Today on the 12th of December the Federation organised the autumn’s national Dan Examination. Examiners for the day was Anders Pettersson, 6 dan daikenshi, and Leif Kekonius, 5 dan seikenshi. We had three kenshi that took their test for junkenshi shodan (1 dan) and one that took his test for chukenshi sandan (3 dan) and after one hours of written test and just over three hours of technical test we had the result and they all passed.
From the left; Rickard, Alva, Christer and Peter after they had passed their grading test.
Congratulations to Peter Thorvald (shibu-cho in Skövde) for passing the test for chukenshi sandan and to Rickard Andersson, Alva Neu & Christer Enfors for passing the test for junkenshi shodan.
On Sunday the 26th of March the Federation held this year’s spring Dan Examination. Two kenshi took the test, Heike van Doesburg, Göteborg Shibu, for 2 Dan and Hanna Svedberg, Stockholm Södra Shibu, for 3 Dan. Apart from the written homework that was handed in before the the actual grading there was a one hour written test followed by an intensive technical test that this time took about 2,5 hours.
Both Heike and Hanna performed very well in the grading and was passed by a good margin. A big congratulation to them both!
Heike and Hanna after their successful grading
The examiners this time was all of the technical committee’s members Anders Pettersson, Leif Kekonius and Alex Tilly.
Some of the participants at the federation general meeting.
On Saturday the 25th of March the Swedish Federation held it annual general meeting. Some of the people in the federation board had announced that they would not be up for re-election, so the election committee had to do some work to find their replacements. The ones resigning was Peter Thorvald, who has been our treasurer for many years and Peter Hansen who has served as our secretary for a long time. A big thank you for their efforts over the years. Continue reading
The Federation’s Dan examination for the spring 2016 was held in Stockholm on the 19th of March.
Shangchi and Fredrik after their successful grading.
We didn’t have that many kenshi testing this time, but they did very well.
Congratulations to Fredrik Eriksson, Stockholm Södra Shibu, who passed his test for junkenshi shodan and to Shangchi Leung, Stockholm Östra Shibu, who passed her test for shokenshi nidan.
Practising okuri gassho konoha nage, Alex throws Anders and Lovisa is happily watching what is about to happen to her when Åke will throw her.
On Saturday the 20th of February we had a joint training day for those who are sandan (3rd dan) or above. A so-called kōdansha gōdōrenshū (which we also call “the veteran camps” sometimes). Six branches were represented and we had a total of 46 dan attending.
It was an intense day, with a lot of technique practice as well as discussions and exchange of experience with how we conduct the training in our respective branches.
We had a couple of hours with intense training in the morning, followed by a lunch where there was also a lot of discussions. The afternoon continued in the same way, and the day ended with some much needed seihō.
Presentation av instruktörerna, Kaihoko-sensei och Fujii-sensei, under Unity Koshukai 2015
Updated 2015-07-07 – with additional comments
Karlstad shibu have published a report and some photos from the Unity Koshukai, so we also publish the same report here on the federation home page.
On the 15th to 17th of May we had a Unity Koshukai (koshukai usually translates to “study session”). The official name of the camp was “Shorinji Kempo Unity Study Session Sweden 2015 – 少林寺 拳法 UNITY 講習会スウェーデン 2015. The first study session of this kind was held in Bromma last year and this year it was Karlstad’s turn to be the host. We had about 65 participants from Finland, UK, Russia, Germany, France, Italy and of course from Sweden. The instructors, who was appointed by our hombu (head quarters) in Japan, was Kaihoko-sensei and Fujii-sensei. Continue reading
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!
All kenshi passed their test. Congratulations!
Some of the participants at the General Meeting
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.
Group picture of the participants, totally 54 dan
On the Saturday 7th of March, 13 different kōdansha (higher dan grades) gathered for the spring instructors seminar in dojo of Stockholm Södra. It was a full day training for those who have 3rd dan or higher, and the main focus of the day was to share experience and go over different techniques at yūdansha level (black belt level). There was also a theoretical part after lunch where we went through the basics of the competition rules and judging of embu. The plan is that we will have a more formal training of national judges later in the year. In summary it was a day that left all participants happy, with some question marks straightened out, and several new ideas and ways to practice our techniques to bring home.
Åke Olsson throwing Richard Tjust
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!