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ACT karate students grading success at the 2023 Seiwakai Training Camp

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Goshukan Karate Academy Celebrates Success at the Annual Seiwakai Australia Training Camp

Goshukan Karate Academy ACT recently participated in the annual Seiwakai Australia Training Camp held in Wollongong from the 24th to the 26th of November, 2023. This year's camp exceeded expectations, providing our members with an exciting and educational experience. We were honoured to train with top Australian Shihan-kai and receive instruction from Rastislav Mraz Kyoshi Shihan, an 8th Dan Seiwakai instructor from Slovakia. We also had the privilege of having former WKF Australian Coach Ennio Anselmi Shihan, who delivered inspiring kumite lessons.

Representing Goshukan Karate Academy were 30 dedicated members from NSW, ACT, QLD, and TAS. Among them, eight members from the ACT attended, showcasing our academy's widespread presence and influence.

Nine members successfully achieved their next grade level during the camp, with five members proudly representing Goshukan Karate Academy ACT. Their achievements are a testament to their years of dedication, discipline, and commitment to self-improvement. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the following individuals on their Seiwakai/Goshukan Black Belt Grading achievements:

  1. Erkan Saygili: Godan - 5th Dan (NSW)
  2. Paul Ierna: Nidan - 2nd Dan (QLD)
  3. Trisha Endres: Shodan - 1st Dan (NSW)
  4. Saku Sunakawa: Shodan - 1st Dan (QLD)
  5. Toy Drake: Shodan - 1st Dan (ACT)
  6. Pat Maniyom: Shodan - 1st Dan (ACT)
  7. Biensy Knight: Shodan - 1st Dan (ACT)
  8. Justin Digglemann: Shodan - 1st Dan (ACT)
  9. Mick Baccon: Shodan - 1st Dan (ACT)

Following 15 hours of intensive training, our remarkable ACT-based students earned their prestigious 1st Dan Black Belts, marking a significant milestone in their martial arts journey. This achievement reflects their unwavering commitment, discipline, and indomitable spirit, embodying the essence of our club.

We express our sincere gratitude to some of the camp's senior instructors for acknowledging the high level of skill and quality of karate demonstrated by several of our ACT students. This recognition reinforces our commitment to maintaining the high standards set by our academy and nurturing individuals with exceptional character and skill.

Special thanks go to the parents of Biensy Knight and Pat Maniyom for their unwavering support, dedication, and commitment. Your role in shaping these remarkable individuals deserves special acknowledgment, and we are grateful for your encouragement.

Special thanks to our Chief Instructor

We extend our deepest appreciation to our incredible Chief Instructor, Shihan Stacey Karetsian. This achievement wouldn't have been possible without his deliberate guidance and support. Thank you, Shihan Stacey, for your tireless efforts in helping shape our individuals into the exceptional martial artists they have become.

Conclusion

The Seiwakai Australia Training Camp was a resounding success for Goshukan Karate Academy, with achievements that reflect our commitment to excellence and the indomitable spirit of our members. We look forward to continuing our journey, inspired and motivated by the remarkable experiences and accomplishments at the camp.

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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.
Reece Cummings
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.
黃永孚
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