68 candidates attended JKA Kyu Grading Tests in Burdwan Town headed by Bidyuddipto Chakraborty Sensei, 2nd Dan JKA conducted by JKAWF INDIA Kolkata.
A 7 member “JKAWF INDIA Kolkata Team” attending “JKA 16th Asia-Oceania Karate Camp & Conference 2019” in Bangkok. The camp has started on 6th of December and will last till 8th December.
There were 2 sessions of “Instructor’s Training” and each session were for a couple of hours. The main course instructor was TATSUYA NAKA Shihan who covered many aspects of “Body Dynamics” viz. Body Shifting, Body Lifting, Body Dropping, Body Compression, Body Expansion etc. He also explained the 5 Triangles in a karate posture that helps generating maximum focus, stability and energy. ‘Proper way of Breathing’ of each of every move in Kata, that is also very effective in Kumite was one of the fundamental themes of the day.Naka Shihan explained the importance of Posture, Power, Spirit and Breathing in JKA Budo Karate-Do. Overall both the classes were totally educational and highly intellectually stimulating.
Four JKA Shotokan Kata were covered; Kata Tekki Sandan, Gankaku, Hangetsu and Jitte.
The JKAWF INDIA Kolkata would like to thank Fujikiyo Omura Shihan for hosting such wonderful events annually, for the invitation and for being such a wonderful host.All members of JKAWF INDIA Kolkata trained on the first day gave their best and enjoying at the fullest training hard-core JKA Karate.Here are a few randomly clicked snaps.
JKAWF INDIA Team performed not so bad considering this was the first JKA International event for them in abroad.
At the “Girls 9 Years Individual Kata” Final, MADHUSMITA SINGHA scored 34.5 jointly with the Japanese girl (who got the same score) to get the 4th place. She missed the Bronze as they awarded only Gold, Silver and one Bronze (not joint 3rd). Little Madhusmita of New Barrackpore broke into tears as she expected joint 3rd place / Bronze (as in Indian events). In her category all the medals were won by the Japanese kids.
ADRITA BISWAS of Bhatpara, North 24 Pgs got 6th place in Girls 12 Years Individual Kata. She did KANKU DAI in the Final that got her a total score of 35.3. All three medal winners in this category were Japanese too.
TANISQ BANIK of Jadavpur, Kolkata lost against Kurokawa Toa of Japan in Boys 11 Years Individual Kata. He defeated Tath Sato of Thailand in Kumite but lost against Iino Yuki of Japan in the 2nd Semi-finals.
We congratulate both the Team Coaches Puneet Bhattacharya Sensei and Arindam Sikdar Sensei for their constant guidance to the kids. Thanks to team support staffs Binod Kumar Gond Sensei, Atanu Biswas and Biswajit Singha too. Last but not the least heartfelt thanks to Somnath Palchowdhury Sensei for showing the way.
Thank you all the well wishers for supporting the team.
1 May 2019:
The “JKAWF INDIA Kolkata” welcomed Fujikiyo Omura Shihan 8th Dan, Director of JKA Asia-Oceania Federation in “2019 JKA Kolkata Goodwill Karate Camp and Championship” in a grand manner on 1 May at the Space Circle Club, Kolkata.
Omura Shihan is welcomed by the parents dressed in traditional Indian attire at the Space Circle Club throwing red rose and yellow petals as he walked down the aisle and climbed the stairs. Tradition says that these petals are thrown to ward off evil spirits that may lurk below the aisle underground and the yellow petals will ensure faithfulness in relationship. It was Omura Shihan’s 66th birthday and therefore everyone wishing him for a long healthy life as he’s passing by their side. Omura Shihan then blewed the candle and sliced a huge three tired cake weighed 10kgs while over 500 JKA members from West Bengal, Assam, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala; and over 300 parents sang “Happy Birthday…” for him. All the participants were wearing a “Omura Musk” as an indication of their desire to become like Omura Shihan one day that made Shihan laugh and happy.
1 May was also the auspicious beginning of Japanese new era “Reiwa” that the members celebrated in the presence of the Chief Guest of the day, his Excellency Mr. Masayuki Taga, Honourable Consul General of Japan in Kolkata who latter attended dinner in a famous Japanese restaurant of the city along with the senior instructors of JKAWF INDIA Kolkata and Omura Shihan celebrating this special day.
Both Mr. Taga and Omura Shihan have handed over the most prestigious JKA DAN Diplomas up to 4th Dan and Technical Licenses up to Instructor C & Judge C to the candidates that passed under Shiina Shihan last January.
