16th Annual IOGKA Goshukan Gasshuku REPORT
Thank you to all who attended this year’s gasshuku in Columbus, Georgia! We enjoyed three days of beautiful weather as we trained in three different locations: Woodruff Riverfront Park on the Campus of Columbus State University on Friday, Lakeside at Cooper Creek Park on Saturday, and finishing up the weekend overlooking the whitewater rapids of the Chattahoochee River at Whitewater Island on Sunday!
I want to begin with recognition of all instructors;
Takamiyagi Hiroshi Hanshi – Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu Honbu Dojo Chatan Cho – Okinawa, Japan. IOGKA President.
Garry Parker Shihan – Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu USA Honbu Dojo
Columbus, GA. IOGKA Vice-President
Michael Mitchell Shihan – Kage Niwa Dojo. Davie, FL.
(IOGKA Florida State Director)
Paul Sabota Kyoshi – Imperial Crane Dojo. Crofton, MD.
To those that traveled from Maryland, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia: Thank you all for your friendship and dedication to budo.
This year was packed with so much variety, there was something for everyone.
- Shuri Te’s Passai Sho tuidi and kyusho
- Shuri Te’s Naihanchi tuidi and bunkai
- Five Ancestor Fist/Wu Zhu Quan’s kata/bunkai – San Chien, Tiao Qie, Wu Fu Chien
- Goshukan-Ryu’s iron body principles, and trapping/catching drills
- Ryukyu Kobudo: Tenryu no Kun, Tokumine no Kun, Chatan Yara no Sai
- Mugai Ryu Iaido kata and kumitachi.
As usual, most of us ‘seasoned’ karate-ka will be remembering this weekend very vividly over the next few weeks as we ice our knees, shoulders, wear knee braces, and heal the bruises, bumps, busted lips and noses. What fun is a Karate gasshuku without a few souvenirs?
Another first this year was quite literally Karate History being made, and those in attendance were there to witness first hand.
Our first group of IOGKA Yudansha-Kai members were promoted to Shodan (black belt) on U.S. Soil by Takamiyagi Sensei! These members were already blackbelts in their core ryu/style, and have worked extremely hard over the past year at our quarterly workshops taught at the Goshukan-Ryu USA Honbu Dojo and Summer gasshuku.
It has been my pleasure to teach you and and guide you on your path in Goshukan-Ryu, and I am extremely proud to have my name and stamp next to Takamiyagi Sensei’s name on your menjo. What an honor it is, and I’m looking forward to many more years of training and growth with each one of you!
Thank you to Takamiyagi Sensei for openly sharing your knowledge and skill with us again this year, and for opening your heart and our eyes. We are extremely fortunate to have you as our leader in the IOGKA, and I am grateful beyond words to have you as my teacher.
Until next time,
Okinawa Goshukan-Ryu Karate.
Kaicho – USA Honbu Dojo.