Well it’s over, Christmas and the new year celebrations are slowly becoming a distant memory. 2015 was a big year for Göteborgs Karate Kai, we celebrated our 50 years anniversary and it was fifty years ago i walked into a dojo.
I cannot even start to sum up what has been achieved in the Dojo over the last fifty years perhaps the fact that we are still going strong says it all.
The first part of 2015 was taken up with organizing the 50 year party, which was held in June with about 150 guests, some from Norway, Spain and of course Shihan Heath from Wales.
Presentations were given, speeches made and some light entertainment was provided by some students.
We also had guest trainers from Brazilian jiu jitsu and a personal trainer who gave us some tips on weight training. At the end of the year three students went to Japan to try for their next Dan grade, Sensei Theresa, Sensei Luis who both succeeded for 4th Dan and Sensei George who succeeded for 5th Dan, which makes him a Shihan. The first one we have produced in 50 years, so I guess you could say that at GKK it takes 50 years to make a 5th Dan.
Most people would talk about how many champions they have or how many competitions they have won but maybe it’s better to think of all the people that have been helped by the training they received. As a dojo we are still going strong and most new members come to us by word of mouth and the old students who have stopped training bring their children to train.
That must say something about Kyokushin Karate and the dojo when parents bring what could be the next generation to the dojo.