|Javid (South Africa) and me at the Okinawa Budokan|
After a rather informal start, where everybody lined up in no particular order as far as rank or seniority was concerned, a couple of speeches were delivered. The first speech, by Miyazato Kancho, welcomed everybody to Okinawa, and the second by Tsuneo Kinjo sensei, outlined the purpose of the gathering and provided a few practical snippets of information regarding how the seminars were to be run. Once the speeches were over a general training session got under way that ran for two hours.
|Kihon is always a good way to begin|
|Kyu ranks and shodan's working on saifa kata|
|One of many line-ups|
With day one complete I was looking forward to dinner, and soon enough the Australian contingent, all seven of us, found ourselves gathered around a table eagerly waiting for our steaks to arrive...yum, yum!