Anders-sensei receives the inkajō (certificate) for 6th dan from Onishi-sensei.
The Swedish Shorinji Kempo Federation’s president and shibu-chō in Karlstad Shibu, Anders Pettersson-sensei is currently in Japan, and on Friday the 22nd of February he graded to rokudan (6 dan).
Anders is the first Swedish person obtain this high degree. The grading test was held at hombu (headquarters), that is located in Tadotsu in Japan, and the examiners were Onishi-sensei and Kawashima-sensei. Anders did the grading test together with his friend since many years John McCulloch, who is shibu-chō in Toronto, Canada.
Steve Williams-sensei, shibu-chō of Harrow Shibu in England, visited Karlstad together with a number of members from Harrow
Shorinji Kempo Karlstad Shibu had visitors from England and organised a small gasshuku, here is a short report from that weekend.
Over the weekend of 9th to 10th of February, we once again had a visit from Harrow Shibu. Steve Williams and an additional four kenshi from England visited and we organised a small gasshuku (training camp). The British flew to the Arlanda (Stockholm) airport, took a rental car to Karlstad and arrived on Friday afternoon. On Friday night it was pizza and Shorinji Kempo video at Anders house.
We had practice from 10:00 to 16:30 on both Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the members from Harrow and from our own branch we also had four members from Skövde Shibu that participated. On the Sunday we had the honour to have two members from Karlstad Studenters Shibu including Åke Olsson-sensei. Continue reading
Another report from the Shorinji Kempo Karlstad Shibu’s home page. Karlstad’s shibu-chō as well as the federation’s president, Anders Pettersson, went to England for a few days and visited Steve Williams, shibu-chō in Harrow Shibu. There was obviously some training when the United Kingdom Shorinji Kempo Federation (UKSKF) organized a couple of events. It was a half-day for yūdansha (black belts) in Acton, where the instructors for the day was Steve Wiliams and our own Anders Pettersson.
On the Sunday they had a one day gasshuku (training camp) in Peterborough, where the teaching also was made by Maehara-sensei, 7 dan seihanshi and also an official WSKO instructor. Continue reading
Christer and Simon practice during the camp in Gothenburg
Here is a report from Shorinji Kempo Karlstad Shibu’s home page about the training camp that was held in Gothenburg in January.
During the weekend of January 12 to 13 there was a Gasshuku (training camp) in Gothenburg, that was focused on embu, but there were also a lot of time for seihō. We were five kenshi from Karlstad who went down to Gothenburg early on Saturday morning. It was Christer, Alva, Simon Pelle and Anders.
On the 31 of March there was a national Dan Examination in Karlstad.
It started at 10.00 with the written test and then the technical test followed , which took almost three hours.
After the grading there was also time for feedback where everyone was informed on what was good and what they need to focus on trying to improve.
There were four people who tested for Nidan (2 Dan) and one who tested for Sandan (3 Dan).
A big Congratulations! to those who passed their grading test:
Pontus Haglund, Stockholm Södra Shibu
Mats Arling, Bromma Shibu
Peter Spångberg, Bromma
Joakim Englander, Göteborg Shibu
Kenneth Svedlund, Stockholms Studenter Shibu
During the weekend of 18-19 February there was a yudansha gasshuku (training camp for dan grades). The camp was also open to ikkyū (1 kyū) who had permission from their shibu-chō. Instructors for the camp were Anders Pettersson, daikenshi 5 dan and Åke Olsson, seikenshi 5 dan, shibu-chō of Karlstads Studenter Shibu.
Over the weekend, 4 to 5 February we had a small gasshuku (training camp) with our friends from Harrow shibu in England. In addition to a number of members in Karlstad Shibu and then of course our visitors from Harrow, there were another two branches represented over the weekend. Karlstads Studenter Shibu had their shibu-chō Åke Olsson attending on Saturday, and Jörgen Andersson on both days. Skövde was represented on Sunday by Peter Thorvald.
There are a lot of things going on in Shorinji Kempo in Sweden this spring, so it is important to plan one’s calendar so one do not miss anything.
In addition to local club events and hombu’s annual spring gasshuku there are a number of camps coming up.
Yudansha Gasshuku in Karlstad
On the 18th to 19th of February, it is time for the first event when there will be a yudansha gasshuku (training camp for black belts) in Karlstad (see here for details). The camp is open to all dan-grades, but kenshi with ikkyū (1 kyū) that get permission from their shibu-chō (chief instructor) can also participate. The camp will partly focus on embu, which is a good preparation for the Swedish national taikai later this spring, but it will also go through all the changes made in the new kamokuhyō soon to be introduced. Continue reading
Kajsen and Charlene after their grading to nidan.
On the 20th of November the Swedish Shorinji Kempo Federation arranged a national dan examination in Stockholm. The Federation strives to have all the qualified examiners on site at our dan examinations in order for us to secure a high quality of the examinations, and that we should unify our judging. In order to maintain and enhance the quality of our instructors and practitioners, the federation decided that the examiners together will discuss and agree on consistent, fair, but also somewhat more rigorous judging when doing examination.
This time we had five people that did the test for nidan (2 dan). Originally there was also planned for one person to take the test for sandan (3 dan), but he injured his foot the day before and could no participate this time.
After a one hour written test and just over three hours of technical tests, we had two people who passed their grading to nidan, Charlene Lima and Kajsen Burell from Stockholms Studenter shibu. Congratulations to Charlene and Kajsen!
Pontus kastar Alex med sode maki gaeshi
The award of “Best Club”, which was established in 2009 by the Shorinji Kempo Gothenburg and is awarded to the branch that ranks best in total during the national taikai under a special scoring system, this year the Stockholm Södra shibu. Good work by the Stockholm södra branch that had many participants, hopefully, a lot more kenshi will take on the challenge and try to win the trophy for their branch next year.