A spectacular demonstration of ‘Enbu” and “Tamashiwari”, board breaking was staged by Somnath Palchowdhury Sensei.
The technical focus of the day was kihon waza and kata heian nidan for kyu grades in two sessions; one and half hour each session. The main emphasise of the teaching was given to the use of hips that connects leg muscles with the upper body to generate maximum power (kime) in minimum effort. This fundamental aspect of JKA karate thereafter became the “theme” of the whole three day gasshuku.
2 May 2019:
The 2nd day of the event was scheduled for Instructors’ Training to standardise the technical aspects of JKA karate for the shidoin of the organisation. 52 instructors took part on the day where Omura Shihan had covered various kihon waza, kihon ippon kumite and kata… where the theme was to connect lower part of the body with the upper part and to accelerate power (kime) from ground through the limbs as technique (waza) by correct hip twisting. Kata Heian Shodan to Heian Godan and Tekki Shodan were covered. As the organisation is already grown big in pan India level, Shihan emphasise the important role of the instructors for long term development; step by step. The training was divided in to two sessions; 12 noon to 2 pm and then 3 pm to 5 pm.
3 May 2019:
The 3rd day was scheduled for continuation of Instructors’ Training where a few brown and black belts joined those who were not instructors but were specially selected to attend. Omura Shihan took the group through Bassai-Dai, Kanku-Dai and Jiion at the first session. The second session was for JKA Judges’ Seminar conducted by Fujikiyo Omura Shihan and assisted by Somnath Palchowdhury Sensei. All the participants have gone through the judge’s signals and thereafter referee’s signals and commands. It’s then time for testing their ability to implement that they have learned on mat in mock kata and kumite match situation.
The trainees felt much confident at the end of the session and seemed prepared to handle the next two days of goodwill championship.
4 May 2019:
The 4th day was the first day of two days goodwill championships and the first day were scheduled for “Kohai” Junior Championship (for Ungraded to 4th Kyu). Apart from the usual Individual Kata, Individual Kumite that includes Kihon Ippon Kumite an innovative event has been introduced “Kihon Contest” 基本試合。
It has been noticed that excessive drive for tournaments has seriously affected the growth of young karateka since their training orientation has completely shifted from Budo to Sports. In the process, the biggest casualty is the “grammar of traditional karate” that is fundamentals or kihon. To encourage young karateka improve in their fundamentals, “Kihon Contest” is being introduced with prior intimation to the JKA HQ.
In this type of contest two contestants, Aka and Shiro performed together a set of pre-determined basic techniques in front of 5 judges who decided the winner by flag system. Contestants from 10th kyu to 6th kyu had to perform step forward 4 x Oi Zuki Jodan & step back 4 x Age Uke; step forward 4 x Oi Zuki Chudan & step back 4 x Soto Uke; step forward 4 x Mae Geri & step back 4 x Gedan-barai Uke. Contestants from 5th kyu to 4th kyu had to perform step forward 4 x Sanbon Zuki & step back 4 x Age Uke – Gyaku Zuki; step forward 4 x Yoko Geri Kekome Chudan & step back 4 x Soto Uke – Gyaku Zuki; step forward 4 x Mawashi Geri & step back 4 x Uchi Uke – Gyaku Zuki.
This event attracted the maximum numbers of participants and appreciated by everyone present that include veteran instructors of JKAI in the state of West Bengal while Omura Shihan watched with great interest.
5 May 2019:
The 5th day was the second day of two days goodwill championships and this second day was scheduled for the seniors. The events include Individual Kata, Individual Kumite and Team Kata for both men and women. The championship witnessed some well fought heated fights and nice kata that displayed good form, kime, rhythm and great attitude. The JKA Kolkata goodwill championship that attended by over 300 participants concluded successfully with no major injury, hard work of the officials and support staffs and fare judgements done by JKAWF INDIA Kolkata licensed and trainee judges and JKAI seniors of West Bengal with great camaraderie.
The JKAWF INDIA Kolkata wishes to thank the JKA Headquarters for their approval and support for this event and Omura Shihan for his visit and teaching, so patiently.
The first trial class commenced today at beautiful “JKAWF INDIA Kolkata” new HQ Dojo in Kolkata, near Rabindra Sadan Metro Station.All black belts are welcome (subject to a few minor formalities) to train in our Monday afternoon class and Dojo Instructors are welcome in our Instructor’s Class on last Thursday of every month.
Special Class for any Dojo Squad can be arranged with prior appointment.
