Japan Trip 2005
5th International Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Cup
As most of you would know eight of us travelled to the 5th International Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Cup held in Osaka, Japan from July 8 to July 11, 2005 and we are now back to tell the story!
It was a fantastic trip where we all had a great experience, met new people and learned more about Seito Shito-Ryu Karate-Do. Sadly, we did not get to meet Kenzo Mabuni Soke as he passed away on June 26, we attended a memorial service for him where we met his wife and daughter. His daughter has accepted the task of continuing the Mabuni name and is now the Soke of Seito Shito-Ryu Karate-Do.
We have plenty of photos and video from the trip which we will share with everyone through our web site, however, we won't be able to share it all at once but we will add photos and video when time permits, so please check back for updates!
Andrew Read did an excellent job in the Kumite and placed third which was an outstanding effort considering that it was his first tournament and that most of the competitors including overseas and Japanese had to qualify to compete. You can see a photo of Andrew and his medal below taken soon after he competed.
My son James and I both attempted a grading which was conducted by four Senior Shihans on a panel. After completing the requirements we has to wait until the Farewell Dinner to hear if we had been successful. The names were called out at a presentation ceremony on the last night and the certificates were given out by Mabuni Soke. I was happy to hear my name called out and to presented with my 4th Dan Menjo but I was even more proud to hear my sons name called out and watch him being presented with his Shodan Menjo (1st Dan) by Mabuni Soke. It was a great achievement to be graded by a panel of Japanese Shihans and to be promoted to the rank of Shodan at the age of 13.
We all took part in the competition and gained some valuable experience, the biggest learning curve would have to have been when Leslie Markey agreed to compete in the Black Belt Division after being told that her division had been cancelled!! To her credit, Leslie had a go and manage to score two points in her round (you only need three points to win!).
Group Photo taken after the competition
In four years time, the Taikai (tournament) will be held in Osaka again, so if you are interested in being part of the Australian contingent in 2009 please mention it to Sensei and we will start planning and training for our next trip!
More photos will be put up on the web page in the eGallery on our web page so keep checking back. Some short video clips will also be made available for everyone to see soon.