Friday, December 13, 2013

World Championships - Opening Ceremony and Day 1

The IKGA World Championships are underway!

Opening Ceremonies

After a full day of meetings...including the 6th IKGA Congress, Referee and Officials meeting, and Officials training, the members of IKGA were treated to a fantastic opening ceremony that highlighted different aspects of the traditions and culture of India. Among the wonderful displays was a fantastic example of traditional Indian gymnastics provided by group of visually impaired young people, and various forms of Indian cultural dance displayed by grade school students. A true feast for the senses!

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

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!

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