JKA New Zealand March’ 2016 Gasshuku Report with Shihan Tatsuya Naka & Sensei Koichiro Okuma
What a seminar !
It was a perfect blend of harmonious techniques tempered into reality by two of the leading Sensei’s from JKA hq. Sensei Naka’s perfection complimented by Senei Okuma’s pure strength, it was a treat indeed !
JKA New Zealand karate members experienced one of the finest “Gasshuku” (seminar) over the weekend of 18th to 20th March 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Karateka’s from various JKA dojo’s in and around New Zealand participated in this three day event followed by Dan grading & License qualification examinations.
In all there were five intense training sessions covering Kihon, Kata and Kumite. Sensei Naka and Sensei Okuma put our members through the basic “kihon waza” pointing out the need for preparation, followed by execution with appropriate timing, power and speed.
Shitei” Katas (Heian & Tekki Shodan) and four “Sentei” katas (Basai dai, Jion, Kanku dai and Empi) were taught in depth to our junior and Black belt members.
This year kata “Chinte” (珍手) was the flavor of this Gasshuku taught to our senior members with emphasis on “Bunkai” (analysis).
Last two sessions saw our members practicing Kumite techniques paring up one against the other in some very innovative but very practical drills.
Overall it was a fantastic experience with the entire event spread over 6 days. Sensei Naka & Okuma also took time going around our three main Auckland dojo’s conducting “dojo training” prior to the weekend of the Gasshaku.
Our members feel truly rejuvenated with the experience and are looking forward to the visit of JKA Instructor’s from the JKA hq in the future.
On behalf of JKA New Zealand I would like to thank Sensei Naka, Sensei Okuma, JKA headquarters, JKA and Shotokan clubs in New Zealand who participated in making this event a grand success.
Thanking you all,
Chief Instructor JKA New Zealand