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Der Winterkurs der Wado Academy fand auch dieses Jahr im Spectrum Leisure Centre complex in Guildford statt. Die Großveranstaltung mit 240 Teilnehmern aus aller Welt ging über 5 Tage. Unter Anleitung des Großmeisters H. Otsuka III. sowie des Chief Instructor M. Shiomitsu 9 th Dan Hanshi wurde Spitzenkarate gelehrt. Unsere Teilnehmer Josef Summerer, Tina Schmid und Sybille Lehner brachten viele Eindrücke und diesen Bericht aus Guildford mit.
Originalbericht der Wado-Ryu Karate-do Academy.
WADO-RYU KARATE-DO ACADEMY
Winter Course Report
R. Howells MBE
M.Shiomitsu 9 th Dan Hanshi
The Spectrum Leisure Centre complex in Guildford was again the venue for this year’s winter course. Also, this year marked the biennial visit to the UK of the third Grand Master of Wado-Ryu Karate-Do, H. Otsuka III. During the course he was ably assisted in his instruction by the Assistant Chief Instructor of the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy: A Meek 8 th Dan Renshi, Tran Hieu Minh 7 th Dan Renshi and P Hill 7 th Dan Sensei. Over 240 students took part in training over the 5 days with individuals coming from: England, Scotland, Wales, Australia , Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal, Finland, Hungary, Belgium and The Netherlands.
Each day the lessons began with a period of Mokuso followed by a two hour session from the Grand Master on the fundamental principles of Wado-Ryu. He emphasised the importance of using the deep internal muscles of the body in harmony to create the correct posture and effect. The reliance on external muscles was to be avoided and one should try to focus on what is necessary to achieve the most efficient and effective movement. He stressed the need to be aware of one’s own body and the practicality of engaging the core muscles and the need to train hard to make this a natural response to the technique being employed. Only by continuous active practice in these techniques could a student ensure that the core muscles are engaged at the right time and in the right way.
In trying to illustrate this the Grand Master broke down basic techniques, such as: Junzuki, Gyakuzuki, Gyakuzuki no Tsukkomi, Tobikomizuki and Nagashizuki demonstrating how muscle groups are to be engaged in the delivery of these techniques. He also introduced new pair work to course students: Ura no Kumite ni Ju Yohon. There are 24 of these techniques taken from the writings of the original Grand Master and which the third Grand Master was keen to introduce to the Wado family.
The Third Grand Master of Wado-Ryu Karate-Do H. Otsuka III
The second session of the day was then broken down into 4 groups with our Assistant Chief Instructor A. Meek Sensei teaching the Dan grade syllabus to those who aspired to take a Dan grading either on this course or in the future. The Grand Master took third Dans and above in more fundamental study of Wado-Ryu techniques, while Tran Hieu Minh Sensei took the remaining black belts and P. Hill Sensei took the Kyu grades.
Assistant Chief Instructor of the Wado Academy A. Meek 8 th Dan Renshi
Also, on the first day our Chief Instructor M. Shiomitsu 9 th Dan Hanshi visited the course and presented Dan grade certificates and honorary titles to the following individuals:
A Meek 8 th Dan – Budo Juku, UK
O Rossen 5 th Dan – Germany
M Stengel 4 th Dan – Germany
T Knöbl 4 th Dan – Germany
K Túsz 3 rd Dan – Hungary
I Csiki 2 nd Dan – Hungary
M Blegeberg 1st Dan - Norway
V Cecchet 3rd Dan - Italy
K Cleaver 1 st Dan – Ren Bu Kan (Wiltshire), UK
E Eriksson 1 st Dan – Sweden
P Hemming 1 st Dan – Chubu, UK
T S Johansen 1st Dan - Norway
M Kristiansen 1 st Dan – Norway
S McPake 1st Dan - DWR, UK
C Meek 1 st Dan – Budo Juku, UK
R Vickerman 6 th Dan Renshi – Chubu, UK
G Tuckey 6 th Dan Renshi – Coventry, UK
P Bellanova 4 th Dan Shido-In – Switzerland
The instruction for the next three days of the course followed a similar pattern to the first, with Dan grading instruction also being taken by P. Hill Sensei, Kyu grade instruction by Tran Hieu Minh Sensei and the remaining Dan grades being taught by A. Meek Sensei. However, in addition to this, our Assistant Chief Instructor thanked the senior overseas instructors present on the course for all their efforts in looking after the Wado Academy’s interests abroad and there was an international instructors’, country representatives’ and heads of associations meeting as well. On Day 4 for UK based instructors, there was a brief on the Wado Academy’s child protection and safe guarding policies by Gillian MacKenzie DWR, the Wado Academy’s child protection and safeguarding officer and this was supplemented by pointers from Corin Pegden Sensei.
P. Hill 7 th Dan Sensei
On the last day the Dan grading was held with students taking his or her Dan grade. The Dan grade panel consisted of: H. Otsuka III Grand Master Wado-Ryu, A. Meek 8 th Dan Renshi; N. Quillam 7 th Dan Renshi; Tran Hieu Minh 7 th Dan Renshi; P. Hill 7 th Dan Sensei and R. Howells MBE 7 th Dan, Sensei. Twelve students took their Dan grading and the following were successful at the grading and are to be congratulated on his or her achievement.
First DanL Casagrande – Italy
K Lalla - Germany
M Preece – DWR, UK
J Stangova – Ohku Kai, UK
D Valli – France
Fifth Dan E Biais – France
J Pousset – France