Karate Goju Ryu Seiwakai Seminar in Ścinawa was hosted by Shihan Pál Gila 7 Dan on 8th-9th of June 2019. 48 disciples from Hungary, Germany and Poland took part in the course. The two-hour-long trainings were split into two parts: for the beginners and for the brown and black belts.
Shihan Pál Gila taught kata, bunkai and fighting techniques. There were many interesting and important details that Shihan passed on to the advanced participants. The disciples practiced kata: Gekisai Dai Ichi, Gekisai Dai Ni, Saifa, Seiyunchin, Sanseru, Shisochin, Seipai, Tensho, Sanchin.
The techniques that are a part of Sanchin kata have fundamental meaning for Goju Ryu. The time and speed of doing kata is also substantial. Kata Sanchin is performed while all the muscles are tightened to the maximum, which is connected with a way of breathing specific only for Goju Ryu. Practicing this kata helps to develop concentration, fighting spirit but, most importantly, increases endurance during a fight. When mastered allows the performer to take blows without being harmed in any way. Surely enough, all the participants could have got a deeper understanding of the twists and turns of this kata.
Shihan Pál Gila also taught how to maintain a determined look (readiness to fight), to pay attention to the proper posture (technical maturity), energetic techniques (expression of hard work), consistent zanshin (alertness). The whole scheme has been carried out with the disciples.
At the end of the seminar an examination was conducted, in which 11 participants took part. Everyone successfully passed the exam and raised their rank.
We, organizers and all of the participants, are very grateful for the knowledge passed by Shihan Pál Gila and for all the detailed explanations which allowed us to enlarge our cognizance and skills.