Senseis Elias and Lilian Kattan share a few laughs with Senseis Dennis May, Pieter Harms and his wife Ria, WGKF President Humberto de Oliviera and Sensei Tareq Ayyoub during formalities at the start of the historical first World Goju Ryu Karate Federation Championships in Casais ~ Portugal.
During the past two weeks dojos have undergone their year end gashukus, gradings and socials in Durbanville, Brackenfell, Kraaifontein, Vredendal, van Rynsdorp, Klawer, Hermanus, Langebaan, George, Stillbay, Oudtshoorn and Sedgefield
11 November saw the first official KSA Coaching workshop in Cape Town, attended by Senseis Elias Kattan and Cisna Mostert. They will lead the way with further training in 2011 and other OGKK seniors will join in as well. This initiative is SASCOC driven in order to elevate the status of and formalise future criteria for coaches and instructors.
The past 3 weekends have been jam packed with Regional Gashukus, Gradings, Awards Functions and a Tournament. On 23, 29 and 30 October senior Brown Belt and Dan tests took place as well as a junior gashuku in George. Congratulations to those SURVIVORS.
On Thursday the Boland based OGKK members of the RSA Goju Ryu team to Portugal wrapped up Kumite preparations with Coach, Sensei Günther Appelgryn. Sensei Günther will not accompany us to Portugal, but he was thanked for his input by receiving an Official's Tracksuit. All plans are in place ~ the team is ready....TWO WEEKS TO GO!