Yoshinken Seminar at Swedish Karate Kyokushinkai, Gothenburg, 6 November 2004
Sensei Marshall McDonagh was invited by the technical committee
of Swedish Karate Kyokushinkai (SKK) to give his story, background
and sources of inspiration of his long career within budo.
sensei which is one of the pioneers within Swedish budo, Karate
and Kyokushinkai have met a large number of persons from different
martial arts and budo organizations throughout the world. During
his 46 year long budocareer a small number of persons made a special
impression and inspiration due to their true way of living as modern
The seminar was meant to give the audience which contained of the
major part of dojo operators (today relatively young) in Swedish
Kyokushin a historical perspective, theoretical knowledge and a
view of what sensei Marshall does nowadays.
The first part of the seminar
was was theoretically based with a presentation of 15 persons who
has made impression and inspiration to sensei Marshall. Further
on he explained that these persons live/lived as they learn and
try to apply their knowledge within budo all the time. The theory
continued with a presentation Taikiken/Yoshinken and some important
persons which has developed the art.
The second part of the seminar was practically based and contained
various techniques, explanations and demonstrations. These demonstrations
was made together with his student Lars Sjöberg who also is
a Kyokushin-nidan instructor and dojo operator for Oyama Karate
Karate Kai in Solna Sweden (one of sensei Marshall’s lifeworks).
Marshall sensei gave valuable explanations of techniques that we
see in Kyokushin today and their origins. The audience was astonished
of seeing the perfect timing, speed and technical brilliance in
the techniques of 46 years budo training.
This part of the seminar
made big impression to the audience. Voices like -“The best
I’ve ever seen” was heard in the crowd when they saw
sensei Marshall disarmed his student. With their own eyes the dojo-operators
could see that sensei Marshall still are a tremendous fighter with
his extended toolbox of techniques developed during almost 50 year
of dedicated training.