Aug 29, 2021

Bernie Willems

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The guy who keeps American sport karate alive in Germany. Bernie knows Chuck Norris, Don Wilson and many other superheroes of fighting arts.

Bernhard Willems is a German martial arts teacher based in Koblenz. Willems started Taekwondo under Hans-Juergen Hirschgaenger while being a young teenager. He competed in point fighting tournaments under WAKO rules and later won various Open European Championships. He was famous for his Nunchaku katas that he performed during martial arts exhibitions across Germany.
Having been one of the first competitors in point fighting and American kickboxing from the late 70ies on Willems promoted American martial artists in his home base. He set up seminars with well known world champions and grandmasters of fighting sports such as Bill Wallace, Jean Frenette, Yean-Ives Theriault, Rob Kaman, Don Wilson and many others. Willems earned his 6th Dan in Taekwondo from Kang Rhee in Memphis, TN who is better known as the grand master who taught karate to the King of Rock’n’Roll Elvis Presley.

Berhard Willems

Joe Lewis (right) conducts a kickboxing seminar for Bernie Willems (left) in Koblenz, 2000.

Bernhard Willems has received various rewards for his lifelong efforts to promote martial arts and fighting sports such as the Joe Lewis Eternal Warrior trophy, a PKA recommendation and the Munich Honours, Germany’s first grand master convention. His students compete at the WKU open tournament circuit.

Dojo: WKA Koblenz

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