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Preparations for a 50th anniversary in martial arts

“[…] In 1964 Shihan Jhonny Bernaschewice took his first steps into the martial arts underneath the crypta of the church in Genk […].“ Many people have influenced his way since that day.

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Shihan Jhonny Bernaschewice (doing Ukemi) during a training session in Genk (late 1960s)

“[…] Many students had the opportunity to learn from him. He is a remarkable Sensei in many ways, never walks the expected paths, yet he looks for his students with unbearable patience.[…]”

How could you possibly think about honouring Shihan Jhonny Bernaschewice and what is the appropriate approach to 50 years of experience and knowledge? A question that was not easy to answer. It took me a while to figure out how to approach this. With the help and ideas of our Shihans I managed to set up a frame in which this could happen. We knew that titles and graduations were not the appropriate way to honour our Sensei. So I thought about having a gathering of people that have influenced Shihan Jhonny in those 50 years. Easier said than done!

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Instructor Seminar 2014

Shihan Ebbe Kristensen from Odense, Denmark, led this year’s instructor seminar of the Federation Geido Tao Chi Kihon at the Hombo Dojo in Hechtel, Belgium. His topic was EBO-NO-KATA and NE-WAZA-Kata, how to use the katas and the meaning of them, and how we could implement them and the flower model in Chi Ryu Aiki-Jitsu.

The seminar started on Thursday May 29th 2014 with an introduction about the people who created the katas, Mario Den Edel and Wim Boesman. With both Katas being self-defense katas, the ebo-no-kata consists of standing attacks (in total 20, of which 3 are performed with a knife and 2 with a hanbo.) and the Ne-waza-kata is performed on the ground by either being pushed or kicked down or being strangled. After Shihan Ebbe’s one hour short talk we had a warm up with JJIF-fighting. We then moved on with the first technique from the Ebo-no-kata. During the training on Thursday we got through the first ten Techniques from the kata and had the opportunity to study them thoroughly.

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