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 ofFebruary we had a jointtraining dayfor those whoaresandan(3rd dan) or above.A so-calledkōdansha gōdōrenshū(which we alsocall “the veteran camps” sometimes).Six branches were represented and we had a total of 46dan attending.
It wasan intense day, with a lot oftechnique practiceas well as discussionsand exchange of experiencewithhow we conduct the trainingin our respective branches.
We had a couple of hours with intense training in the morning,followed bya lunchwhere therewas also a lot of discussions. The afternooncontinuedin the same way, and the day ended withsome much neededseihō.
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!
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.