Fortune’s favour is fickle, they say. This year Shotokan Masterclass (SMC2011) programme didn’t quiet turn out as we planned.
But everything turned out for the best.
At the SMC2011, we had seven guests from Australia, six from the Avon Valley Shotokan Karate (Perth) Australia and one from Goshin-ryu Sydney, training alongside our members, and exchanging ideas. We thank Ken Bainbridge sensei (4th Dan), Helen Bainbridge sensei (3rd Dan), Russell Johnson (2nd Dan), Samantha Douglas (2nd Dan), Jordan Turnoch (1st Dan), Andrew Ledge (6th Kyu) & Leo Pintos (2nd Dan) for sharing the your time with us.
From the 2nd of July to the 3rd of the July, the training commenced. The sessions we taken in turn by Azlimmi sensei, Ken Sensei & Helen Sensei, each injecting his/her experience and understanding of shotokan karate into the training sessions.
On the evening of July 3rd, a kyu grading session was conducted for SKA members. 14 SKA members who attended the SCM2011 sat (though there wasn’t much sitting done) for their respective level grading. Ken & Helen sensei graciously accepted the invitation to sit in as guest examiners, and expressed their satisfaction at the level of karate the students showed. The results of the grading are as follows:
1. Batrisyia Iman Himzal (SKA Honbu)
1. Resi Nopiyanti bt. Joni (SKA Pasir Gudang)
2. Megat Amirul Syahmi b. Megat Razman Syah (SKA Honbu)
1. Aliff Daniel b. Khalid (SKA Pasir Gudang)
2. Megat Amirul Sufi b. Megat Razman Syah (SKA Honbu)
3. Reksi Hidayat b. Joni (SKA Pasir Gudang)
1. Hadirah Dania Himzal (SKA Honbu)
2. Amira Syahira bt. Mesli (SKA Pasir Gudang)
3. A’rash Amanie b. Khalid (SKA Pasir Gudang)
4. Julita Aisyah bt. Khalid (SKA Pasir Gudang)
1. Faiz Asraf b. Saparudin (SKA Honbu)
2. Muhd. Darunnafis b. Abd. Halip (SKA Pasir Gudang)
3. Muhd. Izzudin b. Mohd. Effendi (SKA Pasir Gudang)
1. Yugesh a/l Raj Babu
We congratulate the students on passing the grading.
On the 4th of July, the visitors (Australians) were taken to the Kota Tinggi Waterfalls for some R&R by Azlimmi sensei & family accompanied by Bro. Asmadi Ahmad (SKA Singapore Shibu-cho) & family and Bro. Faiz Asraf. We were treated to some very delicious munchies made by Sister Azrinah Abu Basri (herself a brown belt in Shito-ryu… once upon a time) and had a great time just fooling around for the day. The highlight (for yours truly) was a recording of Ken sensei performing the Tensho-no-kata at the waterfalls…. precious. The video can be watched on Azlimmi’s sensei videocam 🙂 on request. After spending the day at the waterfalls, the group headed back just in time to get some rest before getting ready for the 8.30pm class at the dojo. Again, Ken & Helen sensei with Sammie senpai attended the training and got to meet other SKA members who didn’t make it for the SMC2011.
photos by Faiz Asraf
Overall, it was a memorable experience. Once again we thank Ken & Helen sensei and their team for sharing this wonderfl time with us.
The following are photos of the SMC2011 by Faiz Asraf on facebook: