Following the European delegation visit to Japan last summer, contact
has been very regular. Yoshimichi Sato has been elected as the leader for Taikiken and
takes the rank of Soke.
Norimasa Iwama will be the next in rank, although his title is not
known at present, these two sensei are the legends following the footsteps of Grandmaster enichi
Sawai, and are the natural leaders to guide the progress of Taikiken in Japan, we wish
them all the success. Sawai sensei´s son Akio although not active will be on the
committee in an honorary position.
Sensei Sato has informed me that his first task will be to determine
the ranks of the teachers and a summer gashuku will be held for these kenpoka, up to then
training will be held twice a week at sensei´s dojo in Yuki, Ibaraki-ken, to carefully instruct
the true way of Sawai sensei´s keiko.
Sensei Sato personally sent his very best wishes to all Yoshinken
members and hopes for a good year in Taikiken keiko and personal development in the true
budo spirit. He also kindly did the Shin-nen-keiko characters for the article written by Senpai
Sensei sent me two miniature torou ( lanterns ) with built in lighting !! for my personal
Yoshinken shinden at the Rävlanda honbu dojo, this was most appreciated as this adds
to the special feeling from sensei who has given me the beautiful scrolls with Taiki Shisei Kenpo and
Yoshinken characters in Kanji.
If all goes well Sensei and his wife Kyoko hopes to visit my home
country - New Zealand in October this year.
Sensei Jan Kallenbach - Kyoshi and leader for Taikiken in
Europe, made a visit to China last year with a Dutch film team to make a documentary around Sensei
Jan and why he has this devotion to Budo/Wushu, this 90 mins. film has now been completed
and is being shown at the film festival in Rotterdam starting at the beginning of February.
It is in english and I hope will be available to be bought as a DVD.
Taikiken with its
roots in Yiquan is becoming more
and more wellknown and therefore it is important that the most dedicated
and original sensei are the ones to lead the way. Sensei Jan to those who have
met him and trained for him needs no presentation, he is a wonderful personality and a true legend
in budo as the Japanese magazines wrote from our tour in 2004.
He has produced a great DVD
recently and is in the
process of writing a very detailed book based on his experiences
in Taikiken and Yiquan. Sensei Jan´s two long time students Wiert Postema and Hans
Bakker are very popular and well liked here in Sweden, and we hope to get visits from them again
Yoshinken started the New Year in the traditional way with Shin-nen-keiko
on January 16th a dedicated group from Stockholm made the trip to Göteborg
after keiko on the Saturday !
It was a great feeling to have the Stockholm and Göteborgs
kenpoka gathered together, toÅke, Lasse, Viktor, David, Sinan, Andre, Peter, Filip, Janne,
Hans, and Tryggve from Malmö thank you for your support during 2004 and good health, spirit and
effort for 2005