It was yet another spectacular Mugen Tournament. This time at the Shidax hall with such a large space it made the event just more exciting. Again there were many great moments. What I loved the most was seeing the kids trying so hard and working as a team. Same for the adults, such comradery, support and laughter, it really made such a wonderful day for competitors and spectators.
My top moments:
- Hearing Adeta say to his mother "I lost but got 4 points!"
- Mateo saying "I will try harder next time. I will join my dad in Sunday's class for the second hour training".
- Seeing Taka-sensei's inspirational smile when leading the shonen class Kihon.
- Watching Angelo compete in such gentleman fashion.
- To see Yamaguchi-sensei judge all matches hopping on his broken foot!
Thank you Yamaguchi-sensei again for organizing yet another wonderful event.
Everyone tried so hard today, to me we all leave as winners.
One big thing that makes Mugen Tournaments so special is the mix of adult and kids matches all happening at once. It's a wonderful gathering of friends and family filled full of cheering and laughter. Yamaguchi-sensei does such a good job of building a safe and fun environment for us that we all can feel comfortable and try our best. For me the best moments are to watching the kids matches and seeing all of them try so hard. It is such an emotional time, you not only see competitors cry but also supporters. The special awards part is also something very touching to watch. To see someone being recognized for trying their hardest is something that makes me proud to be a Mugen-kai member.
Hope to see you all at the next Mugen Tournament at the Shidax hall in Shibuya on February 27th. This is something I definitely will not be missing.
Map to Shidax Hall -> http://www.shidax.co.jp/ssv/access.html
2011 Mugen Karate Events
Feb 27 - Team event tournament
Mar 26/27 - Mugen-kai Kids Training camp
April 24 - Grading day (Kuramae )
May 21 - Kids Grading day (Hiroo & Azabu-Juban)
Jun 26 - Mugen Tournament and Mugen's 5th year Aniversary party
July 9/10 - Mugen-kai Kids Training Camp
Aug 7 - Adult's Grading day (Kuramae)
Sep 17/18 - Mugen-kai Kids Training camp
Oct 10 - Mugen-kai Exihibition
Nov 5 - Kids Grading (Kuramae & Akihabara)
Nov 12 - Kids Grading day (Azabu-Juban & Hiroo)
Nov 27 - Mugen-kai Tournament
Dec 18 - Adults Grading day (Azabu-juban)
It's been a while since taking photo's of the Juban kid's class. I notice a lot of changes and some things not changing. Lots of changes - we the level of of the kid's ability to focus and control their skills. No change - the kids still love having their photos taken! In today's class Yamaguchi-sensei (with new haircut) took on the kids in the breaks to see if they could pull him down with judo style moves. The kids loved that and it tired the sensei down for sure as I notice a lot of sweat in the breaks! Anyway today's class was lot of fun and I managed to capture some killer moments.
All photos -> http://www.flickr.com/photos/59151236@N03/sets/72157625981424482/