Autumn Gasshuku: a Romanian and Bulgarian collaboration

By Marian Stoican-IOGKF Romania

IOGKF Romania & Goju-ryu Varna, recently hosted IOGKF France Chief Instructor, Sensei Bernard Cousin, for a 3 day National Seminar that was attended by Romanian and Bulgarian Karate enthusiasts…

On the 27th, 28th and 29th of November, this year, we had three day seminar dedicated to Karate in the spirit and tradition of the Goju Ryu style under the direct coordination of Sensei Bernard Cousin, (chief instructor of IOGKF France). They were three trainings for the Romanian participants and two trainings for the Bulgarians participants.

The autumn seminars intentions was to create some new contacts with the others martial arts participants and also to continue taking in the learning’s of Sensei Bernard Cousin, that started in the previous seminars; if during the previous seminars we have understood the importance of the vision, reaction and coordination in combat, in this one we were to learn the importance of the tactics, a subject cleverly chosen by Sensei Bernard Cousin, considering that the participants ages was situated between 18 and 60 years old.

The Sensei’s experience helped him to combine a series of exercises for participants of all ages, these exercises being included as part of Sensei Cousin’s proposed subject. He presented to us some specific Kyu grade exercises of tactics, the difference for the black belts consisting only in a few details.

The two training’s from Bulgaria left us a good impression and reveal to us some new aspects of the Okinawa Goju Ryu style. We left Bulgaria with good thoughts and with the hope of soon returning.

No matter the country and the style, the exercises and the explanations of Sensei managed to maintain all the participants on a single way, the way of Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do.


By Sensei Angel Popov – Varna , Bulgaria

On 28th-29th of November 2009, for the first time in Bulgaria we organized a Gasshuku for Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate, to be conducted by Sensei Bernard Cousin - 7 dan (Chief instructor of IOGKF France). Thе host of the seminar was “Okinawa Goju ryu Karate Club Varna ” from Bulgaria , with instructor Sensei Angel Popov – 3rd dan Okinawa Goju Ryu. On the event, except the host, participants took part from different clubs from different towns : Varna , Sofia and Svishtov, who were training Goju Kai, Judo and Ju Jitsu.

Our special guests were Victor Popa - IOGKF Romania and some of his students from Bucharest.

During the first day, after the kids training, Sensei Bernard Cousin took a hard and exhausting training for all adults. After two hours of working on basic techniques, punches, blocks and with work in pairs, the windows and mirrors of the dojo were blurred.

In the evening, everybody had dinner in an traditional Bulgarian restaurant “Chinarite”. We discussed how we are planning to organize another combined seminar in the future and to maintain relations with Sensei Victor Popa.

The next morning, the seminar started with interesting training for kids with different exercises and San Dan Gi. With long warming exercises for flexibility, Sensei Bernard Cousin started with the training of Kakie – A close quarters exercise for kumite. Everybody enjoyed it, especially the guests from the Judo and Ju Jitsu, clubs.

In the one hour of additional training, Sensei Bernard Cousin got into the details of Seiyunchin Kata and some of the Kata’s applications.

At the end of the seminar all of the participants received diplomas, took pictures and shared positive impressions with their new friends.