Shin-nen-keiko 2020 started with a knowledge test at Oyama Karate Kai dojo.
Then we had a good dinner together in a nice japanese restaurant. With delicious food and interesting conversations we lifted forward a good spirit among us members in the Yoshinken family.
Since 2004 Shin-nen-keiko has been the tradition in Yoshinken to get together all active members for the first training of the year.
After the dinner we went back to Oyama Karate Kai dojo and began our personal presentations. We presented a picture for Sensei Marshall and the other members. From that picture you summarized what Yoshinken has meant during the past year.
It was very interesting to hear everyone's contribution and the follow up discussions by Sensei Marshall.
You are always learning in listening to the details of Sensei Marshall's tremendous depth in knowledge of both Keiko and Life.
We started the Keiko with a strong Kampai.
Sensei Marshall then talked about details and the many ways of performing Hachi Dan Gin (Japanese) - Ba Duan Jin (Chinese) - Eight Pieces of Brocade - Eight silk movements.
It is believed to been introduced by General Yeuh Fei during the Southern Sung dynasty (1127-1279 AD) to improve his soldiers health and fitness during their long campaigns - a simple but effective "kata" which could be done anywhere at any time. Until Shin-nen-keiko 2022, it's the only present "kata" in Yoshinken.
Then we entered Ritzu-Zen. Sensei Marshall did bunkai with everyone. We got valuable feedback with important details to follow up in our Keiko.
After Ritzu-Zen we did Yuri, Hai, Neri, Tanshu and Sui-shu. Sensei Marshall then introduced new ways to challenging our Ritzu-Zen and Tanshu. This time we worked with several partners together.
Shin-nen-keiko finished with a brunch. Sitting all together, eating and talking, after the first Keiko of the year, creates a good spirit between the members.
It's a great privilege and a great honor to be a part of the Yoshinken family and "To reproduce in Kei (thought) the past context (Ko) as far as possible and, in this re-created environment, practice with one's whole being and so progress on the path of the Do"
As "family members" of Yoshinken and as individuals, we will meet and face 12 new months of dynamics in Life.
To meet changes and turbulence, we have support in the principles of Yoshinken and Taikiken, which are to individually and actively develop your life energy ( Ki in Japanese or Qi in Chinese) in harmony with nature and your surroundings throughout your life.