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Message from Kancho T. Okuyama
Uechi-Ryu World Cup 2016 Colombia
Hanshi Gustavo Gondra organized a very strong and energetic tournament. There was peace and unity among everyone participating.
Many different styles of Karate were present: Shotokan, Goju-ryu, Shito-ryu, Uechi-ryu, Kyoskushi-kai – to see all these styles gather together and train was marvelous.
The Karate seminars were great. There was a seminar by Kyoshi Horacio Machado, he is an 8th Dan Shuto-ryu Master and he did Kata Seinenchin. It was wonderful as we see the short defense of Shuto-ryu.
Hanshi Gondra did an incredible Uechi-ryu Kata Seminar as well as Kobudo.
I, myself did a seminar on Kata Meikyo, Hein Nidan and combat.
All the seminars were very well received and a great success.
I was very happy to see Master Eduardo Caicedo from Colombia who supported Hanshi Gondra a lot during this World Cup. His son Nicolas participated in this World Cup in Colombia and then went straight to Japan after to compete again. I remember holding him when he was just one year old and now to see him grow up so well and demonstrating great strength in Karate, made I am very proud. As well, Master Eduardo’s first son Fernando is now a special and strong trainer for the Martial Arts. And Eduardo’s youngest son is only 2 years old, I hope to see him in 20 years and what kind of Karate-ka he will be J
Also Hanshi Gondra’s 2nd Son, Nicolas Condra Monroy, who is 24 years old and is a many times champion. I remember when he was 7 years old and he showed me Uechi-ryu Sanchi Kata, now he is a great Champion.
The team from Poland did very well and it was amazing to see them there with lots of spirit. Unfortunately Poland’s champion Michal Piotrkowicz (son of Hanshi Thomas Piotrkowicz) could not be there because of an injury. We missed him very much.
I was also very happy to see the Former Mayor of Cali Colombia, Richardo Cobo When he was Mayor of the City of Cali, he presented me with the Key to the City which was such a great honour. He supports the Martial Arts very much.
In this world, we need education and special Martial Arts Education to promote strength, peace and unity.
Kancho T. Okuyama
Here are some fantastic photos from this year's Kagami Biraki (New Year Celebration)
Kancho T. Okuyama in the middle.
Captain Hamid Nam and Sensei Robert Naud of Ottawa Shotokan Club.
The philosophy behind Okuyama Karate