Spring Gasshuku 2017

The Spring Gasshuku is nearly upon us, this time promising to be better than ever. All students of the martial arts are cordially invited to join us in celebrating 40 years of the Washinkai Karate style.  Students and instructors from the Jávea and Benitachell Dojos will be accompanied by a large contingent of senior instructors from the UK led by Chief Instructor Shihan Chris Thomspon 9th Dan.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn martial arts and self-defense skills from the creator of the Internationally recognised Washinkai Style.  Students of Washinkai will be shown exactly how the techniques they have learned can be applied and the philosophy behind them.  It is also a wonderful opportunity for Sensei to assess and validate your own level of Karate.

There will be some background history, a demonstration of kata including advanced kata, as well as a chance to work with Senior Instructors from the UK.  During the event, there will be an opportunity to meet with Shihan Chris Thompson in person, where he will sign copies of his latest books. There is also an open invitation to join him for lunch during the break in Benitachell (not included in the course price). In addition to intensive training, there will be Dan gradings taking place on Thursday, where the Tribunal will be joined by Shihan Paco 7th Dan, who will be representing the Valencian Karate Federation.   Those attending the course will be able to see first hand what it takes to be promoted to Black Belt, something which normally takes place behind closed doors in Spain.  However, for Washinkai, guests are allowed to view the gradings in order to harmonise our grading system with the UK.  The Karate Kas’ from the Spanish Clubs who have been put up for grading include Heather Morton, for 1st Dan, Oscar Louis Morton for 2nd Dan and Lawrence Phillips for 2nd, Dan.  We wish them all success.  Details are on the poster image below.