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Due to the restrictions facing Australia in November 2021, it was decided to move the AOGKF National Gasshuku event online. IOGKF World Cheif Instructor, Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura, agreed to join the event and the Gasshuku had over 130 participants from 6 different countries.
Nakamura Sensei will be in Australia next November for the 2022 National Gasshuku!
Club Champions: Goulburn Dojo
6-7 years Kata: 1st: Maiya Lane 2nd: Emily Malcher 3rd: Bianca Stanton
8-9 years Kata: 1st: Abigail Thiele 2nd: Florence Douglas 3rd: Ayla Ridland
10-11 years Kata: 1st: Bailey Voormeulen 2nd: Stella Douglas 3rd: Amelia Manuel
12-13 years Kata: 1st: Elena Mehr 2nd: Layla Haikal
14-15 years Kata: 1st: Amelia Stanton 2nd: Skye Pearce 3rd: Kathryn Shepherd
<40 years 10th-4th Kyu Kata: 1st: Sian Murray 2nd: Britney Jeffrey 3rd: Mikhayla Mills
>40 years 10th-10th-4th Kyu Kata: 1st: Vanessa Palmer 2nd: Monique Hayes 3rd: Giang Malcher
18 years + 3rd-1st Kyu Kata: 1st: Evelyn Minchin 2nd: Fiona Lloyd 3rd: Emma Evans
Jr Black Belt Kata: 1st: Bethany Murray 2nd: Ava Frodyma-Smith 3rd: Marz Dibble
Black Belt Kata: 1st: Meghan Frodyma 2nd: Shenae Lambert 3rd: Darika Sowana
5-7 years Kata: 1st: CJ Christensen 2nd: Tekohati Kingi 3rd: Rafael Suehara
8-9 years Kata: 1st: Manaia Tuaau 2nd: Aarun Danarasah 3rd: Jimmy McClelland
10-11 years Kata: 1st: Trent Wortley 2nd: Oliver Hocken 3rd: Kit Thiele
12-13 years Kata: 1st: Clayton Wilson 2nd: Jack Ottley 3rd: Zac Rodger
14-15 years Kata: 1st: Ben Rothenfluh 2nd: Joseph Lloyd 3rd: Angus Ross
16-17 years Kata: 1st: Marsden Allan 2nd: William Tait
<40 years 10th-4th Kyu Kata: 1st: Alex Ward 2nd: Miyuru Rambukwella 3rd: Tristan Green
>40 years 10th-10th-4th Kyu Kata: 1st: Andres Vasquez 2nd: Lee Tunks 3rd: Jake Vosloo
>40 years 3rd-1st Kyu Kata: 1st: Adenn Nardi 2nd: Matt Kane 3rd: James Rippon
> 40 years 3rd-1st Kyu Kata: 1st: David Newth 2nd: Daniel Rimmer 3rd: Bill Cluney
Jr Black Belt Kata: 1st: Bradley Winters 2nd: Bowen Murray 3rd: Luke Smithson
Black Belt Kata: 1st: Mitchell Hill 2nd: Jackson Fleming 3rd: Matt Warren
The Friday evening of May 21 saw 50 of the AOGKF's black belts come together for an intensive 2.5 hours of training under Sensei Joe Roses and the executive committee instructors. Sensei Joe warmed everyone up, before groups focusing on the lower level Kaishugata took place. Lots of repetition and lots of good points to help improve performance. The training ended with an all grades session focusing on Tensho Kata with Sensei Joe. Sensei Joe continues to provide so many bunkai and details for Tensho and also introduced senior members to Renzoku Bunkai for Shisochin.
The next day saw the event opened up to Brown belt members also and the event numbers climbed to 80 +, making this the largest event of this type the AOGKF has ever hosted. The training included everything from senior Kata training, to application practices, Kakie, self defence drills, ground fighting, basics and a lot of star jumps! The energy in the Dojo was electric and there were smiles shining through all the sweat! Sensei Kev spoke about that at such a senior level, you might only be able to improve 2-3% and that you really need to make a concentrated effort to go and find these small areas to improve. It was an incredible Gasshuku!
