韓国釜山セミナー


韓国釜山セミナー11月18日(日)、韓国釜山市内において緑健児代表セミナーが開催され約100名の参加者が楽しくも厳しい稽古に汗を流した。このセミナーを主催したのが韓国支部長の金一男参段。これまで選手として、世界大会やアジア大会にも出場するなど優秀な成績を収める空手家だ。なかでも2008年にはアジア大会中量級を制覇したことは記憶に新しく、今は釜山に4箇所の道場を開き、活発な活動を継続しており、日本での修行歴も豊富だ。
今回のセミナーは同支部長が韓国での新極真カラテの一層の発展を期して開催したもの。「空手を通じた日韓の友好、武道を通じた世界の平和に尽力する必要がある」とは緑代表の談。その日本からは木元理事と小井事務局長が同行するだけでなく、韓国ビジネスにも精通する当会支援者の奥井正彦相談役(東京北西支部)も友情訪韓を果たした。
セミナーは同日の午前と午後の二部制をとった。午前は基本や移動、型の稽古や動作のすり合わせをし、昇段審査を受ける者には型の特別稽古を行った。また午後は緑代表の組手テクニックや木元師範の突きテクニックを中心にした稽古を行い、時間は瞬く間に過ぎ去った。緑代表の公式訪韓が初めての今回、このセミナーには当会をはじめ極真館や極真連合会、また空道といった極真関連諸派からの参加も目立つなど、その注目度の高さをうかがわせた。セミナー終了後に、場所を本部道場に移して行われた昇段審査では弐段への挑戦者の審査が行われた。時おり、緑代表から厳しい指導があるも、挑戦者たちは一層の気合で期待に応える。見事、全員昇段を果たしてくれた。一連のセミナーや昇段審査といった公式行事を終えた緑代表は「韓国支部は若い金支部長を中心に、非常によくまとまっている。また、優秀で温かい支援者にも多数恵まれて金支部長を盛り上げてくれている。今後の一層の発展を期待させた。近い将来は韓国最大の都市であるソウルへの道場展開や、アジア大会の開催といった目標を実現して欲しい。若くて強い、そして実行力のある金支部長に大きな飛躍を期待して止まない」と。
金支部長が釜山で道場を開設してからの道は平たんではなかった。日本と韓国の文化や歴史の違いといった見えない壁には何度も直面した。今、そうした苦労が実り、大きな飛躍への一歩を踏み出そうとしている。
日本にとって韓国はとても大切な国であるが、両国には共に力を合わせて解決しなければならない外交課題がある。私たち空手家は空手を通じて日韓友好を高めることに注力したい。時間をかけて互いが互いの想いを理解して、ともにこうした課題を乗り越えていくことを強く願うばかり。(新極真会広報)

Korean Karate Seminar 2012

A seminar led by President Kenji Midori was held in Pusan, Korea on November 18th (Sun.), and over 100 participants enjoyed their hard training.

This seminar was organized by Il-Nam Kim 3rd Dan, Branch Chief of Korea. He is a Karate-ka with a great career as a competitor, participating in past World Championships and Asia Championships. In 2008, he was the winner of the Middleweight Category at the Asia Championship. He has vast experience of training in Japan, and he is now actively promoting WKO in his 4 dojos in Pusan.

This seminar was organized by Branch Chief Kim, with the wish to further promote Shinkyokushin Karate in Korea. President Midori stated that “There is a need to work for Japan-Korea friendship through Karate, and world peace through Budo”. Not only did WKO Board Member Kimoto and WKO Executive Director Koi accompany President Midori, but Adviser Masahiko Okui (Tokyo Hokusei Branch), a supporter of Shinkyokushinkai who is familiar with Korean Business, also made the friendly visit to Korea.

The seminar was divided into two parts, the morning and the afternoon. In the morning session, the Kihon, Ido, and Kata trainings were confirmed, and there was a special Kata training for those taking the Dan test. In the afternoon session, the trainings were centered around the Kumite techniques of President Midori, and the Tsuki (Punch) techniques of Shihan Kimoto, and time seemed to pass so fast. This being the first official visit of President Midori to Korea, in addition to members from Shinkyokushinkai, members from Kyokushin related groups such as Kyokushin-kan, Kyokushin Union, and Kudo participated in the seminar, displaying the high level of attention towards this event. Members challenging for the 2nd Dan were tested at the Grading Exam held after the seminar, held at the Honbu Dojo of the Korea Branch. Although there were times where President Midori gave strict guidance, the challengers responded to the high expectation with great Kiai (spirit). All members successfully passed the exam. President Midori, after finishing all official events such as the seminar and exam, commented “The Korea Branch is a closely knit group, led by the young Branch Chief Kim. He is also blessed by many warm and capable supporters, who do their best to support him. In the near future, I hope he will achieve goals such as opening a dojo in Seoul, the largest city in Korea, and hosting the Asia Championship. I have great expectations for the young, strong, and active Branch Chief Kim.”

The path after opening a dojo in Pusan, was not always smooth for Branch Chief Kim. On many occasions, he faced invisible barriers, such as cultural and historical differences between Japan and Korea. Such hardships have now paid off, and he is about to make the first step toward great growth.

Although Korea is an important country for Japan, there are diplomatic issues that need be solved together by both countries. We Karate-ka would like to focus on further improving the Japan-Korea friendship through Karate. We sincerely hope that through time, these issues can be solved through the mutual understanding of each other’s thoughts and feelings. (Shinkyokushinkai Public Relations)

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