Message from Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura – IOGKF World Chief Instructor
I hope everybody had a wonderful year. This year was a very special year for me as well as IOGKF. Higaonna Sensei retired from his position as the World Chief Instructor at the World Budosai, and appointed me as the new Chief Iinstructor for the next generation. I feel very honored and at the same time I realize that it is a big responsibility. I received many supporting messages from all over the world after my appointment. I can not explain in words how much your messages meant to me. I would like to thank you all for your trust and support in me. I will do my best to keep the tradition and pass it on to our next generation.
Looking back over this year, our main focus was the World Budosai in Okinawa. This event is the special event that is organized by IOGKF Okinawa every four years. It was a great success, and I thank all of the supporters from the IOGKF countries as well as IOGKF Okinawa for hosting such a great event.
In the next year, Higaonna Sensei is traveling to South America (Peru), North America (Canada), Europe (Italy), and Euro Asia (Russia). I encourage all members to attend these seminars. Please check the IOGKF website for more details.
Sometimes people say, "time flies". When you live your life without any objective, you feel that time just flies by and you are still the same as the year before. However if you live your life fully and work hard to achieve your goals, "time accumulates". Traditional Okinawan Goju-Ryu is a system which allows you to improve throughout your lifetime. Regardless of your age and physical ability, if you train properly you will improve your skill, spirit and body through out your entire life. At the end of the year, I hope that each of you feels that you are different from the year before.
I wish everybody to have a great holiday, and have a happy new year!
IOGKF World Chief Instructor