of a personal or regional nature.
The edition, illustrated with rare photos, shows the process of the development of karate on the territory of Ukraine, its leading participants – athletes, coaches, organizers, the main achievements of Ukrainian karatekas in the domestic arena and major international tournaments. The book also contains unique historical statistics.
The book “History of Ukrainian Karate” was presented by the president of the FC Ivan Dutchak, the author – a well-known sports journalist Ihor Levenstein and the captain of the national team of Ukraine Stanislav Horuna.
Ivan Dutchak emphasized that the history of Ukrainian karate was difficult and dramatic – because this sport was banned for many years during Soviet times.
Many heroes of the book were present at the event, which took place at the Klitschko Expo Museum (NSK Olimpiyskiy). Among them, in particular, Petro Sherekin – winner of the first championship of Ukraine (1979); Valery Galan, the legendary sensei who trained the future founders of UFC; Serhii Levchuk – the first president of the UFC, a member of the executive committee of the European Karate Federation, and others.
“It still surprises me to see that karate is a legal and popular sport today, and a book about karate is published and presented in Ukraine without fear of punishment,” admitted Petro Sherekin.
“The preserved history of Ukrainian karate is a reason to be proud of our achievements, to strive to develop our sport and to move forward rapidly, enriching the Ukrainian sports treasury with new trophies,” said Ivan Dutchak.
It should be noted that over the past ten years, Ukrainian karate fighters who perform under the auspices of the World Karate Federation (WKF) have won a large number of world and European championships, World and European Games, Premier League and Series A stages, and world and European youth championships. At the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Anzhelika Terliuga won silver, and Stanislav Horuna won bronze. The leading karatekas of Ukraine occupy high places in the WKF ratings. Today, Ukraine is among the top ten leaders in world karate.