IOGKF Romania Gasshuku with Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura

IOGKF Romania Gasshuku with Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura

By: Sensei Cristian Lambrea – IOGKF Romania Representative

Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura recently visited Romania for a National Gasshuku and the 20 year celebration of Sensei Cristian Lambrea’s Dojo. Nakamura Sensei was very popular in Romania and his presence left a mark on all involved…

Between 3rd and 5th of June, 2011, a unique Karate event took place in Bucharest, Romania, which was special for both Romanian Karate in general, as well as for Goju Ryu representatives in particular. There were about 230 Karate-ka at this event.

Following the invitation of Sensei Cristian Lambrea, IOGKF Romanian representative, we had the great honor to receive Master Tetsuji Nakamura as our guest in Bucharest.

2011 is special for us also because our Dojo is celebrating 20 years of activity and the best gift we could ever receive was Sensei Nakamura’ s visit. We would like to thank Sensei Nakamura again for the wonderful Gasshuku he held in Romania.

We could hardly find such values and modesty in a single person before and we were equally impressed and fascinated by Sensei Nakamura’s accuracy, speed and the quality of his technique executions.

Participants endlessly requested autographs and pictures, each of them seemingly trying to take home a small piece of his wonderful presence.

Though few days have already passed since this event, its memory is still alive in the students and parents’ memories, all of them remembering parts of the workshop that mostly impressed them. They could hardly believe they were as close to someone as valuable as Sensei Nakamura. But participants’ response is difficult to capture with words as the emotions and trembling were overwhelming all the way up to blackouts.

The training sessions were remarkably motivating then, Sensei Nakamura placed a lot of focus on Kata related details. He taught: Kata applications/bunkai, Iri - Kumi-Ju fighting techniques, close combat techniques (Kakie) applied in Kata, etc.

For advanced students, Sanchin Kata and Tensho Kata were taught. Sensei Nakamura, as usual, focused on the smallest, but critical, details possible. Seiyunchin, Shisochin and Seipai Kata’s were explained as well as many related applications.

During this Gasshuku event an exam for black belt Shodan took place and the candidates successfully passed it, so we are congratulating them once again.

Training’s designated to children were wonderful as expected. Sensei Nakamura has a real gift in impressing children and motivating them. Though there were 130 children he effectively managed to combine Karate specific techniques with discipline. At the end of the last training, when Sensei Nakamura released the formation, the little students kept staying still, all aligned, watching him fascinated. It was like they were afraid to move not to disturb or lose the daydream they were having.

Sensei Nakamura advised everybody to live in harmony and also reminded them how critical self respect and respect is in front of parents, brothers, sisters, teachers, colleagues and friends…

Moreover Sensei Nakamura advised the little students not to give up when training gets more difficult, because these ones in particular build their bodies, but also their character.

From the administrative point of view, this Gasshuku in Romania was organized in partnership with the National Antidrug Agency which distributed informative materials to students, teaching them that drugs and ethno botanical substances have negative effects in people’ s lives… At the end they shouted altogether “We say no to drugs!”

Organizing a Gasshuku with Sensei Nakamura in Romania was always a dream for Sensei Cristian Lambrea, a dream which, to our joy, finally came true.

We would like to thank again, Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura for making the effort to come from Canada and fulfilling our dream… We would also like to thank him as well for showing us again what our great Master, Sensei Morio Higaonna taught us: the more valuable the individual is, the more humble he becomes.

Thank you Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura for the great moments you spent with us!

We hope we will have the honor to live this dream again someday soon!