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On June 22nd, 2018 the AOGKF executive committee was invited to a meeting at the Japanese Embassy in Canberra. The meeting would introduce the committee to the embassy's minister of cultural affairs Mr. Tadayuki Miyashita. The meeting was initially organised after Sensei Kevin Nash meet a friend of AOGKF member James Fletcher at James 40th Birthday party recently. James' friend Mr. Takatsuka Yuichi works very closely with the Minister Miyashita and after hearing of all the good work AOGKF is doing to promote traditional Japanese and Okinawan Culture, organised the meeting.
Minister Miyashita was very interested to know the differences between sports karate and traditional karate, to understand more about what the AOGKF, IOGKF and Okinawan Goju-ryu is all about. The AOGKF executive committee highlighted the importance of honesty, loyalty and respect and how traditional karate was very much about improving yourself over trying to beat others. They explained because of these ideals traditional Karate was becoming more and more popular in western society.
The minister and his team also showed much interest in the 2021 IOGKF World Gasshuku and friendship tournament. They were impressed to see how many countries had showed interest in coming to take part in the event and were hopeful of supporting the event in its efforts to spread Japanese arts and culture. The meeting was very productive with future meetings and a visit to AOGKF Honbu Dojo already in the works. The AOGKF Executive Committee were very honoured to meet the minister and his team and presented them with Australian gifts and the conclusion of the successful meeting.
The 2018 IOGKF MCF was held in Burlington, Canada - home of World Chief Instructor, Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura, in the first week of June 2018. Nakamura Sensei very generously invited AOGKF senior instructors, Sensei Joe Roses & Sensei David Lambert, to be guest instructors at this prestigious event. Prior to the event the two AOGKF Sensei's spent three days training at IOGKF Honbu Dojo under Nakamura Sensei. Sensei Joe Roses also instructed one of the adults classes at the Dojo on the Monday prior to the event and Sensei Lambert took charge of the Wednesday adult class in the absence of Nakamura Sensei.
The MCF event itself was incredible and very well organised. Over the four days, Sensei Bakkies Laubscher from South Africa instructed the senior morning black belt sessions and was awe inspiring, as were Nakamura Sensei, Sensei Linda Marchant and Sensei Torben Svendsen who instructed the all grades classes. The group classes were equally impressive and Sensei Joe Roses was extremely popular with all the groups. One group session described Sensei Joe as the next Avenger, having more effective moves than a marvel super hero! Sensei Lambert instructed two childrens sessions and was also invited by Nakamura Sensei to teach an adult Kyu grade group as part of MCF.
Sensei Joe and Sensei DJ were joined on the Saturday's training by Joseph F for Bonython Dojo, who happened to end up in the Toronto area for business on short notice. It was great to have another Australian there. The MCF had over 200 participants from 10 different countries taking part in the event. Along with the fantastic training, the welcome and sayonara parties were also very well organised and lots of fun for all involved. The Gasshuku was also a fantastic opportunity for AOGKF to promote the 2021 IOGKF World Gasshuku which Nakamura Sensei was pushing for very strongly. All in all, another fantastic event by the always well run, IOGKF Canada. Thank you for your hospitality.
On May 19, 2018 the AOGKF held it's biggest ever Black belt Gasshuku at our Woden Valley Dojo. Under the leadership of Sensei Joe Roses, Sensei Kevin Nash and Sensei David Lambert, the Black belt Gasshuku featured all grades training, individualised group sessions, lectures/presentations, pre-grading clinic, the grading tests and of course the grading presentation dinner. Over 60 senior grades were present for the training with the focus on Kata and applications.
More photos from the event will soon be available in our gallery.
Erin Hynes, Levi Peterson, Shenae Lambert, Les McCaffery, Jason Barrido, Kevin Kennedy.
David Carberry, Jamie O'Neill, Sajjad Barakzay, Simon George, William Nash, Ian Hill, Florence Talledo, Colin Dibble, Matthew Warren, Kathraine Teague, Matthew Teague, Cassidy Drayton.
In October 2021 our organisation, AOGKF, will host the 2021 IOGKF World Gasshuku and World Kata tournament in Canberra, Australia. This is the equivalent of a country securing the rights to the Olympics or the Fifa World cup. The AOGKF EC has been leading a campaign to secure this event for the last 3 years and can announce we have been successful! Visit the event site at: www.iogkf2021.com