Nog meer Budosai nieuws: Op het internationale Budosai event in Okinawa heeft Higaonna Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura Sensei uit Canada aangewezen als zijn opvolger als IOGKF World Chief Instructor. Sensei Ernie Molyneux uit Engeland en Sensei Henrik Larsen uit Denemarken zullen zijn Vice Chief Instructors worden .

Nakamura Sensei op de website van de IOGFK: “It is a great honour that I was appointed as the Chief Instructor of IOGKF. At the same time, I feel the great responsibility that comes with being chosen as a leader for my generation .

The IOGKF was established in 1979 by Morio Higaonna Sensei to preserve traditional Goju-Ryu which was handed down from the founder, Chojun Miyagi Sensei. Higaonna Sensei and many senior IOGKF instructors such as Sensei Bakkies Laubscher, Kazuo Terauchi Sensei, the late Sensei Leon Pantanowitz and more, have worked hard to build the IOGKF we have now.

I believe that the IOGKF is the best karate organization in the world. We are not the biggest, but we have a very high quality of karate as our main focus is the quality, not quantity. Also, we have a great relationship among our members. It is Higaonna Sensei’s humanity that created such a wonderful relationship and atmosphere among our members, a fine balance and mixture of family atmosphere and respect.

Higaonna Sensei commented in his greeting at the World Budosai, “It is important for the development of Okinawa Goju-ryu to trust in the next generation and pass the responsibility on to them. I believe this is the time”.

I am still young and still have a lot to learn as a karate-ka as well as a person. However, I am not alone. Sensei Ernie Molyneux and Sensei Henrik Larsen are with me as Vice Chief Instructors. I have Sensei Bakkies Laubscher and Kazuo Terauchi Sensei as technical advisors. I have many fine instructors in my generation that I can call as friends, brothers and sisters. Together, I believe that we can carry on the legacy to the next generation.

I commit myself to spend my whole life to preserve traditional Goju-ryu and to do my best to further develop the IOGKF. I would humbly like to ask for your support.”

July 2012

Tetsuji Nakamura
IOGKF Chief Instructor

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