Late in the afternoon on Saturday, 15 participants from 6 different Dojo's lined up sit tests from Shodan to Sandan. An extremely fast and physical basics component set the pace for the rest of the grading. There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears given by the participants and they were tested on all aspects of the IOGKF International Curriculum. After 2 hours the grading was called to an end the participants were met by thunderous applause by all watching the grading. It was an inspiring performance by all involved!
That evening over 100 AOGKF members and their families gathered for dinner and the results. It was a night of celebrations, laughs and family fun!
Collin Green - Brisbane - PASS
Fritz Venzke - Caloundra - PASS
Jenna Martin - Brisbane - PASS
Edward Pearce - Ipswich - PASS
Mitchell Hill - Crookwell - PASS
Jackson Fleming - Crookwell - PASS
Anthony Winters - Goulburn - PASS
James Fletcher - Bonython - PASS
Allison Murray - Crookwell - PASS
Sam Toparis - Goulburn - PASS
Justin Thompson - Goulburn - PASS
Andrew Evans - Goulburn - PASS
Deanna Catto - Bonython - PASS
Amelia O'Rourke - Bonython - PASS
Luke McGowan - Bonython - PASS
Sensei Fritz Venzke of Suncoast Traditional Karate hosted the first annual AOGKF QLD State Gasshuku in Queensland. Sensei Fritz and his wife Helene did an incredible job organising this event with participants from 5 AOGKF Dojo's joining the event. The Gasshuku was taught by Sensei Joe Roses O.A.M, Sensei David Lambert and Sensei Shenae Lambert. It was hot, sweaty and so much fun and some AOGKF members even enjoyed a dip at the beach after training. Keep your eye out for the Brisbane Regional Gasshuku on June 5 and for the announcement of next years QLD State Gasshuku!
Held on the same weekend, Sensei Joe Roses and Sensei Kevin Nash took the lead for the 2nd annual ACT State Gasshuku, while Sensei David Lambert headed the 9th annual NSW Gasshuku in Yass, NSW. Between both events, over 180 participants trained and learned from the Executive Committee and senior AOGKF instructors. The NSW State Gasshuku also marked the first ever AOGKF event to not feature Sensei Joe Roses and was an historical moment in the organisation and a credit to it's growth. Many thanks to James Fletcher for his help with the ACT event and to Sensei Vince for hosting the NSW event in Yass.
On the next weekend, Sensei Kevin Nash traveled to Melbourne, Victoria for the 1st annual AOGKF Victorian State Gasshuku. Sensei Armin Mehr was the host of this event and has done an incredible job spreading Goju-ryu in the state following the Victorian COVID lock down. A very dedicated group of members from all over Melbourne joined the event, many meeting Sensei Kevin for the first time. The event was a great success! Stay tuned for details of next years event!
This was the first AOGKF in person event to be held since the COVID lock down and the restricted activities that followed. It was a surreal feeling having some many AOGKF members together again and split over multiple facilities, especially seeing that the rest of the world is still suffering badly from the pandemic. For this reason, AOGKF has elected not publish any photographs, videos or official reports from the weekend as a show of respect to all those doing to tough across the globe. The event concluded with an address written by Sensei Ernie Molyneux (IOGKF Vice-Chief Instructor) who reminded us to keep training and to never give up!
Shenae Lambert - Goulburn Dojo - PASS
Nathan Ramadge - Goulburn Dojo - PASS
Colin Dibble - Orange Dojo - PASS
David Carberry - Gungahlin Dojo - PASS
Florence Wilshire-Taledo - Bonython Dojo - PASS
Jamie O'Neill - Bonython Dojo - PASS
Mitchell Hill - Marulan Dojo - PASS
Mark Stevens - Newcastle Dojo - PASS
Kyle McCormack - Crookwell Dojo - PASS
Meghan Frodyma - Bonython Dojo - PASS
Darika Sowana - Bonython Dojo - PASS
Jin Thoo - Bonython Dojo - PASS
Ren Thoo - Bonython Dojo - PASS
Joseph Falsone - Bonython Dojo - PASS
Brent King - Bonython Dojo - PASS
Brian Walsh - Bonython Dojo - PASS
Lewis Harms - Woden Valley Dojo - PASS
Eloise Sinclair - Goulburn Dojo - PASS
Bowen Murray - Crookwell Dojo - PASS
To all AOGKF students and their families.
