The annual IOGKF South Africa Black Belt Gasshuku hosted by Sensei Bakkies Laubscher is well known in the IOGKF community for it’s high technical standard.
The two day Gasshuku is open exclusively to IOGKF Black Belts and previously required members to travel from across the continent to the IOGKFSA Honbu Dojo in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Since the start of the covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the Gasshuku has moved over to a digital platform, allowing IOGKF black belts to join in from across the globe. This years Gasshuku featured IOGKF Black Belts from a record breaking 18 countries.
The 2021 edition of the gasshuku took place this past weekend from the 16-17 of October and was attended by 10 of Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate Namibia’s black belts. Seven Black Belts, including Sensei Carl van der Merwe attended the Gasshuku in Windhoek Honbu Dojo whilst Sensei Nico Maritz and his most senior students joined in from Walvis Bay Honbu Dojo.
The Gasshuku covered various technical aspect including effective breathing, kumite and Goju-Ryu’s most senior kata, Pechurin.
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Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate Namibia would like to extend it’s utmost gratitude to Sensei Bakkies for once again presenting such an eye-opening and enjoyable training experience.