Matsuri comes from the word that means Festival or Holiday ‘to entertain' or ‘to serve’ it is also used to refer to Shinto Festivals.
The venue was the prestigious County Hall in London which is a landmark of days gone by; it is also close to The Houses of Parliament, The London Eye, The London Aquarium and Matsuri 2010. 35,000 people attended last year.
Training started on Saturday morning at 10am, and after the warm up the teaching was concentrated on Kata Sanchin, Sanchin Kotai and Tensho and Kakie, followed by supplementary training Chishi and Makiwara.
This trip was one of the best we have had and this was due to spending more time there, 19 days to be precise because in the past we seemed to be rushing everywhere but this allowed us to do more things and chill out.
What an exciting day we had, I arrived at 11.30 to the sound of Classic Okinawan Music and the aroma of a diverse range of Okinawan delicacies, and there were an array of stalls that were selling artefacts that were hand made by the people.
On Sunday 24th July the Cambridge dojo hosted a 3 hour karate course open to all styles and grades. The theme of the day was hojo undo (equipment training) and kakie (push hands) with self defence. The start time was fairly early to allow everyone to make the most of the afternoon to relax. Despite having the furthest to travel, a group from Essex and London arrived a good half hour before the class was due to start. The chosen venue was Impington Sports Centre, a few miles to the North of Cambridge. Situated just off the A14 it was easy to find and the training hall was large and filled with light.
One could almost feel like a Tornado when performing this Kata, the ever whirling and turning within the Kata indicates energy with great magnetic force.
A drawing force that lifts you up and then puts you down with great ferocity, thus the pounding movement, just like an earthquake (Jishin in Japanese).
As to the second to last movement, which is the reverse punch this suggests, two storms colliding creating electrical thunder and the last movement which is turning fast, with Mawashi uke, could be a storm executing its combined authority and majesty
The Element present in this Kata would suggest Air and Wind
A group from Moscow have arrived at my Dojo for training and sightseeing, this is a great way to combine a holiday with training and the offer goes out to all IOGKF members in the world, you just need to e/mail about your date of arrival.
I can cater for a group up to 15 people; the amenities include Sauna, Showers and Kitchen, sleeping on Tatami with airbeds, all you have to bring is a sleeping bag so think about for the future.
When you train with the Master one sometimes feels, I wish he would come and talk to me, and then as he approaches you your heart beats faster, you have a feeling of pleasure and then he speaks to you, and you realise that he is a simple humble human being after all.
As to nature the butterfly with all it’s colour detail and beauty, is hard to approach, it moves just out of reach and when you least expect it, it will land if not by you but on you just for a while, as if to recognise your desire.
Its intimacy is quite a shock, and will delay your reactions and encumber your movement to a time which is absent.
Your mind will feel a sense of achievement and recognition, and it will leave as mystifying and it came.
Chief Instructor OTGKA