On behalf of the AOGKF executive committee I would like to offer some words and advice to help our members deal with the covid19 pandemic.
This is a time for the community to come together to help and support each other. This is an opportunity for us to rise and show the whole world what we are made of. Let us reflect on the Dojo kun to gain strength from.
By being considerate, kind and respectful towards people especially to those that we might find to be stressed and anxious. We might find these people among our families and friends or people we encounter when crossing their paths at places available to us like the shops or health care facilities. It’s important to keep in close contact with family and neighbours to see how they are and if you can be of any help whilst observing government rules and guidelines.
This is a time for us to stand up and show leadership while others are in despair. This is what set us, Karate-ka students, apart from the normal person. We have trained to endure physical and mental pressure by developing an indomitable spirt. This is just another test that we will pass. We will dig deep, in times that others feel they can no longer endure, and we will push through with dignity and with a smile on our face. We will lead by example and show the weak and needy that we are there to lead and support them.
TRAIN YOUR MIND & BODY:
In these times this is a perfect opportunity to practice what we train daily. To focus on the task at hand and not let the mind wander off with too many random thoughts of doom and gloom. We need to take care of ourselves and our loved ones and exercise is the key to a healthy mind and body. This is a good opportunity for those that have not started to use meditation as a training tool and to start this mindfulness practice.
PRACTICE DAILY & PROTECT TRADITIONAL KARATE:
We must find ways to train at home like the Okinawan’s did, using implements from around the house, shed and yard. Diligent training will make sure we continue the art of Goju Ryu karate into the future. Already our AOGKF Sensei’s have found new ways to keep training and stay in contact with their students by using new methods like online virtual dojos, training videos and I am sure that there will be a lot more innovation to come.
STRIVE TO REACH THE ESSENCE OF GOJU-RYU:
Karate teaches us balance in life and to remain calm, to be at peace with ourselves. When others are finding it tough, we stand up and become the leaders and pillars in society to steer the ship and take control of the situation. People are looking for leaders and we of the karate community are up for the challenge.
NEVER GIVE UP
Most importantly we never give up. We stand up, we fight, we kick, we punch, we gouge, and we will struggle to do what is right and needs to be done for the survival of ourselves our families, friends and community. We will not be beaten, and we will survive.
I would say to you all in our Karate family, be strong, lets stick together. Be leaders in the community and we will be bigger, stronger and better people mentally, physically and spiritually for this experience.
Love to you all and keep safe
Sensei Kevin Nash
To say the 2019 combined events was a huge success would be an understatement! Sensei Kazuo Terauchi, 9th Dan from IOGKF Japan, headed training event and over three days amazed large crowds of over 165 participants, plus spectators, with is incredible speed, ability and technical instruction. Terauchi Sensei pushed everyone to their limits, but also enhanced their Karate with great sessions on Kata and Kumite drills. There was plenty of sweat and also plenty of laughs under Terauchi Sensei watch.
The Japanese Embassy in Canberra was quick to support the event, sending deputy chief of missions, Minister Omura, to welcome everyone to the Gasshuku. Terauchi Sensei & members of AOGKF performed demonstrations for Minister Omura and they were well received. AOGKF members were very lucky to have Minister Omura visit the event.
Along with AOGKF senior instructors, overseas guest instructors, Sensei Joseph Tait and Sensei John Marrable, also did a fantastic job assisting Terauchi Sensei in delivering a very popular Gasshuku.
Terauchi Sensei commented that the level of instruction he witnessed over the weekend was very high. He was also very impressed with the AOGKF Friendship Tournament. Over 135 competitors took to the floor to test their skills against others from four different states. In our closest ever results, Bonython became National Champions in 2019 by two medals. The friendship, goodwill and great sportsmanship displayed on the day was inspiring and all the competitiors and officials did a great job.
