JKS SKAI International Karate Camp 2018
by Arijit Chakraborty
Ishikawa Shihan with Arijit Chakraborty
Report by: Arijit Chakraborty, National Special Correspondent - WMA
Shotokan-Ryu Karate Academy of India (SKAI), affiliated member of Japan Karate Shoto Federation (JKS) under the guidance of Shihan Koushik Bose, 7th Dan organised 3 days International Karate camp at Naihati and Ichhapur near Kolkata from May 4th to 6th 2018. The visiting Instructor this year was Shihan Tadashi Ishikawa, 8th Dan (JKS) from Japan. Shihan Sudeep Syriac, 5th Dan JKS, senior Karate instructor and head of JKS Shotojuku India was present to assist Ishikawa shihan in the training sessions. Ishikawa Shihan has been Director of karate training at Takushoku University in Japan and has been the coach of renowned Instructors and Champions like Ohta Sensei (JKA England), Kokubun Sensei (JKA 6th Dan) and others.
Ishikawa Shihan conducted the special session for JKS India Black belt instructors. Advanced kihon, conditioning and drills for flexibility development were conducted. The instructors sweated it out to plish their techniques. JKS Kata was also taught by Ishikawa Shihan.
More than 460 karate ka of all grades upto black belt participated in the karate camp at Defence Community Hall, Ichhapore. Shihan stressed on stretching, speed, coordination and demonstrated special training methods for developing strength, agility and power. Shihan also conducted extensive training on Kihon and stressed upon building a strong foundation for advanced karate techniques.
Shihan Ishikawa conducted the 3rd day of training at the Railway Community Hall, Naihati. More than 600 karate ka participated in the day- long session. Kihon, kata, tai sabaki, rotational techniques and kumite combinations were taught. Shihan also emphasized on the linkage of kihon, kata and kumite. He reiterated on strength building and advised black belts to forge a toned up bofy through practise on makiwara, heavy bags and strengthening drills like push ups. Shihan advised karate ka to develop better stances, solid basic techniques and parallelly improve upon speed, precision and hip movements.
Shihan Ishikawa with Shihan Sudeep Cyriac as his assistant, conducted the JKS Dan gradings. More than 15 examinees lined up for Shidan, Nidan and Sandan examinations. The grading was tough and demanded the very best from the candidates to meet the high standards of JKS and Ishikawa Shihan. At the end of the 3 hours grading, names of successful candidates were announced, and instructors and students were all congratulated. There was a vote of thanks for Ishikawa Shihan, Kousik Bose Shihan and Sudeep Cyriac Shihan for all their efforts, time and for imparting high-quality Shotokan Karate training in line with JKS International standards.