第一屆WKF青、少年空手道訓練營和世界盃已於2008年7月1~4日在希臘的Chalkida, Evia Island完滿結束，大多數參加者都是來自歐洲，其他各洲也有人員參與，除了原定的年齡組別以外，型比賽增加了12-14歲一組。
三天的技術訓練依年齡分組進行，由意大利的 Roberta Sodero、法國的 Claude Pettinella 和 西班牙的Jose Cifuentes 輪流指導。
|1st karate training camp and World Cup (WKF 網頁)|
The new World Karate Federation event started on Monday, June, 30 with the registration of the participants. Many competitors from all over the world took advantage of this great opportunity to train with well-known karate instructors (Roberta Sodero from Italy, Claude Pettinella from France and Jose Cifuentes from Spain) in a 3day course that is taking place in Evia Island, Greece.
The participants was distributed in 3 age groups and they were given the training program for the Camp duration. Each group trained with each instructor following a rotation system.
The WKF President Mr. Antonio Espinos was very pleased with the organization and the response of the WKF members and friends to this new event.
During the first day Mr. Estaban Perez, WKF O.C. Chairman and Director of the camp, welcomed all participants, presented the instructors and explained the daily program. In their turn, the instructors addressed the participants briefing them about the activities of the camp.
* Mrs. Roberta Sodero would work on the physical preparation of the lower part of the body aiming at the strength and speed of footwork in KATA.
* Mr. Claude Pettinella setup a workshop with the use of sports material in order to improve movement during competitive KUMITE through co-ordination exercises.
* Mr. Jose Cifuentes worked traditional techniques aiming at strengthening the body and taught the KATA SEIENCHIN and its practical applications.
In the afternoon each instructor had an additional 1 hour training with free participation of competitors and coaches . The program continued the following days. The3rd day the competitors visited the KANITHOS SPORTS HALL and trained there for 3 hours.
An extra event was scheduled due to the unexpected participation of ages 12-14, a WKF friendly KATA tournament that took place the 4rth day of the camp in the EUROPA room, covering the ages 12-14.
The event closed with the WKF World CUP in Friday, 4rth JULY 2008 in the KANITHOS Sport Hall. The competitors were separated in 8 KATA Categories (14,15,16 and 17 Years old, Male and Female) and gave their best in this new event.
The WKF President Mr. Antonio Espinos stated: “This new event was a great success, even greater than we expected to be. This was the first time we organized such an event for the Karate Youth were WKF has invested the future. The positive comments from all the participants and the delegations that attended the event helped to establish this camp on a yearly basis giving a golden opportunity to karate practitioners from around the globe to train and learn from the best. I would like to thank all the people who came in this camp, the organizers and the Hellenic Karate Federation for their valuable help and support in organizing and making this event a great success.”