On the 6th of June 2009, the Academy organized what is hoped to be the first of many, Funakoshi Gichin O’Sensei Memorial Gassuku. The gassuku was hosted by the Academy’s new dojo SHOTO CENTRE JOHOR, it’s main dojo in the state of Johor.
Azlimmi Sensei invited long time friend and sempai, Ridzuan Md. Zain Sensei, 5th Dan of the Shotoshinkai, to lead the gassuku. Both both of them were former members of Kanazawa Sensei’s SKIF Malaysia affiliate, Kanazawa-Ryu Shotokan Karate Association (Kuala Lumpur).
The day long gassuku was divided into three sessions, each lasting a little over 1.5 hour. The first session focused on kihon, with Ridzuan sensei fine tuning the participants’ techniques. The second session saw Ridzuan sensei taking the participants through the steps Heian Nidan kata and was completed in the third session when he explained the bunkai to the kata.
Although the gassuku was easygoing without anybody experiencing any bruises, it was an important milestone for the Academy’s. It is hoped that the gassuku will be made into an annual event.
On the previous night, a grading session was also conducted attended by the Academy’s students from Melaka and Johor.
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