Thursday 4 July 2024

New Jersey - June 2024

 Well, that was a different seminar. For personal reasons Taira sensei had to cancel coming to the seminar. Some of the international participants were already here or were in the air. So  there was no thought of  not running the seminar.

Of course the first thing Sensei Kapel thought of was the participants. So  he determined a suitable refund for those that were still to attend,  and notified all the participants. Very few decided not to come, indicating that they would get much value from the seniors that were to attend and teach, and to support  Mark. Those that did not come missed out on important interactions and training.

International Okinawa Gojuryu Kenkyukai seniors that arrived and taught were Ken Erridge Hanshi, Kyoshi Glenn Cunningham, Mark Kapel, Brian Loterbauer, and Brendan Murray, and Cesar Camara Martin Sensei .

There were three formal session days. There were a few pre-session days with the visitors. There was a concentration on kihon and kata. There were supporting bunkai sessions but this was an opportunity to get everyone on the same page. With the  vast geographic separation of the teachers it was gratifying to see how close we all are while recognising we all have different skills sets and origin stories.

Socially it was rewarding. The event centred around Sensei Kapel's house and his beautiful dojo. Everything worked well for all the attendees. Mark is well supported by his delightful wife Illyce, a great dojo team and a pack of dogs that interacted with everyone.

We did have a dinner out of Jersey Shore. A  beautiful location and I had never been there before. 

It was a great seminar. It wasn't a  Taira sensei seminar but I believe everyone got at least as much from this one as they might have from Sensei. Though there were possibly fewer brain overloads.    

It was an intense series of classes, it was pretty physical especially compared to a Taira sensei seminar,  and I'm glad I came.

I was bit surprised by one set of comments. People said "I didn't know we had a web page", or "are we on Facebook?". Given  I try to keep all the information on this page current, especially the seminar list, I am not sure how to keep people up to date.

Brendan Murray. New Zealand.

Thursday 9 May 2024

From Paris


Nirina Sensei said this on Facebook:
Last weekend, it was the 10th Taira Masaji seminar in France. 
We had a great time enjoying the practice of Gojuryu karate. Taira sensei himself never stop improving his Gojuryu kata and kobudo analysis.
Like always, it was with kindness and generosity that he shared with us his knowledge.
I would like to say infinitely thanks to Taira Masaji sensei for everything he has given us and everything he represents.
Also thank you to all international Kenkyukai family who came attending the seminar. We really have spent a wonderful time together. Thank you!!!
All my congratulations for all who passed Dan examination!! Bravo!
Finally, big thanks also to all members of Kenkyukai France for the all organization around this seminar!! Banzaiii!!!


Tuesday 30 April 2024

Wednesday 27 March 2024

Tuesday 26 March 2024

Tairabunkai Fundamentals - Geel 26-28 April

"The essence and principles of Tairabunkai Basic partner drills"
Aivaras Engelaitis Sensei will be teaching Tairabunkai Basics and Kobudo principles
Where: Belgium, Geel Dojo
Date: 26-28 April, 2024
Info & registration: Please contact Sensei Danny Voordeckers or Sensei Aivaras Engelaitis

Monday 4 March 2024

New Jersey



Mountain Martial Arts is proud to host The Okinawa GoJu Ryu Kenkyukai Gasshuku 2024 with Masaji Taira Sensei, 9th Dan Chairman of the Okinawa Gojuryu Kenkyukai. This year, we will have the founding members of the Okinawa Gojuryu Kenkyukai assisting in our seminar as well as teaching special classes on Wed 26th, Thurs, 27th. Email for info/reg.