2011 Mugen-Kai Karate Exhibition

Coming October 10th will be the 2011 Mugen Karate Exhibition held in Nippon-seinenkan. It is wonderful participating in these no competitive events. Everyone practices so hard together and with that they learn so much, probably more than they realize. This time round we will see some new really interesting performance with adults and kids performing kata, kihon, board breaking, nunchaku and other exciting performances. It is great to see both adults and kids getting together to work as a team. There is so much support and bonding happening, you really do appreciate the open hearted spirit that Mugen-kai creates, I am definitely proud to be apart of it.

Good luck to everyone participating this year. I am sure it is going to be another successful event with breath taking and emotional performances, but above all it will be another warm and wonderful gathering of friends and family.


2011 Mugen-Kai Karate Exhibtion Details:

Date:                    October 10th
Time:                   12:00 - 15:00
                            (Doors open from 10:00am - please be as early as
                             possible to be ready)
Location:              Nippon-seinenkan
Address:              Kasumigaoka Machi 7-1, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Map/Directions:    http://www.nippon-seinenkan.or.jp/hotel/languages/english/access/access.htm

Training Camp

The Mugen Kai Karate training camp this time was something really special. Gathered were kids and adults staying over to train and enjoy the facilities at the Naka Izu Winery training grounds provided by Shidax Corporation. It was really wonderful to be able to be with all the kids this time. So much communication and friendships were built during this weekend. We practiced together, ate together and stayed overnight together. The kids had the wonderful chance to spar with the adults and they all did so well. I am sure they have now fond memories of the times they had with the adults and I am sure the same can be said about the adults.

I'd like to thank again Yamaguchi-sensei for organizing another sucessful traing camp. I am sure it was not easy to be teaching both kids and adults over this time. Thank you to Ken Shida and Shidax for allowing all of us to be able to use the spacious and beautiful facilities. Also thank you to Taka-sensei and Mai-sensei for assisting. We all look forward to the next training camp and know for sure that it will be yet another success.


End of Summer

Though it is the end of Summer, we see a large return of many foreign kids and new foreign members to Mugen Karate. Today it was very noticeable with the number of students coming back after their summer holidays in their own home countries. It was wonderful to see them all come together to play and practice with the local kids. It really doesn't matter what language you speak, people when opened up can communicate so well in manner and behavior. This is why I like karate, we learn to communicate in any way possible and we learn to respect each others cultures and upbringing.


Ready for Nunchachu?

It was a good practice today at the Azubu Juban dojo. At the lady's class from 11 - 12 we had 2 new joiners whose kids are already members. It is great to see more family members join up. With parents and kids having more in comon, I am sure life at home will become a lot more interesting.

The 12 - 1pm beginners and kids class was full of 'kihon' and 'kata' and that was fantastic. We all need to improve our basic form and movements to be more skilled in karate. There is always so much to learn which makes karate a really enjoyable and fullfilling thing to do.

From 1pm - 2:15pm we had the regular class and many people turned up for that. Again focus was on kihon and some sparing towards the end. We were also very luck enough to have Yamaguchi-sensei demonstrate to us the use of Nunckaku and its kata. Comparing it to what you see on the movies and how you would really use it in karate - very interesting.

For the training camp coming up on Sept 17th / 18th we will also have nunchaku lessons so for those who are going please make sure to order your own set.