Salient Features:Area – 1600 sft area that includes Parent’s Waiting Area, Office, Dojo Hall, Separate Changing / Wash Room / Shower for Men and Women.
Dojo Hall – State of the art Fully Mirrored, Air-conditioned, Suspended – Double Rafter – European White Oak – Sprung Floors to guarantee minimum impact and maximum benefit for your body during karate activity.
“The new JKA Kolkata Honbu Dojo is for all members to come, learn and re-learn the deeper meanings of the art and science of JKA Karate-Do.” ~ Somnath Palchowdhury
_In “JKAWF INDIA Kolkata” we are committed to provide you the best service, always._
The first day of JKA Bangalore Dojo Keiko went well with about 26 students attending the two sessions training hard with Somnath Palchowdhury Sensei. The highlights of the training were the fundamentals of JKA Karate, TachiWaza, Correct Form and Footwork, KihonWaza involving various drills, GohonKumite and its principles. The involvement of the parents in smooth running of the event needs special mentioning.The warm hospitality of the host instructor Rajarshi Ray was exceptional.
Today Somnath Sensei covered ido-kihon that are required for up to 7th kyu level, pushed the students for correct stepping while moving in various direction, Kata: Taikyoku-Shodan and Heian-Shodan and Gohon-Kumite. Sensei stressed on developing correct attitude and spirit that is expected while training Gohon-Kumite. Sensei spent a good half an hour time teaching the students the correct way and protocol while entering and leaving the dojo, the correct way to do Seiza, the correct and different ways of standing Rei (bow) and the reasons behind these.
Sensei surprised all present with a brief Tamashiwari demonstration by breaking wooden blocks that created great excitement amongst all present.
There were many parents and grand parents were present as it’s Sunday and have expressed their high satisfaction towards the two days keiko.
It’s time for grand Sayonara Party hosted by JKA Bangalore – A unit of JKAWF INDIA Kolkata.
Few of the randomly clicked photos of the 2nd day of “2019 JKA INDO-BANGLA WINTER CAMP” in Kolkata, India.
Sum 300 members participated from Coochbihar, Jalpaiguri, Burdwan, Nadia, Hooghly, Howrah, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas and Kolkata inspite of the uncertainty of transportation in Kolkata and districts due to a political rally and meeting scheduled today. Thank you to the dojo instructors and about 250 parents that were present today supporting and inspiring all.
The program started at sharp 12noon today with the presence of Mr. Masayuki Taga, Hon’ble Consul General of Japan in Kolkata as the Chief Guest. Mr. Taga has highlighted the introduction of Japanese martial arts in India by Rabindranath Tagore that introduced “Jujutsu” in Shantiniketan by Japanese teacher Mr. Takagaki. He has highly appreciated the JKAWF INDIA Kolkata for constant focus of the organisation on the traditional martial arts (Budo) aspect of Japanese Karate-Do and culture through regular training and continued teachings by Japanese guest karate teachers in Kolkata. He advised the students to visit Japan the epicentre of karate and experience learning from the source.
To handle the big number of participation today Shiina Shihan has devided the class in to two groups and asked Somnath Palchowdhury Sensei and Sona Ghosh Sensei to teach as well in turn.Shiina Shihan has focussed on teching the fundamentals of JKA Kihon Waza, Bunkai and various drills to develop Jiyu-Kumite while Somnath Sensei focussed on correct form for Kyu grades and Kata Kanku-Dai for Dan grades.
Overall a great day training and sweating together.
Glimpses of the First Day (16th Jan) of “2019 JKA INDO-BANGLA WINTER CAMP” in GUWAHATI, Assam hosted by JKAWFIK ASSAM in association with JKAWF INDIA Kolkata and conducted by KATSUTOSHI SHIINA SHIHAN from JKA HQ.There were international representatives from BHUTAN too that joined JKA recently.In the first day Shiina Shihan grinded the participants through various fundamental aspects of kihon waza and a great deal of kumite drills.Thank you Mobarak Ali and his team of whole family, students and parents of the students that are instrumental in hosting this prestigious camp in Guwahati.
Over 160 members attended at the second day of the “2 Day JKA Karate Seminar” in Phulia, Nadia, West Bengal on the last day of the year. The second day classes were conducted by Somnath Palchowdhury Sensei covering fundamentals of JKA karate, Heian Katas, Tekki Shodan and Gohon Kumite.Total 111 students successfully passed their rank promotion tests at the end of the gasshuku.Great arrangements, spirited performances and 100% learning attitude.Congratulations to all involved in Phulia.