After the injury, Sensei Emil stops to train judo. At the age of 18, he joins the Bulgarian army where he is part of SBR (Specialized dogfight – Bulgarian military system for neutralizing the enemy) team. Two years later, after his army service, a friend of his recommends him to the Kyokushinkai club.
”At that time there were only 3 clubs in the country. The training was very hard. All the time we did sparring without any protection. If you were late three times for class, you would be dismissed, because there were many people waiting to take your place. We sewed our own karate uniforms from white sheets”