Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018 New Year Message from Saiko Shihan Goshi Yamaguchi

Dear IKGA Officials, Directors, members and family members;

Happy New Year!

I hope you are all greeting the New Year in good health.

This past year, from September 28th to October 2nd, 2017, IKGA Canada hosted the 7th International Karate-do Goju-kai Association Global Championships, which are held every four years. IKGA Canada did a wonderful job as the host by organizing a successful tournament. Member countries from around IKGA dispatched officials, participants and supporters, who all worked diligently toward the development of wonderful friendships and goodwill exchanges.

I trust that everyone made good friends and lasting memories from your many encounters.

I wish to express my sincere gratitude toward all IKGA Officers, Bloc Directors, Country Shibucho, all instructors and IKGA Canada, as well as the Officers of Karate Canada and Karate Canada Officials, Tournament Volunteers and all support staff. Please accept my heartfelt thanks and respect.
The tournament has been posted to YouTube. Everyone is welcome to watch it there.

At the closing ceremonies, IKGA Canada presented the IKGA Flag to Japan, the next country in succession for hosting the tournament.

The 8th IKGA Global Championships will be held in 2021 in Japan. In 2020, Tokyo will host the Olympics and Paralympics. The countdown to the Games has already begun. In anticipation of hosting the IKGA World Competition the following year, we are already starting to plan. Karate has been adopted as an event at the Tokyo Olympics for the first time, and Karatedo will be showcased to the whole world. In anticipation, countries are starting train hard to develop their top athletes. IKGA is the evolution of Gogen Yamaguchi Kaiso's teaching, International 道士 Doushi (people who practice the same martial way), together with the technical improvements that come from competitive karate training. At international events, it is a good opportunity for children to gain confidence and mutual trust through the relationships developed in Karatedo. I hope that this will awaken world peace and human love for one another. As my New Year message, I want to encourage everyone to understand and support this wish.

The Japanese calendar, called 'Eto', consists of 12 Zodiac animals and five elements that control the structure of creation. The five elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold and Water. Combined, these form a 60-year cycle. The 2018 Eto is the dog 戊戌, called Tsuchinoeinu. The Year of Tsuchinoeinu is said to be a year in which the needs of the times will see big changes. As values change, we have to be careful to pay attention to our surroundings so as not to be left behind the times. Human beings have developed a long history, and lived through many eras. In the modern era, we should not lose confidence in ourselves. We should build ourselves up by exploring life and adapting to the times, to build a better life and future.

Let's enjoy this year also, step by step.

My slogan for 2018 is:
不動の勇気 Fudo no Yuuki, Immovable Courage,
耐え忍ぶ勇気 Taeshinobu Yuuki, Enduring Courage,
進化する勇気 Shinkasuru Yuuki. Evolving Courage.

IKGA President, Saiko Shihan, Goshi Yamaguchi
1st January, 2018



昨年はIKGA 4年毎の国際大会の年にあたり「第7回空手道剛柔会グローバル選手権大会」として2017年9月28日から10月2日までカナダ リッチモンド オリンピックオーバルで実施されました。













日本の干支は12種の動物と万物を構成、支配すると言われる五つ元素 木・火・土・金・水を組み合わせて60年間隔で区切っております。2018年の干支は戊戌(つちのえいぬ)の年と呼びます。





2018年 私の標語

不動の勇気 耐え忍ぶ勇気 進化する勇気


国際空手道剛柔会 会長・最高師範 山口剛史

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

7th Karate-do Goju-kai Global Championships

The 7th Karate-do Goju-kai Association Global Championships, which began on September 28, 2017, concluded safely on October 1, 2017.The tournament saw 23 countries participate in the spirit of friendship, respect and sportsmanship as competitors sought to achieve medals.

I am thankful for the help that the Canadian Karate federation officials provided to our championships. It was a great help in the development of our competitors.

I also wish to express my thanks to all the IKGA member countries for their support of these championships. We were honoured that they were able to send their delegations of both competitors and officials.

Preparations for this tournament took a long time to plan and organize. Thank you to all the organizing committee and staff of the host country Canada for all your hard work.

I am especially thankful for the hard work of the medical staff, who were quick to act to ensure the safety and health of all the competitors.

At the conclusion of this sporting event, I was impressed by the individual honour and national pride expressed by each competitor as they congratulated each other on the medal podium.

Karatedo has been admitted to the Olympic Games that will be held in Tokyo in 2020 as a demonstration sport.

All IKGA members can see the basis and aim of sporting events is brotherly love and harmony. At the same time, Budo’s aim is the “way of knowing oneself”, and for each person to progress in their humanity through these exchanges.

In 2021, the 8th IKGA Global Championships in succession will be held in Tokyo, Japan. I am looking forward to meeting everyone again after 4 more years of growth and progress.

Goshi Yamaguchi, Saiko Shihan
President of IKGA