IOGKF Australia Gasshuku with Sensei Bakkies Laubscher
By: David Lambert – IOGKF Australia
Sensei Bakkies Laubscher arrived to the beautiful coastal city for the second time since he took on a mentoring roll for the Australian organisation. Sensei Laubscher visits Australia usually annually to conduct a three day training seminar, usually focusing on basics – I like to think of it as the annual check up.
There were a number of black belt, kyu grade and kids sessions over 3 days, which Sensei Bakkies taught. He covered a number of Kata’s with his usual breakdown and repeat method of teaching. Sensei Bakkies would occasionally stop and explain variations on the Kata applications to emphasise some movements and create a different understanding of others.
The all grades sessions saw about 100 participants from Dojo’s all over Australia and a big special thanks goes to my good friend Sensei Robin Hood, who made the hop, skip and jump from New Zealand to attend – it was great share the event with some of our NZ family.
These sessions were high in intensity and repetitiveness. Sensei Bakkies used a number of challenging foot work drills coupled with basic techniques to keep all of us on our toes.
On the Saturday night there was a Gasshuku dinner at the duke hotel, I had a fantastic time catching up with much of the Australian IOGKF family and as always there is never a dull moment. Sensei Pat Brown’s birthday was also celebrated!
Many thanks to Sensei Chris Larken and Kerri Larken, along with all the Newcaslte team for their efforts in organising this Gasshuku. It ran smoothly and without trouble. I also want to congratulate Sensei’s Kevin Nash, Gary Johnson, Janet Young and Sam Steggall on passing their senior Dan grade test and finally thank Sensei Bakkies again for a great weekend of training.