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The Okikukai European Seminar was completed with success on Sunday, 18th of September (see the announcement on our previous post). The seminar was organized by Uechi-Ryu Great Britain in Oxford, under the guidance of its current chairman Pappas Mick Sensei (7 Dan, Kyoshi). Three great Okinawan masters led the sessions, namely Nakahodo Tsutomu Sensei (10 Dan, Hanshi), Okuhama Shinmatsu Sensei (9 Dan, Hanshi) and Yamashiro Hirokuni Sensei (8 Dan, Kyoshi). The three high-ranked instructors were escorted by the Okinawan karate champion, Kushi Yoshino (2 Dan), a student of Yamashiro Sensei. 

okikukai uk seminar 9okikukai uk seminar 10The seminar took place in the facilities of Rosehill Community Centre and was divided into 8 training sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, starting on Thursday the 15th up to Sunday the 18th of September 2016. Okinawan masters had the chance to experience the local hospitality and visited many wonderful sights. They even had the chance to visit and dine at Christ Church main hall (maybe the most prestigious college in the world), aka the Harry Potter Restaurant, the very same room where many of the scenes of the famous cinema series Harry Potter were shot.

A Dan grading was held after Sunday's morning training, in which several practitioners were successfully promoted to their new ranks after a demanding and challenging process. McNally Steve Sensei of Uechi-Ryu Liverpool Dojo and  Dally Terry Sensei of East London Karate Club  were promoted to the level of 7 Dan - Kyoshi. These promotions came as a result of many decades of dedication, and, continuous training and contribution to the art of Uechi-Ryu Karate. Furthermore, two younger practitioners, Cheeseman Georgina and Wilson Mabel were promoted to the levels of 3 Dan and Junior Shodan respectively.

The seminar was completed, as always, with a wonderful sayonara party in one of the finest restaurants in Oxford area!

okikukai uk seminar 13UechiRyu.eu salutes the wonderful event and congratulates Uechi-Ryu GB Association on taking this great responsibility to organize and bring all these great masters and the knowledge they carry, straight from Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate.

 

 

 

hess trip germany 1Peggy (Marguerite) Hess Sensei (7 Dan, Kyoshi) is on a trip around Europe these days, meeting again with old friends, leading the training sessions in various Dojos and sharing her knowledge with Uechi-Ryu enthusiasts of all ages! Hess Sensei firstly visited England, where Mick Pappas Sensei escorted her in various Dojo and offered her wonderful sightseeing tours. These days Hess Sensei is visiting Germany, where she has many friends as well. Hess Sensei is very active organizing Karate events around the world and was one of the frequent visitors, along with other American and Okinawan instructors, in the seminars organized in Germany during the late 90's and early 2000's. Next stop: France! Great things are about to happen there too... After the trip in France, Mick Pappas Sensei invited Hess Sensei to join him on his annual trip to his fatherland, Greece. Peggy Sensei couldn't resist the beauty of Greek seas in the summer and said yes! Sensei Steve McNally from Liverpool joined the team in Athens, and the three instructors drove to Volos, where they had the chance to practice with the local Uechi-Ryu practitioners. 

More info about Peggy Hess Sensei can be found here.

 


Pictures from the visit in the UK: 

Photos from the visit in Germany:

Photos from the visit in Greece:

 

image2A 4-day seminar was organised in Ukraine this week. Okikukai Ukraine and its head instructors, Oleg Bilonogyi Sensei (Shidoin, 3 Dan) and Ruslan Afanasiev Sensei (Shidoin, 3 Dan) offered their students a unique chance to train under Vladimir Popovic Sensei (Kyoshi, 7 Dan) between the 11th and the 14th of August in Kiev. Italian students also joined the event. Practitioners received many technical corrections, suggestions and feedback to improve their Uechi-Ryu skills. Everybody loved the event and looking forward to the next meeting. 

 

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zililoli fik 2016 1Italian Karate Federation (F.I.K.) is organizing the 9th National Stage of Karate this September. The event will take place in Caorle (Venice) and will last from 30th of September up to the 2nd of October 2016. Fulvio Zilioli Sensei, Okikukai - Uechi-Ryu representative in Italy, will participate in the event demonstrating Uechi-Ryu Karate principles to all interested participants. This seminar is free and open to all, irrelevant of previous Karate experience. 

More info can be found here: http://www.federkarate.it/?q=node/1065

 

moulas seminar germany 1A seminar with Arthur Moulas Sensei (Hanshi, 9 Dan), head instructor of Okinawa Uechi Ryu Karate Do Kyokai Australia, is organized this September. Thomas Podzelny Sensei (Shihan, 5 Dan), head instructor of Ki-Shin-Tai Dojo (Erlangen, Germany), is in charge of the organization of the event. The training sessions will take place in Ki-Shin-Tai Dojo from 2nd to 4th of September 2016. Several happenings will be held during the seminar day and Podzelny Sensei will offer free accommodation to the participants in his dojo (which we find super-cool! :D ). The number of participants is limited to 20, and priority will be given to the participants who plan to attend the whole seminar. Registrations have already started! We wish all the best to Podzelny Sensei on this awesome event!!!

Important Info
Date: 2 ~ 4 September 2016
Venue: Ki-Shin-Tai Dojo, Erlangen, Germany (click here for Dojo address and details)
Ki-Shin-Tai Dojo Website 

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Tel.: +49 177 7755117
E-mail: info[at]ki-shin-tai.de

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