On Sunday the 29th of March the spring’s national dan examination was held in Stockholm. Four examiners, Anders Pettersson from Karlstad, Alex Tilly from Stockholm Södra, Per Lindblom from Mosebacke and Boban Mladenovic from Haninge, were present to evaluate the level of those who took their test. We had three kenshi, Jonathan & Heike from Gothenburg and Seif from Stockholm Södra, which tested for shodan (1 dan). Additionally we had Patrik from Stockholm Södra who took his grading test fro nidan (2 dan).
Seif, Jonathan, Heike & Patrik after the grading examination. Congratulations!
On Saturday the den 28th of March the Swedish Shorinji Kempo Federation held its Annual General Meeting. All board members were re-elected and the only change was that Linda Hagman from Karlstad replaces Charlene Lima from Stockholm in the election committee.
So to sum up it was a very good meeting with lots of positive discussion on the future.
On the Saturday 7th of March,13 differentkōdansha (higherdan grades) gatheredfor the spring instructorsseminarin dojo of StockholmSödra.It was afull daytrainingfor those who have3rd danorhigher, and the main focus of the day was to shareexperience andgo over differenttechniques at yūdansha level (black beltlevel).Therewas alsoa theoretical partafter lunchwhere wewent throughthe basics of thecompetition rulesand judging ofembu. The planis that wewill have amore formal trainingof national judgeslater in the year. In summary it wasa day thatleftall participantshappy, withsome question marksstraightened out, and several newideas andways to practiceour techniques to bring home.
On Sunday the 26th of October this autumn’s Dan Examination was held. Richard Tjust, Karlstad shibu, and Kenneth Svedlund Ishii, Stockholm Södra shibu, tested to 3 dan. Robert Earon and Samuel Dreiman, both from Stockholm Södra shibu, tested to 1 dan.
From left; Robert, Samuel, Richard & Kenneth. Congratulations to a successful grading.
A big Congratulations to Richard, Kenneth, Robert & Samuel!
On the weekend ofAugust 2nd to 3rd there was a big celebration thatShorinji Kempo have been practised in the UKfor 40 yearsand theSwedishShorinjiKempo Federation was representedby AndersPettersson6 danand AlexTilly5dan. On the Saturday there was a demonstration at the ShawTheatre as well as commemorative dinner to celebrate the 40 year of Shorinji Kempo in the UK. On the Sunday there was a full day of excellent training with several senior instructors like Aosaka-sensei 8 dan, Kawashima-sensei 7 dan, Mukaida-sensei 7 dan, Idoie-sensei 7 dan as well as some additional younger instructors from hombu. The training session had participants from the UK, Sweden, Japan, France, Italy,Germany, Finland, the Netherlandsand Portugal.
HereisthedemonstrationthatAndersandAlex made at theShaw Theatreinconjunctionwiththe festivities.
Three days ofintense trainingwith Aosaka–sensei 8 dandaihanshiand his assistantDidierCamp-sensei 6 danwasone of the summer‘s highlights. Visby Shibu and Stockholm Södra Shibu was the organizers and60 participantsfromSweden, France, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, England andPolandparticipated.Continue reading →
JohanFrendinsensei,5th dan sadly passed away earlyon Monday morningaftera long and hardbattle with cancer. Johanfounded Göteborg Shibu (Gothenburg)and wasfor many years one of the driving forces and inspiringpractitioners ofSwedishShorinji Kempo. We rememberJohan’s great enthusiasm,his humour, self-distanceandpowerful techniques. Alwayscurious,alwaysopen to newperspectives andat the same timeconfident in hisown way.During the longfight against the cancerJohanshowedamental strengthso great that all of us around him was amazed. On his wayback after the brainsurgery Johan practised with such determinationandintense persistence that the doctorsdid not thinkit was possible.But since the brain isneeded tobe able tofight anditwasthis part of his body that was attacked by the cancer we eventually lostour belovedJohan.
You taught us a lotandwe will always rememberandmiss you.
Shorinji Kempo Stockholm Södra’s instructors group (almost all) participated in a training camp in Paris with Aosaka sensei 8 dan Daihanshi. Here we can see Aosaka-sensei throwing Alex with sode maki gaeshi. The others looks happy to see how easy Alex to fly a rug. Continue reading →
We have just received information from hombu regarding the instructors who will come to our Unity kōshukai (or “SHORINJI KEMPO UNITY STUDY SESSION – Sweden 2014″ which is the official name is) in the end of May.
It will be Kiyoshi MAKINO sensei, daihanshi 9 dan, former fuku daihyō (vice-chairperson) of Kongo Zen Shorinji Sohonzan and doin-chō for Nishijin Dōin in Kyoto. Apart from Makino-sensei we will also have Takashi OSAWA sensei, seihanshi 7 dan. Osawa-sensei is betsuin-chō for Tokyo Betsuin, Kongo Zen Shorinji Sohonzan and doin-chō for Shakujii Higashi and Tokyo Otsuka Dōin.
On Thursday the 13th of February Shorinji Kempo Karlstad Shibu had a visit from TV4 Värmland (TV4 is a national channel, but also have regional news), which had picked up on the fact that Anders-sensei has been nominated for the Traditional Practitioner of the Year Award at the 2014 Swedish Martial Arts Gala. The clip was aired in the local news the day after. (clip usually have a short advertisement first)
Here is a translation of what is said in the clip: