Editors announcement – September issue 2009

IOGKF International Editor

David Lambert – IOGKF Australia

To contact the newsletter email: iogkfaus@bigpond.com

Welcome back to the IOGKF International Newsletter and to our second issue. This issue has proven to be one of ‘first’s’ in IOGKF International Newsletter history.


Firstly at the 2009 European Gasshuku, our International Executive committee has passed a motion to make this newsletter free for all members from now on! There is no need to subscribe and all you have to do is click onto www.iogkf.com and follow the online newsletter links.

In the past only 100 IOGKF members were subscribing to the International Newsletter. It was agreed by making our great product free to everyone, a broader range of our some 75,000 members could share in the experience that is the International Newsletter. It is also a great opportunity to attract new members to IOGKF International by showing them exactly what we have to offer in our instructors’ knowledge, members’ experiences and major achievements.


One reason that the previous newsletter did not have a massive audience is due to the fact that the newsletter was only available in English. Well thanks to Sensei Joe Tait and Sensei Luis Nunes and his team, for the first time we are presenting a selection of our articles in both Spanish and English.

I sincerely hope that these translated forms will help to attract even more members to the International Website and the Newsletter. We hope to feature Japanese translated articles in our next issue also.

My Eternal thanks go to Sensei Joe Tait, Sensei Luis Nunes, Antonio Pagan & Elena Martinez Cornet, for their translation work, as well as Sensei Helmut Leitner for his web design and Sensei Bruce McGee for his technical support. We as IOGKF members owe all of these people a great debt for their hard work.


Another first for this issue is that for many of our reports and instructional articles are now accompanied by videos. You can now read many Gasshuku reports and watch the highlights of the event afterwards.


On another note I would really like all of our members and readers to pay special attention to our breaking news section – where the 2010 South African World Budosai dates have officially been released!


In this issue I am happy to continue to feature more articles and stories from our regular contributors, Sensei Bakkies Laubscher and Sensei Linda Marchant, along with welcoming Sensei Ernie Molyneux and his highly recommended Kumite series to the newsletter. I would like to thank all these senior instructors along with everyone who has contributed to this Newsletter – your efforts benefit our members greatly.


Stay tuned for our December 2009 issue where we will be releasing the first volume of our ‘GOJU-RYU MASTERS’ comic book series. The comic book series will be graphically designed by Sensei Roberto Zapata - IOGKF Colombia (the winner of the 2008 World Budosai poster competition). You can see a preview for the comic book and read more information about it in our reports and competitions section. I would like to thank Mr. Zapata for taking on this task welcome him to our newsletter staff.

- Don’t forget to view the staff members section on the Newsletter Edition page and get to know the faces who give 100 percent to put this newsletter together.


This leads me to announce our first IOGKF newsletter competition. The competition will be a writing challenge, with the first prize being a copy of the 2008 World Budosai commemorative DVD set. The competition details and rules can be found in the reports and competitions sections of this issue.


 On a special note, I would like to congratulate IOGKF Namibia on the celebration of 30 years of Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do in their country! It is a great achievement and you can read all about their anniversary tournament, as well as addresses from Higaonna Sensei and Bakkies Sensei in the Top Stories section.


Please do not forget that anyone can submit anything for consideration for the newsletter. No news is too big or too small. If you’ve got an IOGKF related article or event report, we want to hear about it! If you have Karate artwork, poetry or research we’d love you to share it with the rest of our member.

Our next issue will be released in mid December 2009, with the cut off date for articles being November 15, 2009. Items can be forwarded to either iogkaus@bigpond.com or lambert@goulburnkarate.com or posted to:

IOGKF Goulburn
Lambert Karate Dojo
76 Gibson Street,
Goulburn, NSW,
Australia, 2580

Until December, take care and train hard,

David Lambert
Editor – IOGKF International
IOGKF Australia