News: Okinawa Trip August 2009
In August this year, Shihan Dennis May and 16 members travelled to Okinawa to attend the World Traditional Karate Tournament and Masters' seminars, and also the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karatedo Kyokai seminar and memorial demonstrations.
Shihan May and his son Dylan travelled a week earlier to Tokyo where they visited Aragaki Shihan at the famous Yoyogi Dojo in Tokyo. Several of our members competed in the World tournament and Shihan May was a referee and judged many of the final matches. The following day after the World Tournament were the seminars conducted by the "Living Cultural Treasures" of Okinawa. Our members trained in the course conducted by Hanshi Koshin Iha 10th Dan Grandmaster and other senior masters of the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karatedo Kyokai (OGKK). During the evenings our team trained at the dojo of Kikugawa Hanshi 9th Dan. This was enjoyed by all as after each training a party was held in the dojo with Kikugawa Sensei's wife and family members demonstrating traditional Okinawan dance and the New Zealand members demonstrating the Haka. The final weekend was the 2-day seminar conducted by the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karatedo Kyokai and demonstrations by all the countries attending, and Masters of the Kyokai. Our team did lots of sightseeing and enjoyed a fantastic day visiting Tokashiki island and a day at the Expo park and the Okinawa aquarium.
Group photo with Iha Sensei (Grandmaster and Honorary Chairman)
BACK LINE (from left) : Andrew Tauber, Lisa Tauber, Sensei Aaron Barrett, Sensei Jason Sandford, Joseph Davey, Sensei Mal Riley,
FRONT LINE (from left) : Sensei Della Proffit, Amanda Tauber, Dylan May, Grandmaster Koshin Iha Sensei, Sensei Karen Davey, Sensei Karin Tempelhoff, Shihan Dennis May
Ka Mate! Ka Mate! Haka performed by Kikugawa Sensei and male students.
The NZ contingent going out for a meal