Here are some fantastic photos from this year's Kagami Biraki (New Year Celebration)
From: Hanshi Nick Florian
Chairman, Hachi-O-Kai World Budo Federation
Congratulations to Kancho Takemasa Okuyama, who has been awarded the rank of 10th Dan
by the following organizations, worldwide:
European Budo Association
President: Tomas Piotrokowicz, 8th Dan
Headquarters: Warsaw, Poland
Global Martial Arts Association
President: Ziko G. Becanovic, 9th Dan
Headquarters: Vienna, Austria
Russian Academy of Karate-Do Shotokan
President: Dr. Nikolai Nemchinov, 8th Dan
Headquarters: Moscow, Russia
WUKKO World Uechi Ryu Karate-Do
President: Gustavo Gondra, 9th Dan
Headquarters: Buenos Aires, Argentina
International Kapap Association
Israeli Karate Association
President: Moshe H Galisko, 8th Dan
Headquarters: Be'er Sheva, Israel
This year, Kancho Okuyama delivered seminars in Russia (April), and Poland (May), after which he was presented a 10th Dan certificate. This elite rank comes to him after an illustrious karate career in which he has taught his art on 5 continents. His “Karate is Harmony of the Universe” approach has given countless Karate-ka the inspiration to pursue Karate-do as a lifetime activity. He has given seminars to military and police personnel, and taught all age groups at his dojo.
Emphasis on natural, everyday human movement as well as sources of power (e.g., gravity, weather elements) are key elements of Kancho’s teaching method. All these elements join in harmony when training Karate-do. Kancho deeply searches the meaning of each Kata’s name of which Shotokan Karate Founder, Gichin Funakoshi re-created like “Kankudai”, “Jion”, “Meikyo” and the many other Shotokan Katas. Kancho seeks the reason behind each name of the Kata to further develop the spirit of the Kata to teach for future generations.
Kancho pioneered a peacekeeping group of Israeli and Palestinian Karate-ka in Be’er Sheva, Israel, receiving a special award from that city’s mayor. Kancho Okuyama also received the Key from the City of Cali, Columbia.
Kancho's trip to Moscow, 2014
Kancho has been visiting Moscow, Russia for 12 years, 2 times a year!
This year Kancho just came back from his visit on April 25 - April 27.
Karate-ka from 4 years old to 67 years old attended his seminar. They trained 5 hours a day for 3 days.
ALL Kyu Belts, Black Belts which includes Children as well as all Sensei's, Shihans, Kyoshi and Hanshiwas in attendance.
In order for many of the Black Belt students in the Russian Organization to GRADE, they MUST attend the 15 hour seminar with Kancho and then do their Grading in front of Kancho. Therefore they WAIT every year for Kancho's visit.
Many people from Shodan to Godan (5th Dan) passed. They did Kata Hangetsu, Sochin, Nijushiho and Gangkaku.. Everybody was very serious and did a very heard training with a lot of discipline and respect.
Karate-ka from all over Russia including Leningrad and St. Petersburg as well as Siberia attended. Kancho's seminar assistant and sparring partner for demonstrations was a 36 years old Karate-ka, who was about 195 cm tall (6 foot 4 inches) and weighed 95 kg (210 llbs)!
Hashi Nikolay, the head of the Organization is also a Medical Doctor and is organizing very well. Kancho enjoyed his trip to Moscow very much!!
Now Moscow has many Sushi Restaurants and he was happy to eat a lot of Sushi. On the last Sunday of his visit, they took Kancho to a 4 Star Restaurant where the Owner is also a great supporter of Karate-do.
Special Thanks to:
Vladimir Diesperov (Colonel)
and a VERY SPECIAL thanks to Dimitry Yakovlev, whose hard work and dedication as well as communication is what brings Kancho to Moscow every year.
Kancho T. Okuyama in the middle.
Captain Hamid Nam and Sensei Robert Naud of Ottawa Shotokan Club.