1st: Bonython Dojo 2nd: Goulburn Dojo 3rd: Bungendore & Crookwell Dojo
Club Champions Cup: Goulburn Dojo Junior Champions Cup: Goulburn Dojo Senior Champions Cup: Bonython Dojo
6-7 years Kata: 1st: Violet Blair 2nd: Abigail Thiele 3rd: Chelsea Douglass
6-7 years Kumite: 1st: Chelsea Douglass 2nd: Abigail Thiele 3rd: Violet Blair
8-9 years Kata: 1st: Bailey Voormeulen 2nd: Gabriela Tremble 3rd: Lucy King
8-9 years Kumite: 1st: Eryn Frodyma-Smith 2nd: Bailey Voormeulen 3rd: Eve Bradley
10-11 years Kata: 1st: Layla Kendrick 2nd: Taylor McClelland 3rd: Nikita Goldsmith
10-11 years Kumite: 1st: Ava Frodyma-Smith 2nd: Layla Kendrick 3rd: Taylor McClelland
12-13 years Kata: 1st: Marielle Macatuad 2nd: Bethany Murray 3rd: Baly Locus
12-13 years Kumite: 1st: Bethany Murray 2nd: Marielle Macatuad 3rd: Baly Locus
14-15 years Kata: 1st: Laila Mehr 2nd: Olivia Bourne 3rd: Olivia Skerry
14-15 years Kumite: 1st: Olivia Bourne 2nd: Olivia Skerry
16-17 years Kata: 1st: Eloise Sinclair 2nd: Annelise Campbell 3rd: Emily Kimber
16-17 years Kumite: 1st: Eloise Sinclair 2nd: Annelise Campbell 3rd: Emily Kimber
18 years + 10th-4th Kyu Kata: 1st: Lisa Eldridge 2nd: Giang Malcher 3rd: Evelyn Minchin
18 years + 10th-4th Kyu Kumite: 1st: Lisa Eldridge 2nd: Leah Ross 3rd: Evelyn Minchin
18 years + 3rd-1st Kyu Kata: 1st: Meghan Frodyma 2nd: Darika Sowana 3rd: Deanna Catto
18 years + 3rd-1st Kyu Kumite: 1st: Meghan Frodyma 2nd: Darika Sowana 3rd: Amelia O'Rourke
6-7 years Kata: 1st: Max Henderson 2nd: Oliver Malcher 3rd: Aarun Danarash
6-7 years Kumite: 1st: Jimmy McClelland 2nd: Oliver Malcher 3rd: Aaran Daughtry
8-9 years Kata: 1st: Daniel Massa-Stevens 2nd: Kit Thiele 3rd: Ryan Jones
8-9 years Kumite: 1st: Sam Reyes 2nd: Saxon Greenwood 3rd: Joshua Kennedy
10-11 years Kata: 1st: Lucas Jones 2nd: David Reyes 3rd: Dominic Lloyd
10-11 years Kumite: 1st: Cameron Elderton 2nd: David Reyes 3rd: Laby Locus
12-13 years Kata: 1st: Bradley Winters 2nd: Ryan McKenzie 3rd: Caleb Howe
12-13 years Kumite: 1st: Ryan McKenzie 2nd: Bradley Winters 3rd: Angus Ross
14-15 years Kata: 1st: Bowen Murray 2nd: Nathan Dibble
14-15 years Kumite: 1st: Bowen Murray 2nd: Nathan Dibble
16-17 years Kata: 1st: Justin Thompson 2nd: Sam Dunn
16-17 years Kumite: 1st: Justin Thompson 2nd: Sam Dunn
18 years + 10th-4th Kyu Kata: 1st: James Rippon 2nd: Isaak Boltezar 3rd: David Newth
18 years + 10th-4th Kyu Kumite: 1st: Andrew Evans 2nd: David Newth 3rd: Isaak Boltezar
18 years + 3rd-1st Kyu Kata: 1st: Jin Thoo 2nd: Joseph Falsone 3rd: Luke McGowan
18 years + 3rd-1st Kyu Kumite: 1st: Brent King 2nd: Luke McGowan 3rd: Joseph Falsone
18 years + Black Belt Kata: 1st: Fritz Venzke 2nd: Nathan Ramadge 3rd: Edward Pearce
18 years + Black Belt Kumite: 1st: Jackson Fleming 2nd: Kevin Kennedy 3rd: Edward Pearce
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
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!
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.
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