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The 40th anniversary of IOGKF International and the biggest push yet to see traditional Karate recognised by UNESCO took place under the banner of the IOGKF Gishiki. Over 1,300 people from 50 different countries took part in the event which saw participants train under the best instructors in the world over a one week period. Two training locations were utilised, the Karate Kaikan and the Okinawan Budokan. Out of the all the countries attending, the AOGKF had the second largest team participation with over 100 members & their families joining the trip.
Sensei Morio Higaonna, the founder of IOGKF taught at the event and in one session instructed all 1,300 people at once. 16 group training sessions were held over the week and AOGKF members were able to experience instruction from the best Goju-ryu Sensei in the world. Many members were very surprised to see how high Sensei Joe and Sensei Kevin were ranked among the worlds best and gained a new appreciation and respect for our National leaders. Many AOGKF members were selected to assist the senior Sensei's in demonstrating during many of their sessions.
Sensei Lambert from the Goulburn Dojo was selected to instruct children classes during the event. He was also the only foreigner selected to be included in the Higaonna Dojo team demonstration of Hojo Undo. He and Higaonna Sensei's son Eric also performed one of the most popular demonstrations of the event. The final day concluded with a Masters demonstration where members got to see Karate's best at their best! Higaonna Sensei, Bakkies Sensei and Nakamura Sense all performed. The Sayonara Party took place on Sunday evening and AOGKF showed how the Aussies party to the cheers of the rest of the world.
Sensei Joseph Tait organised a cultural exchange day using Karate as the method at his Dojo in Shiki, Tokyo. The event took place on Thursday July 24. Classes were taken by Sensei Joe Roses (Aust), Sensei Brian McGhee (NZ), Sensei Raj Ravi (NZ), Sensei Jakob Kold (Denmark) and of course world famous Karate instructor, Sensei Kazuo Terauchi - 9th Dan from Japan. There were Black Belt, Kyu grade and children's groups hosted on the day.
For many people, it was their first ever training experience in Japan and the event did not disappoint. The hype, the heat and instructors surpassed all their expectations. At the beginning of the event, the mayor of Shiki city arrived to welcome everyone to the event. This was followed by the presentation of a plaque to Sensei Jospeh from Yuichi San who put in a lot of work on the this event also. The plaque was from the government recognising the importance of this event to Japanese culture.
After the training was completed, members participated in the 'survivors party' event at a traditional Japanese restaurant in the busy Ikebukuro district of Tokyo. Here everyone tasted delicious Japanese food and got to know people from other countries. Terauchi Sensei and other seniors gave speeches and highlighted their thanks and praise for what was a successful event. Terauchi Sensei will be the guest instructor at this years AOGKF National Gasshuku in Canberra, ACT from November 1-3.
Sensei Joe Roses is one of Australia's longest training martial artists, beginning his studies somewhere around 1971. He moved to Canberra, ACT from Spain as a young boy when his family immigrated to Australia. He didn't speak English, had to go to an English speaking school and life wasn't always easy. However that did not stop the young man for wanting to contribute to the country he has called home for over 55 years. His work as a heavy vehicle mechanic has consumed most of his working days, while of an evening and on the weekend he has dedicated much of his time to the study, protection and teaching of traditional Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate.
In a martial arts career spanning almost half a century Sensei Joe Roses has risen to not only become the one of the first Australian members to every achieve the rank of 7th Dan from Master Morio Higaonna, but also the chief instructor of the largest IOGKF organisation Australia has ever seen. Over his career he has taught all over North and South America, Oceania and has even taught at the Okinawa Honbu Dojo of his own Sensei. Impressive as this is, it is the little acts that have won Sensei Joe affection from all over Australia and the world. His simple phone calls to check in on his devoted followers, him helping disadvantaged people and often times sharing his knowledge for free have helped in securing this incredible honour.
The project to nominate Sensei Joe for an OAM began many years ago and saw contributions from numerous senior instructors from both AOGKF and IOGKF. The process takes many years and Sensei Joe Roses had no idea that the AOGKF had undertaken this project without his permission. Their reason was simple, he would have been too humble to allow himself to be nominated. Sensei Roses was extremely overwhelmed and honoured to receive notification of his award. He told AOGKF members he still could not believe it. He came to this country with nothing, learned valuable skills and the young age of 68 years old still spends his days working to support his family and sharing Karate with everyone his can. Congratulations Sensei Joe!
