Sunday, 02 October 2016 16:24Last Updated on Sunday, 02 October 2016 16:25Written by ET0 Comments
2016 IKO LA Seminar
The 2016 IKO LA Seminar was held at the Manhattan Beach Dojo in California on September 17 and 18. I had always wanted to participate in this seminar, which counted its seventh installment this year. I am very happy that I finally made it.
The seminar had a total of five training sessions which were led by Shihan Patrick Fard, Shihan Taku Nakasaka and Sensei Takashi Hasegawa. I was also assigned to teach some portions of the classes. The instructor team had a meeting prior to the first day to discuss the teaching plans, which included Kihon, Kata,Kumite strategies and Sparring.
There are two reasons that I strive to attend a seminar such as this. First, it always provides me with an opportunity to learn new methods and approaches for instructing the various components of Karate. Secondly, the shared camaraderie that builds up among participants as a seminar progresses quite often results in long lasting friendships in my Kyokushin journey.
In my opinion, this particular seminar achieved both goals very well. I learned a lot from the classes taught by these experienced instructors, and I am starting to incorporate some of the moves into my own training plan, and to introduce them to my students in Vancouver. In addition to the technical aspects, the camaraderie that I felt with the students of Los Angeles was incredible. Sweating together in the dojo, running on the beautiful Manhattan Beach and sparring with the top fighters in the region left me with some strong memorable moments.
And most significantly, training with these three instructors was special. We have known each other since mid-90′s but we hardly get to train together as students despite the fact that we always see each other as officials at international tournaments. I believe training together is fundamental in Kyokushin to nurture friendships and to promote mutual respect and trust. This seminar allowed me to re-connect with these individuals and to strengthen our two-decade long friendships.
Lastly, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Shihan Patrick and his students for their exemplary efforts in organizing such a wonderful event every year. Also, I would like to express my respect to Shihan Taku, Sensei Hasegawa and their students for supporting the event so fully. And I would like to thank IKOK-C for allowing me to participate in the event. Thank you.
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