For the second year running, Limassol in Cyprus was the venue for this special training seminar hosted by Mizuno Sensei. Aimed primarily at yudansha, but open to all grades, the seminar was designed to rapidly increase technical ability by concentrated training in a short period.
17 kenshi attended, including 2 from the Czech Republic and Switzerland, to enjoy 6 mornings of detailed examination of the basic principles of goho and juho, as well as rarely experienced appo and kappo techniques. The thorough insight into the fundamental properties of movement and technique gained in this one week of training would normally take months or even years to attain.
Cyprus is particularly pleasant at this time of year, and the weather, sunny and warm without being excessively hot, allowed outdoor shakujo training every afternoon. The variety of uncrowded venues, mostly beaches but on one occasion a mountain forest, provided safe locations for this rarely practised activity. Those kenshi attending for the second year practised more advanced kata, while those for whom this was the first Cyprus trip quickly became familiar with shakujo kihon and basic kata.
The whole week was an immensely valuable and enjoyable experience, and is set to become a regular feature in the BSKF calendar. Special thanks are due once again to our resident kenshi, and one of Mizuno Sensei’s longest standing students, Telis Papadopoulos, for arranging the venues and ensuring everything went smoothly.