Sunday, 2 April 2017

Italy Seminar 2017

Masaji Taira Sensei, the 9th dan chairman of the Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyukai, returned to Udine-Italy. Making this visit the 9th visit to Italy. The event was organized by Buttazzoni Andrea Sensei and the seminar was attended by 56 participants from Italy and  several parts of europe: France, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Swiss,

Karate Dojo Udine and Buttazzoni Andrea sensei thanks all, who taked part on the Seminar.

A special thanks to Kenkyukai Shibu's:
France - Nirina Rakotozafiminahy;
Hungary - László Kiss;
Switzerland - Hugo Cuneo;
Italy - Mattia Maritan and Massimiliano Andreani.


Saturday, March 25 was held the Dan grading. President of Commission Masaji TAIRA sensei. 

 
Have been promoted:
Shodan:
Laura CERONE
Yassin RKBI 
Vanni SNIDERO
Nidan: 

Gianpaolo GRENDENE
Sandan: 

Francesco REALE
Godan:

Andrea FELLUGA
 Rokudan: 
Hugo CUNEO

The best compliments to all examinees !!

New Shibo dojo status:
Taira sensei  has awarded shibu status for Spain to MIGUEL ANGEL MARTIN. Welcome to Kenkyu Kai family Miguel!!!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Goju-Ryu Kenkyukai Switzerland seminar

From 28th to 29th January at the invitation of Ugo Cuneo sensei, I gave a seminar in Kenkyukai  Switzerland dojo in Geneva.

First day I taught drills useful for Gekisai ichi and ni bunkai. The idea was to explain the principles of Taira sensei bunkai work, as I understood. How with the help of the drills implementing the techniques of the kata in the bunkai. From parts of the kata I taught drills then I explained how to put kata techniques on “open close change”, then I taught bunkai on each part of the kata to finally finish with basic renzoku bunkai.

For me it’s important to explain the principles to the student on the base of a kata they all know well. Then it’s possible to teach on other kata bunkai.

The main focus of the second day was to apply these principles with more drills on two kata Shisochin and Sanseru.

I must say that Ugo sensei students were well prepared for this seminar and it was easy and pleasant to teach theme.

Thank you very much to Hugo Cuneo sensei, his wife, his assistants and all his students for their welcome and kindness.

Pascal DUROUX

Monday, 17 October 2016

seminar in Geneva


From 23rd to 25th September we attended a kenkyukai seminar in Geneva (Switzerland) given by Sensei João Pedro Ramalho from Portugal.



The main focus of the seminar was to develop differents aspect of Gojuryu starting from the Seyushin kata and adding some kyusho (pressure points).


It was an amazing time with Sensei Ramalho. He shared his huge knowledge of Gojuryu with us and, using Taira Sensei's method in particular. The journey to discovering Gojuryu is always a pleasure with such a wise and talented person.

And once again if you are starting to lose faith in kata training or in karate, then it's the perfect moment to attend a Kenkyukai seminar!!!!!




Many thanks to Hugo Cuneo sensei for the organisation and availability.   



Emmanuel Calderon Alonso

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Paris Seminar 2016

From 20 to 22 of May Masaji Taira sensei lead the 5th seminar of Okinawa gojuryu kenkyukai in France.  Participants from around the world such as Lithiania, Belgium, italiy, United States, Venezuela, Spain, Switzerland, Japan, Madagascar attend this seminar. We want to say thanks to Taira sensei as usual because thanks to him, this seminar was technically very rich....  I want to say thanks also to all participants for their support... Big thanks also to my family (my wife and my daughter) for their involvement in this 5th French seminar. Thanks to all my student also because through their solidarity and friendship this seminar was a success in every sense.

Thanks again to all

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Italy Seminar 2016

Masaji Taira Sensei, the 9th dan chairman of the Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyukai, returned to Udine-Italy. Making this visit the 8th visit to Italy.

The event was organized by Buttazzoni Andrea Sensei and the seminar was attended by73 participants from several parts of europe and Israel.
Karate Dojo Udine and Buttazzoni Andrea sensei thanks all, who taked part on the Seminar.
A special thanks to Kenkyukai Shibu's:
France - Nirina Rakotozafiminahy;
Portugal - João Pedro Ramalho;
Hungary - László Kiss;
Switzerland - Hugo Cuneo;
Italy - Mattia Maritan and Massimiliano Andreani.

