Official Opening of the new IOGKF Canada Honbu Dojo with Higaonna Sensei

By: Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura – IOGKF World Vice Chief Instructor

After the success of the 2011 MCF in Mexico, Higaonna Sensei journeyed to Canada where he officially opened the new IOGKF Canada Honbu Dojo – the training hall of Nakamura Sensei...

I would like to thank everybody for your support. This event became a special day to remember for the rest of my life. It is a great honour to have Higaonna Sensei at our dojo on such a special day. Our members did a wonderful job performing their skills in front of Higaonna Sensei. Higaonna Sensei was very impressed by our new dojo, and the family kind atmosphere of our members.  I also received many messages and gifts from all over the world including a message from Aragaki Shuichi Sensei in Okinawa.

Photos from the event:

Higaonna Sensei giving a speech to all members present for the Grand Opening.

A happy family is important to build a happy home.

Kakie Demonstration by Higaonna Sensei & Nakamura Sensei.

Master Higaonna performing Tensho Kata

Message from Shuichi Aragaki Sensei (English Version Below):

中村館長および道場生のみなさまへ」

念願の新道場オープンおめでとうございます。  p心よりお祝い申し上げます。  p中村館長は、

沖縄剛柔流武術の正統を継承された東恩納盛男先生のIOGKFを主体に研鑽され、人格と共に良き指導者であり道場生や新入門者にとって、指導を受ける事は幸せと思います。

新道場を機会に皆さんには気持ちをあらたに自分を成長させる場であると共に、自己鍛錬の修行の場と自覚して稽古に励んで下さい。

道場はまた、静座瞑想として心を磨く所で、常に整理整頓に気をつけて下さい。

空手着は、自分の精神修行の一部であり、

  • 終われば正座して、
  • きちんとたたみ持ち帰り、
  • 昔ながらに洗濯は手で洗い、
  • いつもきれいにして着用する、

様に心がけてください。

これも修行で、教外別伝の一つです。実行すれば納得でき、意味が解ると思います。

これからも健康に気をつけて頑張ってください。

今後の道場生の皆さんの成長を楽しみに、更に壮大なカナダの地に、根を強くはり、益々のご発展を願い沖縄の地より見守りたいと思います。

合掌

最後に私の好きな言葉を贈ります。

前事不忘 後事之師」

5月吉日

新垣修一

- translation -

To Nakamura Sensei and all students of Shudokan;

Congratulations on your new dojo's grand opening.  I would like to celebrate with all of you from the bottom of my heart.  Nakamura Sensei has been training traditional Okinawa Goju-Ryu for many years under the true master, Morio Higaonna Sensei.  He is a fine instructor with good character.  It is a privilege for all of his students to be able to learn under him. 

At the opening of your new dojo, I would like all students to refresh their minds, and train hard to improve themselves as human beings.

The dojo is the special place where you train your mind and spirit.  Please take good care of it, and always keep it clean.

Your Gi is also a very important part of your training and mental discipline.  When you finish your training, straighten your Gi before you sit in seiza.  Wash your Gi with your hands, and always wear a clean Gi.

This is part of the discipline.  I cannot explain it all with words.  But when you keep trying, you will understand the meaning.

Please take good care of your health.  I would like to wish you all the best from Okinawa, the birth place of Karate, and personal improvement and further prosperity, and I hope Goju-ryu will be rooted deep into the earth of such a big country like Canada.

In the end, I would like to finish my message with my favourite saying.

"Learn from the past.  The past is a teacher for the future."

Shuichi Aragaki
Student of Chojun Miyagi
IOGKF Honorary Advisor