|Photo courtesy of Rick Hand|
|Kawashima-sensei (photo: Rick Hand)|
|Arai-sensei (photo: Rick Hand)|
|Demonstration by Kawashima-sensei|
|Tal & Brian|
|Toronto Branch members with the Hombu teachers (photo: Rick Hand)|
During each day of the Study Session, Kawashima-sensei provided lectures on topics drawn from his experience and our philosophy. In addition, time was spent reviewing plans for the World Taikai in California next year.
On the Saturday, Alberta Branch provided a wonderful social event at the Toque Bar in Banff. A fun aspect of the event was the presentation of the famous Alberta white hats to the WSKO Instructors! All delegates greatly enjoyed the chance to mingle and relax with fellows from all across our continent.
|The white hats!|
The final day of the activities was the 5th North American Shorinji Kempo Taikai held at the Banff High School. The event began in an impressive way with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police ("Mounties") escorting in the national flag of Canada prior to singing the national anthem.
As for the Taikai itself, the sections were
- tandoku embu (single form)
- kumi embu (pair form)
- dantai embu (group)
- unyo'ho (sparring)
All of us from Toronto Branch had a wonderful time in Banff and wish to express our sincere gratitude to Noda-sensei, the kenshi of Alberta Branch and all their supporters for their painstaking efforts in organizing these events and for all the kindness and support they extended to all delegates.
|McKaiso (photo: Rick Hand)|