This years annual AOGKF Black and Brown Belt Gasshuku was hosted once again by the Woden Valley Dojo of Sensei Kevin Nash. All Black and Brown Belt grades gathered at the Dojo on the evening of May 24th, 2019. After an official welcoming, Sensei David Lambert provided a detailed explanation of the senior components of Jumbi Undo training. Australia's chief instructor, Sensei Joe Roses, then took to the stage with assistance from Sensei Nash and Sensei Lambert. Over the next two hours all participants were put through their paces in a group Kata sessions that provided great technical points and aided in the unlocking the potential of all those who were present.
An early start on Saturday morning saw Sensei Lambert take everyone for a reminder session on the Jumbi undo points of the previous day. Group training followed with the three executive committee member Sensei's rotating between several groups. Sensei Nash also gave a seminar on how to correctly instruct children in traditional Karate. After four very in depth hours of training, Sensei Kevin prepared the grading candidates for their test, while Sensei Lambert provided the final sweat session for all Gasshuku participants.
After a short break for lunch 19 candidates took to the floor for our annual Black belt grading test. All of the Executive committee instructors had their turn at testing the grading candidates and all of them rose to the occasion with impressive form and technique. There was plenty of blood sweat and tears shared, but countless smiles when the test had ended. An inspiring effort which resulted in a 100% pass rate. Equally impressive was that 60 odd people who stayed behind after training to cheer on their friends and family as they were put through their paces. Many thanks to Colin for the fantastic photos and video compilation.
David Smithson - (Goulburn) - Nidan Pass
Fritz Venzke - (Sunshine Coast) - Nidan Pass
Ari Mehr - (Melbourne) - Nidan Pass
Jonathan Li - (Woden) - Nidan Pass
Trevor Langtry - (Woden/Yass) - Nidan Pass
John Lal - (Melbourne) - Nidan Pass
James Fletcher (Bonython) - Shodan Pass
Anthony Winters (Goulburn) - Shodan Pass
Jenna Martin (Goulburn) - Shodan Pass
Mathew Jones (Goulburn) - Shodan Pass
Jackson Fleming (Marulan) - Shodan Pass
Jason Mullen (Woden) - Shodan Pass
Sharon Carr (Orange) - Shodan Pass
Edward Pearce (Yass) - Shodan Pass
Mitchell Hill (Marulan) - Jr Shodan Pass
Hayden Storrier (Goulburn) - Jr Shodan Pass
Kiera Warren (Crookwell) - Jr Shodan Pass
Annelise Campbell (Goulburn) Jr Shodan Pass
Anthony Alabaster (Woden) Jr Shodan Pass
Grading Highlights Video
The AOGKF Regrets to inform IOGKF members around the world that the 2021 World event to be held in Canberra has now been cancelled.
Over 110 AOGKF members, plus their families attended the 2019 AOGKF New South Wales State Gasshuku. The event was hosted by Crookwell Dojo at the Crookwell High School hall. The Black Belts knew they were in for a special day when Sensei Joe Roses really opened up on the intricate and advanced details of Sanchin and in particular Tensho Kata. This was followed by the always special feeling of a full Dojo when all grades training took place. After a much improved line up process, Sensei Kevin Nash took prepared the Gasshuku and took them through a strong basics sessions, motivating everyone for the exciting day to come!
The Gasshuku then split into group training sessions which were lead by Sensei Joe Roses, Sensei Kevin Nash, Sensei David Lambert, Sensei Richard Toparis, Sensei Vince Robinson and Sensei Ari Mehr. What made this event even more special was the fact that members had traveled from four different states to be part of this Gasshuku. Sensei Fritz traveled from the Sunshine Coast and Sensei Ari traveled from Melbourne to be part of the training. Their participation and passion was a great motivation to all. After a few group sessions it was time for lunch and to prepare our 100+ strong team for the Gishiki event in Okinawa.
Following lunch three specialty seminars were held by the AOGKF Executive committee instructors. Sensei Kevin Nash held a very popular seminar on street self defence for all teenage and adult members that was very well received. Sensei Joe Roses ran a children's only self defence defence seminar showing our youngest members how to be smarter and more effective in protecting themselves. And Sensei David Lambert (who was unwell on the day) pushed through a seminar on the finer details and bunkai of Sesan Kata for 3rd Dan and above members. All in all it was another wonderful day for the AOGKF Karate family! Thank you to all those who participated and supported this event!
