Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Goju-Kai Seminar

The second "2015 All Japan Karatedo Goju-Kai Association Kanto Regional Kata Seminar" took place on September 13 at the Minami Nagasaki Sports Center. Around 50 participants attended, learning SanchinTensho and the Kaishu kata, either in preparation for upcoming grading examinations or to refine their understanding as practitioners and teachers.
The day kicked off with everyone doing many of the traditional warming-up exercises together, as well as sanchin and tensho.  After lunch, participants were divided by rank into smaller groups to study various kata
I was fortunate enough to be put in the group taught by Iwakawa Sensei, who had us run through every kata from Gekisai Daiichi to Suparinpei, and explained many applications. 
In the wrap-up session in the morning, accurate basics, or kihon, proper breathing and maintaining abdominal tension were stressed as a solid foundation for good kata, while constant and varied practice of applications in realistic situations to deepen understanding was emphasized in the afternoon.


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