Kostrov - 9th Baysa (dan), founder of
Agni Kempo system of martial art,
founder of elite World Agni Kempo Organization (WAKO) and
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
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.
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".
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).
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.
experience in martial arts almost 40 years.
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.