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Ben Sensei and his sister, Marie-Angela Sensei at Edion Arena in Osaka, Japan

Karate in Japan

A Journey of Dedication and Achievement

Karate, a martial art that embodies discipline, perseverance, and continuous improvement, found its moment of glory in the heart of Japan. In a tale of sweat, dedication, and triumph between the 9th and 20th of August 2023, members of the Goshukan Karate Academy embarked on an extraordinary journey that led them to the land where this ancient martial art originated. In this blog, we'll delve into their remarkable adventure, focusing on their experiences, challenges, and triumphs.

A Land of Tradition and Excellence

Japan, the birthplace of martial arts, holds a special place in the hearts of karate enthusiasts worldwide. It was here that members of the Goshukan Karate Academy embarked on a journey of a lifetime, enduring over 40 hours of intense karate training over 10 days. The pinnacle of this adventure was the Dan testing, which encompassed both Seiwakai Goju-Ryu Karate-do and the Japan Karate-do Federation Gojukai.

Meeting the Champions, Ohno Hiraku and Kakeru Nishiyama

Among the numerous memorable moments during their stay in Japan, none shone brighter than the opportunity to learn from the All Japan Kata Champions, Ohno Hiraku and Kakeru Nishiyama. These two legendary figures graced the seminar in Omagari, sharing their wisdom and expertise with the eager students. It was a transformative experience that left an indelible mark on everyone fortunate enough to be present.

The Test of Endurance and Battling the Elements

As the days passed, the relentless Japanese summer took its toll, with temperatures soaring above 38 degrees Celsius at times. The sweltering heat made the training even more challenging, testing the physical and mental fortitude of the participants. Some faced the adversity head-on, while others required medical attention for heat-related issues. It was a testament to their determination that they pushed through, regardless of the challenges.

Triumph Over Adversity: Achieving New Ranks

The fatigue and exhaustion that had been building up finally reached its peak on the ninth day. Despite feeling light-headed, the participants gathered at the Edion Arena Osaka training hall, drawing strength from deep, focused breathing. This determination persisted into the final day, which also happened to be the JKF rank testing day. In the face of adversity, the Goshukan members not only persevered but excelled, earning their ranks in front of esteemed Japanese karate practitioners in JKF Gojukai.

A Gratitude-filled Journey

Amidst the trials and triumphs, one thing remained constant – the unwavering support and camaraderie among the participants. Their mentor, Shihan Stacey Karetsian, played a pivotal role in guiding them throughout this incredible journey. Each member expressed heartfelt gratitude to those who believed in them, acknowledging that their achievements were made possible by the collective strength and encouragement of their karate family.

Success at the Seiwakai Grading

The grueling six days of training paid off as several participants successfully tested and passed their next grade. The list of accomplished individuals includes Richard Harrison and Mari Harrison, both achieving the prestigious 4th Dan, and Megan Roberts, who earned her 1st Dan. Their unwavering commitment to their craft shone through, resulting in well-deserved promotions.

Achievements in JKF Gojukai

Fortunate to have narrowly avoided Typhoon Lan, the participants continued to make waves in the world of karate. The newly minted JKF Goju Kai grades received high praise from top Seiwakai and JKF Master Instructors. Nick Naudy, Mari Harrison, Richard Harrison, Ben Brillante, Marie-Angela Pope, Amir Bar, and Megan Roberts all achieved their respective Dan ranks. Their dedication and hard work bore fruit, a testament to their commitment to the art of karate.

Karate is a Journey of Continuous Learning

Karate is more than a martial art; it's a lifelong journey of self-improvement. Grading serves as a vital component of this journey, providing feedback and fostering humility. The pressure of grading reminds practitioners of their humanity and their commitment to personal development. Each step on this path tests patience and resolve, making the journey all the more rewarding. Karate isn't about the destination; it's about the continuous pursuit of improvement.

