TRADITIONAL KARATE - THE DAYS OF THE OPEN GATES

10-15 MARCH 2009

By: Victor Popa – IOGKF ROMANIA

Romanian IOGKF representative Instructor, Sensei Victor Popa, has been busy promoting Goju-ryu Karate throughout his country, with help from IOGKF senior Instructor, Sensei Bernard Cousin.

The training was conducted by Sensei Bernard Cousin (Chief instructor of IOGKF France), who was assisted by me, Victor Popa and 3 of my students, Mihalcea Marian, Stoican Marian, Sabau Cristian (all Shodan’s).

In order to promote and develop Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate in Romania were able to organize and conduct a project that involved 6 different cities from Romania Sibiu, Targoviste, Videle, Magurele, Buftea and Bucuresti.

In Sibiu we collaborated with the Federation of Traditional Kyokusin – IKO SOSAI.

In Targoviste, with an organization of Goju Kensha, Tora Sport Club Targoviste.

In Magurele and Buftea with an organization of Goju Kai, Clubul Sportiv Helmar 54.

In Videle, one of my Dojo’s with children from a modest village.

In Bucuresti, with one organization of Goju Ryu, Clubul Sportiv Phoenix-San.

For the second time, a group from Bulgaria came and participated at the Gasshuku in Bucuresti. The name of this club was the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Club - Varna.

We had an objective for each city:

1. Sibiu : “Goju Ryu Karate - Searching for tradition and uncovering the roots”.

2. Targoviste : “Goju-Ryu Karate - An opportunity to meet again old friends”.

3. Buftea : “Goju-Ryu Karate - Beneficial activity for children’s mental and physical development”.

4. Videle : “Goju-Ryu Karate - The activity that brings participants from great distances”.

5. Magurele: “Goju-Ryu Karate - The model of optimal collaboration, communication and cooperation”.

6. Bucuresti : “Goju-Ryu Karate -  Training in Karate - Okinawa Goju Ryu.”

In Addition one of the biggest objectives was to promote our Karate in the public school system. Sensei Bernard conducted two methodical sessions, in two different cities with children, in front of a jury formed of one psychologist, one inspector for sport, the director of high schools, a gymnastic coach and other didactical people from the “Children’s  Plalace” (a government organization) and the benefits of such activities was discussed, as well as  realization of a project concerning the implementation of the Goju-Ryu Karate system in school and in the National network of the Children’s Plalace and Children’s Club.

Another big objective was to strengthen our relations with the Bulgarian organization and we’ve discussed organizing a Karate seminar in Bulgaria in collaboration with Sensei Anghel Popov, from the Okinawa Goju Ryu Club-Varna, to be conducted by Sensei Bernard Cousin.

We’d like to thank to Sensei Bernard Cousin and to all our collaborators, Sensei Horatiu Neagoe – 2nd Dan Kyokushin, Sensei Badea Silviu- 4th Dan Goju Kensha, Sensei Mandroasa Stan – 3rd Dan Goju Kai, Sensei Anghel Popov- 3rd Dan Okinawan Goju Ryu and to all the people who have supported the realization of our project and to all that believed in the successful outcome of this seminar.