Australia Gasshuku with Sensei Joe Roses

Australia Gasshuku with Sensei Joe Roses

The AOGKF held their annual NSW state Gasshuku in Crookwell on April 7th and achieved large numbers for a one day seminar...

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Crookwell is a country town with a small population, about 40 mins from the city of Goulburn. When a chance to bid for the hosting rights for the New South Wales state Gasshuku for 2013 became available, little Crookwell was keen to prove it could achieve big things!

The Gasshuku was held in the Crookwell Dojo, part of the memorial hall complex and the training was split between two rooms. The main hall had a beautiful sprung timber floor and martial arts mats were laid down in another smaller room.

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A lot of preparation went into the first official event of the year for the AOGKF, following their trip to New Zealand to train with Nakamura Sensei. Over 85 enthusiastic participants showed up to Crookwell, break the Australian record for attendance at a one day seminar!

To begin with we all crammed into the main hall for an hour of training. 30 minutes of Jumbi Undo was taken by Sensei Kevin Nash (AOGKF Chairman) and he was followed by Sensei Joe Roses (AOGKF Head Instructor and IOGKF 7th Dan) who had the sweat running with an exciting basics session.

Our Pee-wee members then moved into the matted rooms for another 30 minutes of training with Sensei Joe Roses. The smiles on their faces said it all! The rest of the Gasshuku was taken by Sensei David Lambert, who explained how to generate power from your spine and shoulder blade and incorporated the ‘fish up’ training we all learnt from Nakamura Sensei in New Zealand a month before.

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Following a short break, we split into group training. Black & Brown Belts, Orange –Purple Belt, White-Yellow belt and Pee-wees. Each group had the opportunity to learn from all of the AOGKF Executive committee members and special guest instructor, Sensei Geoff Tait from our Orange Dojo. Sensei Geoff had just returned from Japan where he spent two weeks training under Terauchi Sensei.

Time flew and Sensei Joe decided he wanted to finish with a demonstration. He chose members out of the crowd and put them on the spot to perform Kata’s and applications. Everyone really rose to the occasion and each performance was met with great applause

We ended with a great family BBQ at a nearby park. It was so great to see so many IOGKF members all socialising and enjoying themselves under the banner of Goju-ryu! Thank you to all those who attended and made this event the success it was!

 

We ended with a great family BBQ at a nearby park. It was so great to see so many IOGKF members all socialising and enjoying themselves under the banner of Goju-ryu! Thank you to all those who attended and made this event the success it was!