On Saturday 6 November, at Scotsdene Sports Hall, Boland Karate held its final senior tournament for 2010, aptly named the Boland Development Championship. A number of styles and dojos were invited to compete, including the Spartans who came all the way down from Ceres in a sizeable number in order to partake in this final bit of friendly rivalry.
On Saturday 6 November, at Scotsdene Sports Hall, Boland Karate held its final senior tournament for 2010, aptly named the Boland Development Championship. A number of styles and dojos were invited to compete, including the Spartans who came all the way down from Ceres in a sizeable number in order to partake in this final bit of friendly rivalry. Proceedings kicked off with a unison kata with bunkai from Funakoshi Karate International South Africa, with kata Kigai being performed by Chris Mourdik, Gerhard Roos and Craig Lotter.
Last Saturday saw the first of two special kumite training classes with German Sensei Kai Ellenberger and Marius Bouwer, held in the Gordon’s Bay Primary School hall.
The evening of Friday 15 October marked the official start of Funakoshi Karate International South Africa Gashuku 2010, even though technically the event was already three days into its 15 day duration.
Currently we are slap bang in the middle of Funakoshi Karate International South Africa’s official 2010 Gashuku, though truth be told it is not quite in its usual format.
Last Friday has come and gone and apart from the joyous occasion of seeing my child blob in its full black and white ultrasound glory, the other highlight to come out of the day was my successful grading for blue belt under the Funakoshi style.
Eish, I didn’t realise that my next grading is literally lurking around the corner. This time around I’ll be pushing for my blue belt under the Funakoshi style and by the sounds of it, the amount of people grading out of my class appears to be pretty small – so I’m quite motivated to do as well as possible come the big day.
Training with Japanese terminology is proving invaluable in allowing for people from different nationalities and cultures to train with one another, without suffering from any major translation problems.
Moving to Funakoshi Karate International South Africa comes with a revised grading schedule and more importantly, a revised grading syllabus.
Why? Well this was to be the weekend of “Camp Edwin”, Funakoshi Karate International South Africa’s first ever karate camp since having broken away from Funakoshi South Africa literally a month or three ago!
Because I keep misplacing this damn logo and because it might prove useful to other designers out there, here is a decent quality snapshot of the current Funakoshi Karate International South Africa badge
All of a sudden my well functioning stomache which had played its part so perfectly over the rest of the weekend, was reduced to a quivering, liquidity mess and coupled with headaches and a seemingly draining of all the blood in my face.
Craig Lotter is an established web developer and application programmer, with strong creative urges (which keep bursting out at the most inopportune moments) and a seemingly insatiable need to love all things animated. Living in the beautiful coastal town of Gordon's Bay in South Africa, he games, develops, takes in animated fare, trains under whichever martial arts dojo is closest at the time, and for the most part, simply enjoys life with his amazing wife and daughter.
Oh, and he draws ever now and then too.
This is a collection of things that he has managed to find the time to scribble down since 2007.
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