VALENTIN KRASTEV, PRESIDENT BULFIT LTD.
Sempai Valentin Krastev currently holds 2nd degree black belt in Kyokushin Karate. As a former fighter of the National Team of Bulgaria he became 2 times European vice-champion in full contact heavy weight category. The last 4 years he has been teaching Kyokushin karate classes in his own dojo – Krastev Kyokushin Academy in Toronto, On.
As a former fighter Sempai Krastev was spending a lot of his time at the gym and the stadium to improve his muscle power, endurance and body conditioning. He has always been open to learning and educating himself about new methods of training. Now as a coach he is even more alert to learn because of his young students.
In the spring of 2014 Sempai Krastev saw on facebook page about a product called a Bulgarian Bag. He was amazed by the huge variety of dynamic movements and different exercises that one is able to perform with the bag. On top of that the mobility of the bag allows to practice virtually everywhere – indoors and outdoors. The bag is a great instrument for group training, something very difficult to achieve in a regular gym. Nevertheless, initially created to train athletes the Bulgarian Bag turned out an excellent workout for the general fitness fans and practitioners. Now Sempai Krastev successfully incorporates Bulgarian Bag classes for fitness enthusiasts in his dojo.
Sempai Krastev got in touch with the inventor of the Bulgarian bag – Coach Ivan Ivanov, also a founder and owner of SUPLES Ltd. who introduced him to the entire Suples Training System.
Now as a President of BULFIT Ltd, Sempai Krastev has the privilege to be a passionate ambassador of the unique fitness products created by Suples Master Ivan Ivanov.
Thank you, Coach Ivan, for sharing with us all your great inventions and experience!
Suples,ltd. Founder, President, Master Educator, Entrepreneur & Inventor
Ivan Ivanov was born in the city of Kazanluk, Bulgaria and grew up in a town called Gurkovo, Bulgaria. In 1981 he joined the Greco Roman wrestling program at the Sports School & Technical College in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. He graduated in 1987. Ivan joined the Bulgarian Elite Army sports program in 1987 and until 1992 competed in Greco Roman Wrestling for the Central Army Sport’s Club in Sofia, Bulgaria. During 1993 to 1997 Ivan Ivanov competed for the Wrestling Club Slavia Litex in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Accomplishments as a competitive Greco Roman Wrestler
- World Silver Medalist -1994 Tampere Finland
- Bulgarian Wrestling Federation – 1995 Gold Belt Winner of the Grand Pre Nikola Petrov Greco Roman Wrestling Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria
- Olympian 1996 Atlanta, Georgia, USA – finished 5th place for the country of Bulgaria
- 5 x Bulgarian National Greco Roman Wrestling Champion and 2 x times nominated as an outstanding wrestler.
Accomplishments as a Wrestling Coach
1999-USA Wrestling National Coaches Education Program – Gold Level
1999-2002 Head Coach for TAC Wrestling and Fitness Club in Salt lake City, UTA. Read More
2000-USA Wrestling- “Western Regional Developmental Coach of the Year”
2002-2009 Head Greco Roman Wrestling Coach at the United States Olympic Training and Education Center in Marquette, Michigan. Read More
2009- USA Wrestling Greco Roman Coach of the Year Award
2010-untill current Suples Wrestling Club – President/Coach- Read More
2012 – USA National Hall of Fame, Life Time Service to Wrestling Award.
Saturday, May 5, 2012 Ivan Radnev Ivanov was Inducted with highest honors into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame of the United States of America for a Lifetime of Distinguished Service and Achievement. Execulsive Director of the National Headquarters and the National Museum at Stillwater, Oklahoma;
Mr. LeRoy Smith, personally took great pride in presiding over the beautiful induction ceremonies, and illuminated the magnitude of Coach Ivanov’s accomplishments and contributions as a World Class Coach, Athlete, Enterepreneur, and a Guiding Light for the Sport of Wresling in America. Ivan willbe honored by permanent enshinement at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, on the Oklahoma State University Campus, along whit America’s Wrestling best in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Ivan’s younger Brother Stefan flew in from Bulgaria to help celebrate, honor ,and represent his Mother Netka and Father Rodnei for the occasion; and Ivan was surrounded by his beautiful wife Silviya , daughters Magdalena and Katarina, son Ivancha and other members of his Familly.
Accomplishments with Suples,ltd.
Inventor of the 5 major Suples Training Systems: Bulgarian Bag, Gladiator Wall, H.I.R.T.S – High Intensity Rope Training System, Suples Wrestling Dummies, and the Suples Fit Ball. Read More
2012 USA Greco Roman National Team is using Ivan’s new innovated Suples Speed Dummy. Read More
2004 Nominated as an “Honored Citizen” of his home town Gurkovo, Bulgaria
2006 Received U.S.A citizenship