You never know what to expect when you plan an event how well it will go. I am please to say that the 40th karate anniversary was a great event and a great weekend.
With my good friend from Germany arriving on the Friday evening about 10.30pm and then going out for a couple of drinks, getting back at 2am you just knew that this was going to be a whirlwind event!
The first class at 11 am in the morning was for all grades and many trained on the class and it was great to see the students from Germany as well as their sensei, Mario who is celebrating 50 years of karate this year. And my good friend Don also arrived having travelled from Lithuania specially for this weekend. On the class I covered the technical training level as I experienced with Isamu Arikaki.
At 4pm seniors came down to train again and this time I covered training principles as learnt from Steve Cattle in the 90's including taisabaki and the kata Wankan and bunkai.
In the evening almost 5 people turned up for a great meal at the Kayal Restaurant on Granby Street. Food was fabulous and a really nice evening with everyone.
Unfortunately the German group had to leave for an early flight on the Sunday morning but the remaining students on the Sunday morning experienced many principles of Kase Ha shotokan karate, working on the breathing and power over many techniques. A surprise visitor, Tim Smith came to training Sunday morning and capped off a great weekends training and seeing many new and old friends was special.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who came and supported the event in whatever way they could and really do appreciate the gifts that I received. The gifts were unexpected and I hope that everyone enjoyed the training, the meal and the experience.
I look forward to the next one in 2029 !!