November 25, 2008

2nd Annual SKO Taikai

On Saturday October 25, 2008 members of Shorinji Kempo Ontario branches gathered at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in North York for the 2nd Annual SKO Taikai.

Taikai are a valuable opportunity for Shorinji Kempo members to display the fruits of their hard work and increase the bonds of friendship between branches.

The panel of judges

The event consisted of tandoku embu (single form) and kumi embu (pair form) sections divided according to rank.

Tal - tandoku embu

In addition, members from Toronto Branch and Yorkville Branch gave demonstrations of goho randori (sparring). Our branch members used the double-layer safety equipment from Hombu which allows for vigorous practice while maintaining safety.

Goho randori with protectors (Tony & Tal)

Isabel - tandoku embu

Isabel of Toronto Branch was awarded 2nd place in the Adult Dan Grade Tandoku Embu category.

Overall, the Taikai ran very smoothly and everyone enjoyed having a chance to participate.

We look forward to the 3rd SKO Taikai in 2009.

We hope you enjoy our photos of the event.

Tony - tandoku embu

A full report on the event was recently published on the WSKO website.

Stew - tandoku embu

The participating Toronto Branch kenshi