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



新年明けましておめでとうございます。

国際空手道剛柔会役員、会員、御家族の皆さんに於かれましては健やかに新年を迎えられた事とお慶び申し上げます。

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。

主催国IKGAカナダのオーガナイズによって選手権大会は大成功を収めました。

IKGA各国から派遣されました役員、選手の皆さんは誇りある競技体験と参加者及びサポーター方々全員とで素晴らしい友好親善交流の役目を充分に果されました。

多くの出会いと楽しい想い出作りをされた事と思います。

国際大会開催と参加にご理解下さいました、IKGA役員、ブロック長、各国支部長、指導者各位そして開催国IKGAカナダ及びカナダ空手道連盟役員、審判員各位、ご支援下さいました関係各位には衷心より敬意と御礼を申し上げます。

競技大会の動画は全てユーチューブにて記録されておりますので御覧下さい。

選手権大会閉会式において、主管国カナダより次期開催国である日本に大会旗が引き継がれ、4年後

の再会を約束して無事閉会されました。

「第8回空手道剛柔会グローバル選手権大会」は2021年日本にて開催されます。

2020年開催、東京オリンピック・パラリンピックに向けてのカウントダウンは既に始まりましたが、その翌年開催の我らがIKGA世界大会を見据えて、私達は準備、計画を構築いたします。

「空手」が東京オリンピックにて正式種目に採用される事が決定してから空手道は世界から注目され、世界各国でトップアスリート育成に向けての強化をスタートさせております。

IKGAは山口剛玄会祖の教範を受け継ぐ世界の道士と共に競技による空手道の技術向上と魅力を体感し、国際イベント開催によって多くの青少年が国境を越えた空手道交流を通して、自信と相互信頼を育んで、世界平和と人間愛に目覚めて戴きたく心から願っております。

年頭にあたって、宜しくご理解、ご支援を賜ります様お願いを申し上げます。

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。

戊戌(つちのえいぬ)年は時代のニーズが大きく変化する年と言われています。

求められる価値観が変わる事から、時代から取り残されない様に周囲にも充分気を配りたいものです。

人類は永い歴史の中にあって発展し、様々な時代を築いてまいりましたが、現代の私達も又、自分自身を見失わない様、自己を高めて、時代に適合した生き方を模索しながら、より良い人生と将来を築き上げて戴きたく願っております。

今年も一歩ずつ確実にそして楽しく精進いたしましょう!

2018年 私の標語

不動の勇気 耐え忍ぶ勇気 進化する勇気

2018年1月1日

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