Miyagi Chojun Festival Event Preview
Nakamura Sensei, MCF 2013 host chief instructor, takes us through IOGKF Canada’s plans for this special event to be held in Niagara Falls...
By: Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura – IOGKF World Chief Instructor
Members of IOGKF Canada
are very excited to welcome Morio Higaonna Sensei and his friend
from Okinawa, Choko Kyuna Sensei (Shorin Ryu 10th dan), as well
as all of the guest instructors and IOGKF families from all over
the world. At the moment, we have confirmations from
participants in 12 countries: USA, Bermuda, Mexico, Dominican
Republic, Chile, Japan, Australia, England, Denmark, Belgium,
Netherlands and of course our own members in Canada. We also
have a lot of support from local government. The mayor of the
City of Niagara Falls will be at the event to welcome all
participants to Niagara Falls, and he even wants to wear a GI
and train with us! We have several local companies sponsoring
the event. The local dojo (Taki Dojo) has 250 IOGKF members and
they are helping to find local sponsors for the event.
Events hosted by IOGKF Canada are always unique. We believe that we must train hard on the floor, but once you are off the floor we have to have fun!! We are planning to have a lot of social events and fun stuff for everybody to enjoy their time in Niagara Falls.
Day 1 (Thursday May
On the first day in the morning, IOGKF Canada is hiring a fishing boat to take the guest instructors to Lake Ontario lake for a fishing party. I hope we can catch a big salmon for lunch!
Training starts at 3:00 pm, first with black belt training followed by All Grades training from 4:30 - 7:00 pm. There will be a welcome reception party at 9:00 pm where we will meet our friends and make new ones. We are planning to have some games so it will be a fun time for everybody.
Day 2 (Friday May
The day starts at 8:30 with the Sandan and above training session, followed by All Grades training from 9:30 to 1:30. In this session we will divide the group into classes by rank and the guest instructors will each teach a different class for every hour, so everybody will get a chance to train with different instructors. In the afternoon, there will be the open seminars. Sensei Linda Marchant is teaching "Women’s Karate" while Sensei Bobby Smith is teaching "Street Self-
Defense" from 4:00 - 5:30 pm. Kenzo Dozono Sensei (Shotokan 8th dan) is teaching Shotokan Karate, while Sifu Hung Teng Seng is teaching Chinese Martial Arts from 5:30 to 7:00. The Black Belt Grading is also scheduled from 3:00 - 5:30 pm on this day.
Day 3 (Saturday May
The day will start with the Yondan and above training session at 8:30, followed by the All Grades Training from 9:30 till 12:30. We will take group photos after the training. In the afternoon, Choko Kyuna Sensei will be teaching Shorinryu an open seminar from 2:00 - 3:30 pm, and Higaonna Sensei will be teaching an Goju-Ryu open seminar from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.
Sayonara Party & IOGKF Idol
We are planning to host the second IOGKF Idol Contest at MCF 2013. The first one was hosted in 2006 in Niagara Falls and Sensei Bakkies Laubscher won the title. We are expecting many talented people to come on the stage and make the night enjoyable. Who will be the 2nd IOGKF Idol?
Day 4 (Sunday May
Training will start with the Godan and above session, followed by the All Grades Training session from 9:30 till 12:30. Immediately following there will be the
Master's Demonstration from 12:30 - 1:30 pm, where all participants and their families will witness performances by some of the finest martial artists on the planet. This demonstration is open to the public.
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