With a commitment to bring traditional Karate to the country, AOGKF selected the small community of Crookwell to host the 2019 NSW State Training camp. After the enormous success of last years National Gasshuku held by AOGKF, which became the largest IOGKF Oceania event ever held, the Executive committee decided that a smaller country location could be in the running to host this prestigious event. Crookwell Dojo won the bid for the rights to host this event which has become an annual tradition on the AOGKF Calendar.
Committing to smaller locations also means the reality of having smaller venues that cannot accommodate the many hundreds of an AOGKF National Gasshuku. This was the case in Crookwell with only enough spaces for 120 attendees to attend. That has not stopped members from four different Australian states registering and traveling to attend this incredible event in country NSW. International guests also showed their enthusiasm to attend, but were encouraged to attend our National Gasshuku in November to make room for AOGKF members. Congratulations to AOGKF members for selling out this event! Crookwell Dojo last hosted the NSW State Gasshuku in 2013.
Over 220 people attend the AOGKF National Gasshuku which was held under the leadership of Sensei Ernie Molyneux (IOGKF World Vice-Chief Instructor) and Sensei Joe Roses (Australian Chief Instructor) in Goulburn, NSW. To see 200 + people take the floor for the all grades session was extremely motivating and the roar of a couple of hundred syncronised kiai was electrifying! Guests from 5 Australian states and 7 different countries traveled to Goulburn for the event and all were impressed with what they experienced.
Sensei Ernie commented to all participants that the AOGKF has the makings of becoming one of IOGKF International's largest and strongest member countries. He said the leadership and quality of the instructors in Australia was extremely high.
The guest instructor gave many specialty seminars including a 3 day course on the kumite and iri-kumi training of Goju-ryu which impressed many of the participants. Sensei Ciara Morrison from England also gave a special Women's only seminar, which was very well received.
There were also several social events held. This included a Black and Brown Belt dinner with many party games that had everyone in stitches as the contestants worked through several difficult challenges.
Just when we thought this party could not be outdone, the Saturday night annual Karate party went to a whole other level with an exhilarating and hilarious performance by one of Australia's leading comedy magicians. The Karate family in the AOGKF has never been stronger and the event only helped us to become even closer as we work towards the 2021 World championships in Canberra.
August 19 saw the 6th annual Friendship tournament held by the AOGKF in as many years. IOGKF tournaments have been held in Australia since the late 1970's and the competition was completely restructured in 2013 by the AOGKF executive committee to create a format based on high skill performance. This year the AOGKF had a record number of participants in all divisions, with an almost 50:50 ration of male to female competitors. A huge thank you to Sensei Kevin Nash and in particular Sensei Luke Drady and their team for organising such a successful event for the AOGKF.
MAJOR AWARD RESULTS:
National Champions Shield: Goulburn Dojo
Club Champions Cup: Goulburn Dojo
Senior Champions Cup: Bonython Dojo
Juniors Champions Cup: Goulburn Dojo
Full Division Results are included below! Thank you to everyone who assisted in running the day and thank you to all the participants and their family and friends for their patience and support with this event!
5 Years & Under Kata - Female: 1st- A. Thiele, 2nd- S. Culley, 3rd- C.Douglass
5 Years & Under Kumite - Female: 1st- A. Ridland, 2nd - S. Culley, 3rd - C. Douglass
6-7 Years Kata - Female: 1st- L. King, 2nd- T. Douglass, 3rd- L. Weston.
6-7 Years Kumite - Female: 1st- T. Douglass, 2nd- M. Gray, 3rd-E. Bradley.
8-9 Years Kata - Female: 1st- N. Goldsmith, 2nd- E. Winters, 3rd- T. McClelland.
8-9 Years Kumite - Female: 1st- T. McClelland, 2nd- N. Goldsmith, 3rd- P. Murray.
10-11 Years Kata - Female: 1st- L. Kendrick, 2nd- A. Frodyma-Smith, 3rd- S. Pearce.
10-11 Years Kumite - Female: 1st-M. Macatulad, 2nd- L. Kendrick, 3rd- A. Frodyma-Smith.
