A very successful camp that commenced during a full storm resulting
in the administration tent being demolished, while Sensei Jan Kallenbach
and Sempai Åke hung like weights on the restaurant tent so
that this did not disappear as well – in fact Åke lost
contact with the ground and was saved by Sensei Jan´s extra
kilo´s. All participants arrived on Thursday and like previous
gashuku´s it was good to see the familiar and the new faces.
This year the cabins were (almost) enough for all and we were given
a warm welcome by Staffan and Carina.
Thursday evening a meeting was held for the instructors from Europe
to go through the training program which was a new concept this
year – dividing all into smaller groups allowing closer contact
with the sensei with the possibility of asking explainnations, this
proved to be much appreciated. Some instructors were however missed
this time – Sensei Jean-Luc Lesueur also Sensei Hans Bakker,
and Sensei Jacques Legree participated as a trainee.
This year training was emphasised on stillness, important details
on difficult techniques were appreciated.
On Saturday evening the annual Taikiken European Federation meeting
was held and then later three short presentations by Sempai Åke,
changes in his 35 years budo training, Sempai Marco, and Rickard
told how they used the principles from Taikiken in their daily work,
these experiences were most interesting and liked by all attending,
shown by the applaud afterwards.
The training experienced by the French team with Sensei Marshall
will not be forgotten in training the basic defence against padded
bo, jo, and shinai in the lake. The following day all 44 kenpoka
went through training in the water with Sensei Marshall showing
the concentration needed – some things worked others did not,
but all enjoyed this different way of training.
All too soon the Gashuku ended, and this international group of
wonderful budoka left knowing it would be a year before meeting
Andreas and Åke
Monika and Henrik
Perfekt Taiki weather
Sensei Jan teaching
Sensei Jaques teaching Åke
Sensei Kallenbach and Marko
Training in the sea
Sensei Marshall, Sensei Jaques and Varta
Sensei Wiert and Patrik
Sensei Wiert Teaching
Small game (winner France)
The group in harmony
The group in the tent that never was used
The Taiki Camp
The Taikiken group 2008
The Taikiken Senseis at Gashuku 2008