|John Mullin Exec.
Chairman WTKO and Jovan Ivcev WTKO Chief
Macedonia, a small mountainous
country in the Southern Balkans that declared its independence from the
former Yugoslav Republic in 1991, can boasts of a number of world
karate champions. Foremost is Dr. Jovan Ivcev the
current European Kumite and Kata Champion.
These are but a few of his prestigious championship
wins. He recently
visited New York where he trained twice daily at the
WTKO headquarters in New York City and the
administrative headquarters dojo in Staten Island, he
also conducted a training seminar while in New York.
As the Chief Instructor of the WTKO Traditional Karate Association of Macedonia he works closely with other karate groups and neighboring countries in the spirit of cooperation. Dr. Ivcev has worked to build a solid and respected Traditional Shotokan Karate Organization in Macedonia. In 2004 Macedonia will be hosting the WTKO/SKDUN World Traditional Karate Championship in Skopje. In addition to the 2004 World Championship at the end of June of 2003 the WTKO Macedonia will be holding an International Summer Training Seminar, Goodwill Competition and Dan Grading.
recent visit to Macedonia I asked to see some of the
medals that he has won in international competition and
he pulled a bag from a closet that weighed a couple of
pounds from which he showed me with a host of medals won
over his illustrious career. He is truly an
interesting and fascinating individual. Chief
Instructor of the WTKO Traditional Karate Association of
Macedonia, his karate teams team have dominated in international and
world competition. In addition to being an
European and World Karate Champion Dr. Ivcev is a
surgeon at the military hospital in the capital Skopje
Macedonia and also serves on the faculty of a
major University Medical School. He is a study in
contrasts, a surgeon, martial artist and teacher.
He is a member of the WTKO
Advisory Board and the WTKO Sports Medicine Advisory
Ivcev is has been described as a gentleman, urbane, sophisticated and an intellectual,
with a fierce and deadly fighting spirit, that has in
one instance made a competitor who upon seeing who his
competition was toss his belt to the ground and leave
the ring, leaving Ivcev the victor. He is a
wonderful host and tireless in his training and a
dedicated leader. The traditional karate in
Macedonia is in good hands and will continue to prosper
and grow under the strong and dedicated leadership of
sensei Jovan Ivcev 5th dan.