Another kyu victory for Jonathan! He successfully passed his examination for 4th kyu on 26 July.
|50th anniversary group|
On June 19, 2022 Atsugi Doin (Kanagawa, Japan) celebrated its 50th annversary with current members, OB, supporters and family members.
The Doin-cho of Atsugi Doin is Hiate sensei, 8th Dan. His great efforts in founding and leading Atsugi Doin for so many years are truly astonishing, particularly considering his roles in managing other branches (including Tokai University Branch, Atsugi Tamagawa Juniors Branch), teaching at Busen throughout Japan most weekends and serving as a Hombu Shidoin and examiner.
|Hiate sensei demonstrates technique|
In 1985, Toronto Branch Master John McCulloch had the priviledge of studying under Hiate sensei at Tokai University Branch and Atsugi Doin. Since then, Hiate sensei has given Toronto Branch huge support and has travelled here to teach on four occasions, including two WSKO seminars.
|Video message from Toronto Branch|
We wish to send our heartfelt congratulations to Hiate sensei and the members of Atusgi Doin on this historic achievement!
More grading successes at Toronto Branch:
Jonathan passed his examination for 5th Kyu on March 12, 2022.
John McCulloch passed the examination for Hokai rank Junhanshi on February 25, 2022.
We look forward to more members advancing in the coming months.
We were delighted to return to the dojo in November 2021 after a very long pandemic break.
Unfortunately, our joy turned out to be shortlived as the Omicron wave caused a shutdown of all gyms in Ontario.
Today we were back in action for the first time after relxation of the Omicron restrictions and it was a wonderful experience!
We hope that our training can now continue without interruption.
Toronto Branch had the distinct honour of conducting Chinkon-gyo at the January 22, 2022 WSKO Official Online Seminar.
In common with previous WSKO online seminars, this event was attended by members from WSKO branches all over the world.
Arai Shoji sensei led the kihon section and initial hokei instruction.
Kawashima sensei followed with an in-depth review of technical questions sent in by members.
We would like to thank WSKO Hombu for making this event (and other online seminars) possible during the current pandemic restrictions.