A New Beginning

In the world of karate, there is no true end. Each new belt or rank symbolizes a fresh start, a new milestone to aim for. This unwavering dedication to self-improvement is what keeps karate practitioners motivated and excited about the journey ahead. It's the thrill of the unknown, the challenge of overcoming obstacles, and the joy of personal growth.

In conclusion, the journey to Japan for the members of Goshukan Karate Academy was a testament to their dedication, resilience, and love for the art of karate. They endured scorching heat, pushed through exhaustion, and emerged victorious, achieving new ranks and reaffirming their commitment to continuous learning. Their journey serves as an inspiration to all aspiring karate practitioners, proving that with unwavering dedication, anything is possible. Karate is not just a martial art; it's a journey of self-discovery and relentless pursuit of excellence.

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I have trained with Sensei Ben on multiple occasions, and each time he has shown to be a proficient practitioner and competent instructor. I encourage anyone in the area to consider his dojo. Context: I am not a student, but another martial arts school owner.
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Reece Cummings
5 March 2024
Exceptional Karate Dojo Transforming Lives! We've been part of Goshukan Karate Academy for nearly a year now, and the positive impact it has had on my daughter's life is truly remarkable. Sensei Ben is not just an expert in karate but also an outstanding mentor who exudes professionalism in every aspect. Under his guidance, my daughter has not only honed her physical strength and self-defence skills but has also experienced a significant boost in confidence. The supportive and nurturing environment of the dojo has played a pivotal role in shaping her personality positively and it stands out as the only after-school activity that has made such a profound difference for us (and we've tried many!). Our heartfelt gratitude to the entire team for creating a space where personal growth is not just encouraged but celebrated. This dojo truly deserves its spot among the best, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a transformative and enriching martial arts journey.
Jenny Shaviv
Jenny Shaviv
13 January 2024
Great Sensei,Good Groupe and learning.
Davinder Singh
Davinder Singh
23 August 2023
A good place to cultivate kids’ sport spirit, guts, and manner.
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黃永孚
15 June 2023
This dojo inspires, and is committed to students moving forward, regardless of where they are in their karate journey. The emphasis is on understanding what you’re doing and why; integrating your mind and body.
N Carnahan
N Carnahan
17 February 2023
Led by a very knowledgeable instructor in a family friendly environment of learning that doesn't compromise on the rigour or the finer points of the Go-Ju ryue karate-do. I am an adult with some prior exposure to the art. I joined the do-jo for health reasons along with my desire to advance in the art. Beginner classes have a diverse student body ranging from white belts to a couple of black belts enabling me to advance at my phase without having a shortage of support such as sparing partners. I recommend without reservations.
Sudantha Balage
Sudantha Balage
5 February 2023
Goshukan Karate Canberra has helped me begin my karate journey and gain confidence, fitness and greater mind body awareness. Goshukan Canberra also has a number of highly accomplished practitioners who are passionate about helping fellow students and providing a very welcoming atmosphere.
Beau Olsen
Beau Olsen
5 February 2023
After two years with no training, I came to Goshukan Karate Academy Canberra as almost a beginner again. It has been a wonderful experience to renew training and to have the help provided by Sensei Ben to overcome the differences from the style I trained in for the past 20 years. The support and camaraderie has been fantastic, and while the differences present a major challenge, I know I am making headway thanks to Sensei Ben and the Canberra team. Thank you for allowing me to train with with.
Tony Blackie
Tony Blackie
5 February 2023
GOSHUKA Karate Academy is one of the best in Canberra. Sensai Ben and his team teach you with a very high standard. If you a beginner or on black belt they respect you all the same and the students leave with more and more confidence after each class. I highly recommend them.
Aleksandar Trpeski
Aleksandar Trpeski
23 January 2022
Traditional Karate with a modern and practical approach. It's attention on what's important and high standard make it a significant level up from some other karate clubs around town.
Ben Pfitzner
Ben Pfitzner
7 January 2022