12-13 Years Kata - Female: 1st- K. McGowan, 2nd-B. Locus, 3rd- B.Murray.
12-13 Years Kumite - Female: 1st- K. McGowan, 2nd- B. Murray, 3rd- B. Locus.
14-15 Years Kata - Kumite: 1st- C. Stevens, 2nd- E. Sinclair.
15-17 Years Kumite - Female: 1st- A. Campbell, 2nd- E. Sinclair, 3rd- E. Thornthwaite.
16-17 Years Kata - Female: 1st- A. Campbell, 2nd- E. Thornthwaite
18 Years + 10-4 Kyu Kata - Female: 1st- M. Frodyma, 2nd- E. Evans, 3rd- D. Catto
18 Years + 3-1 Kyu Kata - Female: 1st-J. Martin, 2nd- D. Sowana, 3rd- S. Carr
18 Years + 10-3 Kyu Kumite - Female: 1st- E. Evans, 2nd- A. O'Rourke, 3rd- J. Martin
18 Years + Black Belt Kata - Female: 1st- L. Colins, 2nd- S. Lambert, 3rd- F. Talledo
18 Years + Black Belt Kumite - Female: 1st- S. Lambert, 2nd- F. Talledo.
6-7 Years Kata - Male: 1st- S. Reyes, 2nd- K. Thiele, 3rd- A. Shirvington.
6-7 Years Kumite - Male: 1st- K. Thiele, 2nd- S. Reyes, 3rd- A. Shirvington.
8-9 Years Kata - Male: 1st- L. Jones, 2nd- L. Smithson, 3rd- J. Norris
8-9 Years Kumite - Male: 1st- J. Norris, 2nd- L. Smithson, 3rd- L. Sonnex.
10-11 Years Kata - Male: 1st- B. Winters, 2nd- L. Barlow, 3rd- B. Chhea.
10-11 Years Kumite - Male: 1st- L. Locus, 2nd- E. Thornthwaite, 3rd- W. Heffernan.
12-13 Years Kata - Male: 1st- D. Birks, 2nd- B.Murray, 3rd- T. Russell.
12-13 Years Kumite - Male: 1st- B. Murray, 2nd- D. Birks, 3rd- T. Russell
14-15 Years Kata - Male: 1st- H. Storrier, 2nd- S. McGowan, 3rd- J. George.
14-15 Years Kumite - Male: 1st- J. George, 2nd- J. Thompson, 3rd- S. Dunn.
18 Years + 10-4 Kyu Kata - Male: 1st- L. McGowan, 2nd- B. Storrier, 3rd- I. Boltezar
18 Years + 10-4 Kyu Kumite - Male: 1st- L. McGowan, 2nd- B. Storrier, 3rd- I. Boltezar.
18 Years + 3-1 Kyu Kata - Male: 1st- E. Pearce, 2nd- J. Thoo, 3rd- J. Falsone.
18 Years + 10-3 Kyu Kumite - Male: 1st- E. Pearce, 2nd- M. Jones, 3rd- A. Winters.
18 Years + Black Belt Kata - Male: 1st- N. Ramadge, 2nd- P. Colins, 3rd- V. Robinson
18 Years + Black Belt Kumite - Male: 1st- N. Ramadge, 2nd- S. Barakzay, 3rd- C. Dibble.
Chairman of the Australian Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do Federation (AOGKF), Sensei Kevin Nash, recently completed a full week of training with IOGKF members from another 22 different countries. Sensei Kev represented Australia at the IOGKF European Gasshuku, an annual event that has been running since 1980 in different countries around the continent. Head by World Chief Instructor, Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura, Sensei Kev spent time training with 13 senior instructors ranked 7th & 8th Dan level.
The event was hosted by the English Goju-ryu Karate Association (EGKA) of which Sensei Ernie Molyneux is the chief instructor. Sensei Ernie will be our special guest for the AOGKF National Gasshuku in Goulburn in October 2018. Sensei Kevin and Sensei Ernie spent time training together and planning for the October event while they were together in London. Sensei Kev said he had learned a great deal at this course to bring back to the National Gasshuku this year, which is very exciting. Stayed tuned to this page as Sensei Kevin's European Karate adventures are not over yet!
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.