IOGKFSA Zoom Senior Regional Gasshuku 18, 19 September
Again a great event with persons from 24 countries taking part in this exclusive Senior Brown and Black Belts event! Emphasis was on the basic fundamentals of Okinawan Goju Ryu and especially Kumite elements. The elements of combat was explained with a graphic presentation by Sensei Bakkies on the various Attack and Defence fundamentals to the Sandan and higher group
IOGKFSA Zoom Intermediate Gasshuku, 29 August 2020
Once again a great and enjoyable event focussing on the Intermediate level. Focus was on confirming the correct ‘way forward’, understanding essential Okinawan Goju Ryu fundamentals and their sub-content. Participants from 16 countries taking part with a large Black Belt contingent – up to 7th Dan -attending. Serious Karate Ka – always willing to learn! Watch a short clip on the event below:
With the Corona lockdown in March 2020, SAGA realised that technology was the obvious short term way to keep going. An alien concept for traditionalists, as Traditional Karate is between Teacher and Student in a personal environment in a Dojo, but extraordinary circumstances called for extraordinary methods!
A positive of the online option is there is no limit on who can take part and eventually members from 20 countries participated – from USA to Europe, UAE, India, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore!
Replays of the sessions were done to accommodate members from 9 different time zones.
The annual SAGA Black Belt Gasshuku was held in Honbu Dojo on 1 – 2 November 2019. This event is only for Nidan and higher members where higher level input is provided. At the conclusion of the Gasshuku, senior Dan gradings were conducted which saw two new SAGA Godans – Chris Keet and Deon Claassen, plus Sam Ekandjo from Namibia, as well as eight new Yondans and four new Sandans!