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JAPAN TRIP MARCH 2002


Akihito Isaka Sensei, Mikio Yahara Sensei and Malcolm Dorfman Sensei

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The Karatenomichi World Federation held an International Congress and Workshop on Saturday 9 March and Sunday 10 March at KWF Headquarters in Tokyo. Amongst the attendees were the majority of the KWF senior karateka, including Malcolm Dorfman Sensei.

SATURDAY 9 MARCH

WORKSHOP - NEW KWF SHODAN GRADING SYLLABUS

The Workshop on Saturday commenced with stancework training given by Akihito Isaka Sensei. The emphasis was placed on lower body movement originating from Heisokudachi and correct feet positioning. Mikio Yahara Sensei followed on by training the group on correct hip application to create the maximum impact for punching and striking, and correct hip application for maximum efficiency for blocking. All the above training led up to the requirements of the newly structured Shodan grading syllabus - less complicated, but with the emphasis on reality.

CONGRESS - MALCOLM DORFMAN SENSEI ELECTED TO SUPREME MASTER PANEL OF KWF

The KWF International Congress followed immediately after the training session. The agenda included inter alia, the new Articles of Association, the structure of the organisation, the rules and regulations, the affiliation system, and the new Dan grading syllabus. With regard to the structure, Yahara Sensei explained that control of both the technical and administrative aspects of the organisation was vested in the Saiko-Shihankai (Supreme Master Panel) in conjunction with the President, on consultation with the sub-structures. Previously, Yahara Sensei and Isaka Sensei held control of the organisation in their capacity as Chief Instructor and Technical Director respectively together with Yohji Yamamoto Sensei as President. This format was amended with Yahara Sensei (Chief Instructor), Isaka Sensei (8 Dan) and Malcolm Sensei (8 Dan) comprising the new format of the Saiko-Shihankai. On the technical side, the sub-structure immediately below the Saiko-Shihankai, is the Kokusai Shihankai (International Master Panel). This structure comprises all KWF 6 Dan and 7 Dan members, and as such, KWF South Africa have their three 6 Dan karateka on this panel, Marco Fanicchi Sensei (currently in Italy), Mike Dukas Sensei and Ian Duncan Sensei. Also attending this congress was Robert Sidoli Sensei (6 Dan) of the U.K., another non-Japanese member of the newly formed Kokusai Shihankai.

DINNER

The KWF attendees showed that life is not all serious, and in the evening at a Chinese restaurant close to KWF Headquarters, they not only enjoyed good food, but demonstrated the cameraderie and brotherhood that marks the KWF as a closely knit group - a family.

SUNDAY 10 MARCH

WORKSHOP - NEW KWF NIDAN AND HIGHER GRADING SYLLABUS

The Workshop on Sunday morning commenced with hip flexibility training given by Isaka Sensei. The purpose was to facilitate the extreme hip rotation required to execute the techniques as taught by Yahara Sensei the previous day. Isaka Sensei, almost 60 years old, amazed all by his demonstration of how hip flexibility could be retained by consistent training even as one aged, and explained some of his methods and exercises to achieve this end. Yahara Sensei continued the workshop in the same vein as the previous day, this time demonstrating the dynamics required for the new Nidan and higher grading syllabus. His well deserved reputation as the most effective, versatile and dangerous fighter ever to come out of the "Hornets Nest" (Instructor class of the original JKA) was so evident in his demonstration of the dynamics required to execute karate techniques with true Budo spirit and the reality required by the Karatenomichi World Federation as its policy on training.

MOUNT FUJI EXCURSION

Yahara Sensei showed another side to him when he took Malcolm Sensei and Robert Sidoli Sensei on Sunday afternoon to see the majestic Mount Fuji in the beautiful Hakone region, some 2 hours away from Tokyo. His unlimited hospitality included inter alia, bathing in the famous relaxing hot mineral baths ("onsen") of the region and sushi dinner in the Ginza on returning to Tokyo in the evening.

SPECIAL NOTE OF APPRECIATION

As always, Takashi Naito Sensei, former Secretary-General of the JKA (Asai) and currently a KWF Director, excelled in the hospitality department, ensuring that Malcolm Sensei should enjoy his sojourn in Tokyo. Not a day passed without some hospitable gesture.



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