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Yuriy A. Kostrov - 9th 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.

He 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.

At 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. Took part in the several military actions.

From 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".

Since 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 rules).

After 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. In Poland he have had a very tense fight with a personal representative of nowadays late Masutatsu Oyama - Andrzei Drewniak, who was 25 kgs heavier than himself. 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.

His experience in martial arts almost 40 years.

Agrees with an internal Rule for WAKO and 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.

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