Saturday, April 9 was held the Dan grading. President of Commission Masaji TAIRA sensei. 
Have been promoted: Antonio Fardella, Fabio Riondato, Livio Licitra Giovina Pace , Marini Edoardo and Massimo Paderni, László Kiss.
The best compliments to all examinees !!

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Melbourne 2016

Melbourne was the 1st leg this year for Sensei’s Australian visit, before he headed off to the Gold Coast, Queensland.
Sensei’s seminar was once again filled with great Kihon, hidden messages, light bulb moments and “no clue” moments, all in all leaving us with a deeper understanding of his principles, which to me sounds like a typical Taira Sensei seminar.

Sensei found the venue used again this year, to be suitable and well-spaced out for our 38-40 students who attended on both the Saturday and the Sunday sessions. We had a large mix of Goju based students along with a few different styles, which was pleasing to see. People travelled from all parts of Australia, which was also pleasing to see.

Sensei seemed relaxed yet enthusiastic, keen to train and always willing to share. This is a special trait of Sensei’s and makes him who he is, which to a large part, is what keeps us all wanting to learn more from him.

In attendance, we also had the pleasure of Bryson Keenan Sensei, who made the visit back home to Oz to see family and train with old and new friends. Bryson Sensei always has great tips for one and all regardless of rank. He helped to keep everyone engaged and ensured that the first timers were able to grasp Sensei’s concepts. His quick one liners, whether it was during the seminar or after, always hit the mark. It was great to have him back home again for a short stay and his guidance over the asia pacific region is well received and appreciated.

At a special Friday night session, Sensei oversaw a grading of 5 of his Kenkyukai students, ranging from Nidan through to Godan. Sensei was happy with what he saw, but wants to ensure that there is good focus on distance (with use of mainly zenkutsu dachi rather than sanchin dachi), kime and good body posture.

Monday night was a class involving instructors along with their supporting Uke’s who run “affiliated Dojos” attached to my Dojo. There are currently 7 Dojos under this affiliated program. These Kenkyukai members are running great Goju Ryu Kenkyukai Dojos in line with Sensei’s methods, and one day hope to be Shibuchos in their own right.

During the session, Sensei provided us with a great break down and guidance of Kata (Gekisai through to Seiyunchin) and Kihon applications. It was reassuring to see that we are all on the right track, yet always with so much more to learn. I thank these affiliated Instructors for their continued support and zest for knowledge in our Kenkyukai.

Thanks again to all those that assisted me with Sensei’s visit and to Damien Martin Sensei for his support and ensuring that Taira Sensei comes out to Australia each year to conduct Melbourne/Gold Coast seminars. We can’t wait for 2017.


Pete Keogh Sensei
Shibucho Australia

Monday, 4 April 2016

Gold Coast 2016 Gasshuku

Masaji Taira Sensei, the 9th dan chairman of the Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyukai, returned to the Gold Coast for his 6th visit in as many years. Taira sensei has a dedicated group of students from a variety of dojo in Australia who study his method. 

The camp was organized by Damien Martin and Hannah Thornton, Taira Sensei’s Gold Coast representatives.

Students travelled from Indonesia, New Zealand and all over Australia to attend training with Taira sensei and to get together in friendship. There were 30 participants overall representing nine different dojo.

The camp was a ‘live in’ event with on site accommodation and several hours of training in both Goju Ryu and Kobudo.

The highlight for me was seeing the various members of the broad spectrum of dojos represented all getting together and training and supporting each other despite the huge differences in levels of understanding of Taira sensei’s material and methodology. There was definitely no sense of elitism, only a mutual desire to improve understanding and technique.

This seminar was different from Taira sensei’s previous visits because the central theme was linking the basics to the advanced kata applications, rather than focussing on the advanced kata applications. This conceptual linkage led do an ever increasing amount of those ‘eureka’ moments that come with training in kata and bunkai with Taira sensei.

Planning is already underway for next year.

Damien Martim