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【MONGOLIA】Report on the 2nd JKA Mongolia Gasshuku with Chubachi Sensei

【MONGOLIA】Report on the 2nd JKA Mongolia Gasshuku with Chubachi Sensei

【MONGOLIA】Report on the 2nd JKA Mongolia Gasshuku with Chubachi Sensei

From June 6th to June 9th, 2024, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, hosted the 2nd JKA Mongolia Gasshuku with Chubachi Sensei. The event’s significance was highlighted by the presence of distinguished guests, including the Japanese ambassador to Mongolia, His Excellency Igawahara Masaru, the Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)  Mongolia, Mr. Tanaka Shinichi, and a representative from the Mongolian government.

The Gasshuku attracted 122 participants, including several from Russia, marking a notable increase from the previous edition.

Led by Chubachi Sensei, with assistance from Akiyama Sensei and  Giovanni Virardi Sensei, the seminar emphasized improving speed through relaxation, weight shifting, and leveraging the lower body to enhance technique effectiveness. The three days of training sessions focused on:

  1. Kihon: Emphasis was placed on stances as the foundation of all techniques. Participants practiced drills designed to develop speed and strong stances, which are critical for generating power and maintaining balance.
  2. Kumite: The seminar covered Kihon Ippon Kumite and Jiyu Ippon Kumite. These sparring forms helped participants refine their timing, distance, and reaction speed, essential for progressing to Jiyu Kumite.
  3. Kata: Training included all five Heian katas—Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan, and Heian Godan. Detailed instructions and corrections were provided to help participants internalize these forms and improve their overall technique.

Students praised Chubachi Sensei for his patience and kindness, which created an ideal learning environment.

On the final day, Dan examinations and qualifications were held, and in the evening, a Sayonara party took place at the honbu dojo where members and their families gathered to celebrate, bringing a warm and joyful conclusion to the event.

The event received significant media attention, covered by two major Mongolian television networks and various newspapers, reflecting the growing interest in Karate in Mongolia.

The 2nd JKA Mongolia Gasshuku was a resounding success. Participants gained valuable insights and techniques. Special thanks go to JKA  headquarters for sending Chubachi Sensei, whose exceptional instruction greatly contributed to the event’s success.

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