Our 2nd TaiKi gasshuku was held from friday august
the 24th until monday afternoon the 27th and took place at a very
nice and natural site next to a beautiful lake, half an hour away
from Gothenborg and a 30km from Gothenburg’s airport Ravlanda.
As we knew from last year how nice this trainings side in Lygnared
was situated, many Taiki kenpoka already arrived one day before,
to enjoy the nice Swedish atmosphere, the serenity and calmness.
There were a sixty participants including 7 teaching sensei’s
as: Jeanluc Lessueur TaiKi Kyoshi from Orgeval France, Jacques Legree
TaiKi Renshi from Boulogne France…and from Holland 3 TaiKi
graded Renshi: Bert de Waart, Wiert Postema and Hans Bakker and
of course the initiators Marshall McDonagh and Jan Kallenbach, both
TaiKi Kyoshi teachers.
The Dutch Taiki members formed with 28 people the biggest group,
with a good second place by the Swedish team of Stockholm and Gothenborg
and a good third place by the French kenpoka. The gashuku-language
was English and the communication went well.
We had invited Takagi sensei from J apan and at first he agreed
to come, but when I visited him later in Japan I understood the
Japanese people have no freetime in august.
All mentioned teachers each took a half day for teaching…so
the students could enjoy seven teachers…all with their experiences
and their focus on TaiKi budo.
In the evening we had lectures about several items. One was given
by a team of three teachers from the University of Phys. Education
(ALO) from Amsterdam…
the next evening we witnessed an interesting lecture by
about his experiences in coaching Olympic Athletes based on his
book ‘the Voyage of the Hero’…and one evening
sensei Jan gave his idea’s about the ‘System of TaiKi
budo’ and called it: ‘we are no bulls, we are martial
Sensei Marshall at the last evening gave his knowledge about the
methodology of our TaiKi system.
Sensei Marshall had arranged a catering-service, that perfectly
knew well budoka in training, need a good meal and with the help
of the campingside-owner Stephan, who served breakfast, drinks and
canoe’s…and a good program our time went fast.
We all were lodged in typical Swedish wooden log-cabins and although
there was a nice sauna for those who liked it after training, certain
kenpoka preferred more freshness and went swimming (naked) in the
fresh and cool Swedish lake.
With such a program, such nice possibilities and such inspiring
teachers and students those four days went too quick again.
Our respect and thanks go to sensei Marshall and his Seniors Ake
and Andre, as well to the Swedish Taiki kenpo members who made the
organisation go fluently.
Big Thanks though from all of us!
Next year the gasshuku will be held at the same location again,
but one week earlier…. from friday morning 8th until sunday
evening the 10th of august 2008.
See you there!
Mr President Europe Sensei Kallenbach
Board meeting Taikiken European Federation 2007
Everybody has to pay
Everybody has to pay someday
Hans and Pascal in combat
Sensei Jeanluc Lessueur
Sensei Jaques Legree
Sensei Jaques in action
Sensei Bert de Waart and Sensei Wiert Postema
In perfekt balance
Sensei Marshall McDonagh
Training by the sea
Victor and Vidar
Swedish team and Hans Sensei
2nd International Taikiken Gashuku August 2007