YURIY A. KOSTROV
Agni Kempo (Russian Kempo)
- Yuriy A. Kostrov, the Grandmaster (Soke) - 10th Baysa/Dan,
founder of Agni Kempo system of martial art, founder of elite World
Agni Kempo Organization (WAKO) and International
Independent Organization of Russian Kempo (IIORK) integrated
in it, was born in 1950.
is a professional coach (graduated from Kiev State Institute
of Physical Culture and Sport in 1972), from 1968 till 1970 he
was a member of Ukrainian ju-do team and candidate to member
of national team of the USSR.
the beginning of 70's he served at of anti-diversionary battalion
of strategically missile forces, where he obtained special preparation
on hand-to-hand fight.
part in the several military actions.
1970 till 1976 he studied independently such styles of karate
as Shotokan, Goju-ryu, Kyokushin. From 1976 till 1986 he was
trained under a supervision of Lama Go Yuan and obtained from
him generic gunfu school "Shang Dao Tsyuan".
1984, on advice of the master, he began to elaborate his own
style and by 1987 the synthesis of his system of fisticuffs was
completed. From 1976 till 1981 the Teacher took part in 34 underground
fights (due to interdiction of martial arts and shock single
combats in the USSR), 30 of which he won, and four finished in
a draw (the prototypes of today's competitions on fights without
1987, in order to test the system created by him, Yuriy A. Kostrov
went to Europe, where he participated in sparrings with leading
masters of such styles as goju-ryu, hakko-ryu and kyokushin. After
this successful tour, since 1989, International Independent Organization
of Russian Kempo founded by the Teacher began its existence,
and since 1998 - elite World Agni Kempo Organization.
has 42 years of experience in the martial arts.
with an internal Rule for WAKO & IIORK entered from
the moment of the basis WAKO in 1998 and dividing ranks for the
Masters to the statuses: the Master, Master-Expert and Grandmaster-Expert,
Technical Advisory Committee of WAKO & IIORK has appropriated
to 17/06/1999 Founders WAKO and IIORK Yuriy A. Kostrov the status
- Grandmaster-Expert for Martial Arts, authorized by Technical
Advisory Committee and Black Belts of WAKO and IIORK.
member of the World Nibuikai Budo Federation and Nihon Nibuikai
Budo Renmei, 10th Dan, Hanshi
The member of the World Street Combat Systems Organization, 9th Dan, Professor
The member of the International Kosho Ryu Kempo Council, 7th Dan
The member of the World Martial Arts Masters Society
The member of Korean Yudo and Hapkido Association, 9th Dan
The member of World Soke Headquarters, Soke/Judan (10th Dan), Kobe, Japan
The Lifetime member of World Head of Society (Heads and Founders Society of
Lifetime member of World Organizer of Martial Arts (Kingdom of
Grandmaster Yuriy Kostrov,
Agni Kempo Organization (WAKO)