Pelle and Erik got Third Place on the National Taikai

Erik and Pelle with their medals

Erik and Pelle with their medals

On Saturday November 19 there was the Swedish national taikai in Shorinji Kempo. From Karlstad we had Pelle Svensson and Eric Öhrn entering the yūdansha (black belts) category and they placed themselves in third place. Apart from Embu competition, it was also an all-day training for all who didn’t enter the competition.

Both the competition and the training was held in Lijeholmshallen in Stockholm. The competition was divided into two categories, one category of yūdansha (those who have a black belt) and one category for kyūkenshi (those who do not have a black belt).

The result from the embu competition was:

Yūdansha

  1. Alexander Tilly & Pontus Haglund, Stockholm Södra
  2. Arnaud Tiquet & Joakim Englander, Göteborg
  3. Per Svensson & Erik Öhrn, Karlstad

Kyūkenshi

  1. Bob & Pontus, Stockholm Södra
  2. David Falk & André Falk, Stockholm Södra
  3. Anders & Andreas, Stockholm Södra
All that won prices at the Swedish national Taikai 2011

All that won prices at the Swedish national Taikai 2011

The award of “Best Club”, which was established in 2009 by the Shorinji Kempo Gothenburg and is awarded to the branch that ranks best in total during the national taikai under a special scoring system, this year the Stockholm Södra shibu. Good work by the Stockholm södra branch that had many participants, hopefully, a lot more kenshi will take on the challenge and try to win the trophy for their branch next year.

Here are some pictures from the event

Pontus throws Alex with sode maki gaeshi

Pontus throws Alex with sode maki gaeshi

Here is a video of the winning embu:

Arnaud and Joakim - tobigeri

Arnaud and Joakim – tobigeri

Pelle does ura gatame on Erik

Pelle does ura gatame on Erik

Erik throws Pelle with maki otoshi

Erik throws Pelle with maki otoshi

Pelle shows his "fighting face"

Pelle shows his “fighting face”

Here are a few more pictures from the embu competition.

 

Not only Competition

It was not the only competitions during the day, but also a full day of training. Before the competition, while the competitors and the judges prepared, Viktor Karlholm together with Per Lindblom held a session on Embu for those who did not compete.

After the competitions and lunch the afternoon was divided into four sessions with four different instructors. Boban Mladenovic-sensei held a session on gōhō and applications. He also talked about the importance of mekubari and focus when using one’s techniques.

Boban-sensei teaching about gōhō and how to apply gōhō hōkei

Boban-sensei teaching about gōhō and how to apply gōhō hōkei

Next session was held by Leif Kekonius-sensei. This session focused on different types of ashi barai and a variety of interesting exercises to practice this.

Leif-sensei teaching about different types of ashi barai

Leif-sensei teaching about different types of ashi barai

 

Anders Pettersson Sensei held a session on the various principles we have in jūhō and how easy it is to learn new hōkei if you’ve understood the principle of the technique.

Anders-sensei teaching, here together with Arnaud Tiquet

Anders-sensei teaching, here together with Arnaud Tiquet

The last session of the day was held by Alexander Tilly-sensei, and he went through some more advanced techniques and how to switch the technique if the opponent reacts and try to prevent the technique one is doing.

Alexander-sensei teaching

Alexander-sensei teaching

 

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