This past January across the Salish Sea saw a combining of two local dojos to host a training seminar for the members of the IKOC. I have been to a few events over the last few years since joining the IKOK , Cranbrook, Prince George, Vancouver Cup and Canadian Championships’ to name a few. Always being a participant and an observer one thing always struck me; the familial bond that everyone shares. It makes sense that through Osu no Seishin and Shugyo that we all share a common bond. This bond became apparent when I saw the support this last weekend in January. I was overwhelmed to see that the first class had over forty students in attendance adults, juniors, yudansha and mudansha.
In Chemainus the first class covered kihon and basic three step ido geko. It was good to have all the students train together then split in their separate groups. What started as relatively simple was kicked up a notch with some block/strike combinations and kaiten…my head is still spinning. After the first break we were treated to a little DDP yoga warm up to help relieve some of the stiffness from the morning session. The afternoon session was a filled with more kihon combinations, just enough to keep the synapses firing on all cylinders and a review of the grading process for the mudansha. The day was capped with dinner and drinks in south Nanaimo.
The next morning at the Gabriola dojo most of us displayed the ever famous Kyokushin Shuffle. Sempai Arthur thoroughly warmed us up with a DDP warm up. After his 15 minutes were up we were all ‘warm’ to say the least (although the 10 second push-ups seemed like they took forever) and prepared us for Sensei Terry kumite drills. These were great. Sensei Terry showed us excellent ways to blend basics from kumite no kamae for a great workout. Osu! Later that morning we reviewed the difference between Happo no Kuzushi and Kawashi. The afternoon’s training was completed with kata for all the various grades. The yudansha attempted all the pinans to the ten count one after the other, great way to test one’s knowledge of the kata. The weekend’s festivities were completed by a shinsa offered by Shihan Stuart.
Overall I cannot thank the members of the IKOK-C for helping us make this event a success. I’m sure that given this success Sempai Mike Richards and I will endeavour to make this an annual event. My hope is that all those in attendance will take what they have learned back to their respective dojos. Also I hope that everyone feels as I do; that our family has just grown a little, and that through this mutual support continues to grow with every event that takes place.
Huy’ch q’u! (Thank you.)