2011 XXVII European Gasshuku – Portugal
By Luís Foro - IOGKF Portugal
IOGKF Portugal under the leadership of Sensei Jorge Monterio successfully pulled off the biggest Goju-ryu gathering in Portugal history! Over 800 attendees from 23 different countries came to an event that had not only high quality training but a family atmosphere to match…
25 to 29 July 2011 the IOGKF Portugal hosted the XXVII European Gasshuku surpassing all expectations. The Gasshuku had the guidance of Sensei Morio Higaonna with the participation of Sensei Bakkies Laubsher, Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura and Sensei Katsuya Yamashiro. The event was attended by chief instructors and representatives from 23 countries and five continents. With over 800 participants this was without doubt the largest meeting of Goju-Ryu held in Portugal. The fourth European Gasshuku in Portugal was a unique experience and a huge success in terms of organization.
The Welcome Party was held at Restaurant Monte Aventino – Porto. This event was an opportunity to meet old and new friends with plenty of good food, wine and live music.
There were five days of intense activity with the aim of standardizing Goju-Ryu worldwide. The Karate-ka had classes with the following teachers: Sensei Morio Higaonna, Sensei Bakkies Laubsher (South Africa), Sensei George Andrews (England), Sensei Ernie Molyneaux (England), Sensei Henrik Larsen (Denmark), Sensei Jorge Monteiro (Portugal), Sensei Yamashiro (Okinawa), Sensei Luis Nunes (Spain), Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura (Canada) and Sensei Matsuyama (Sweden). Each Sensei rotated through the various ranks and their instructions focused on Kata, Kihon and Bunkai.
The Sayonara Party was held at the Quinta da Malafaia – Esposende. Once again, the food, wine, music and dance provided a relaxed atmosphere and a pleasant evening to all. Some Portuguese students prepare a tribute to Sensei Jorge Monteiro, chief instructor of Portugal, for recognition not only for organizing this event in our country, but for his dedication to a lifetime to traditional karate.
The event had wide coverage in national media.
In an interview to channel TVI, Sensei Morio Higaonna told us that training martial arts in a place like this is fantastic. He also tells us that in Portugal there are many activities practiced but Karate has a lot of practitioners, not only adults, there are many children also.
In an interview to channel RTP, Sensei Higaonna remembered that the discipline of martial arts is for life and that the objective is not to beat the opponent. To our great Master the biggest opponent is ourselves and the aim is to improve our weaknesses.
The XXVII Europena Gasshuku was an opportunity to strengthen physical and mental health of all participants from 4 to 83 years.