The IKGA World Championships are underway!
Members of IKGA provided demonstrations of Karate that included examples of Kata, Bunkai, self defense and unarmed combat. All of this led up to the visiting Japanese Shihans' demonstration, led off by Yasuko Yamada Shihan performing kata Shisochin, and followed by Sanchin-Tensho kata. The final demonstration was provided by Saiko Shihan Goshi Yamaguchi. Saiko Shihan performed the Tokutei Kata Kouryu - the third kata taught only once an instructor has reached the level of Shihan. It was the perfect way to wind up the opening of the premiere event for the IKGA!
Day 1 got off to a bit of a late start due to some last minute changes to the draws, but the organizers managed to persevere and got things moving smoothly. The competition started of with senior Kata divisions, and finishing up with senior Kumite divisions. The competition has been fierce, and each country has certainly sent their best athletes! It is easy to see that all the nations have been practicing hard since the last championships, and it's inspiring to know that IKGA's future will thrive in some very talented young Karateka.
We would also like to make a special note to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of the Officials. They have all come a long way to provide the very best in officiating. Thank you to all the Officials and volunteers! Without your effort our championships would not be possible.
Check back for more updates and results of the IKGA World Championships!