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An open-minded and international perspective: the way we all should walk

According to the Budo Charter drawn up in 1987 by Nippon Budō Kyōgikai, it is important that teachers and students “maintain an open-minded and international perspective” in their martial practice. The reason why is simple: keeping this kind of attitude, both the conservation and the evolution and progress of any art are more effectively guaranteed. This is the way it goes in all fields of knowledge: science, art, and technology tend to flourish and prosper where there is more openness, exchange, comparison, dialogue, sharing. Karate is no exception. And that’s one of the reasons why we love to participate in the seminars and training organized by Roberto Danubio sensei.

This time it was a training dedicated to the preparation of the exams from 1st to 5th dan which took place in the Danubio’s beautiful Renshin Kan traditional dojo in Weinfelden, Switzerland. In order to benefit from those three hours of lessons and practice, we left Italy at dawn and once in Switzerland, as every time, we were able to enjoy the superb welcome of Danubio’s family and all his other students, practitioners, and assistants.

Danubio sensei has been able to create over time a kind of extended family that gathers students and instructors of the JKF Wadokai from all over Europe and which, in addition to his well-known qualities as a teacher and great expert in Wado, constitutes an astonishing added value. Every event he organizes, whether it is the Summer Camp (six days of full immersion karate training in a kind of sports paradise on the Swiss Alps), the Wado Spirit (a beautiful seminar that every year combines practice, exams, and conviviality), preparatory training for exams or a simple daily training, always turns into an opportunity for growth, comparison and deepening into the karate knowledge that cannot leave anyone indifferent.

During this specific training, Danubio sensei made us concentrate on the two-persons exercises to deepen the principles of Kihon Kumite, then he moved on to the Kata and, only at the end, to the practice of Kihon, in a kind of backward path that has led us to new meanings for those gestures which, after so many years of practice, could risk to wrongly be taken for granted. And also this time we’ve come back home with a new set of exercises and useful tips both for us and, in cascade, for our students. With the pleasant feeling of having taken a further step in understanding Wadoryu, walking on an authentically open and wide international dimension. A dimension from which, we can assure you, it is impossible to go back and which we will never stop recommending to anyone aiming to set out on a sincere path of technical and martial growth.

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Shingo Ohgami, 8th dan JKF Wadokai, passed away

With profound sorrow we learn of the death of an extraordinary man, one of the most prepared, educated and available masters in the world of karate and a true Wadoryu legend: Shingo Ohgami sensei passed away after a long illness he never allowed to tarnish his authentic budoka spirit.

A very attentive, thoughtful and highly erudite teacher (not only of martial arts), he leaves an indelible mark in the European and global Wadoryu. As an author of two fundamental texts about karate, despite his popularity and although being universally recognized as one of the major authorities of traditional martial arts, on every occasion he never failed to amaze people with his humility and the refined, cordial simplicity of his manners.

He leaves an unbridgeable gap. But also a great technical and spiritual heritage, a guide and an example for every budoka. We at WKSI will do our best to honor it. In the meanwhile, our thoughts go to the family and his many students, including our friend and master Roberto Danubio sensei. To all of them, expressing our condolences, we ideally stand by, clinging to each other in an embrace.

Riccardo RitaShingo Ohgami, 8th dan JKF Wadokai, passed away
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PRIME and inclusive martial arts. The web site and the Guide for Coaches are online

As you have already had the chance to learn about this project, PRIME – Participation, Recreation and Inclusion through Martial Arts Education is co-funded by the European Union Programme ERASMUS+, and intends to develop a high-quality coaching framework to encourage the participation of people with disabilities in martial arts in Europe.

PRIME framework is the first in its kind, and falls under the context of theEuropean Qualification Framework (EQF) and of other internationals standards in the sector, such as the International Sport Coaching Framework.

WKSI – Wadokai Karatedo Shingitai Italia, official branch of JKF Wadokai and sports association acknowledged by CONI, affiliated to the sports promotion organization CSEN and registered at Italy’s Ministry of Labour and Social Policiesas Social Promotion Associationis the only Italian partner of PRIME. Thanks to our on-the-field experience e.g. the project Abili al Karate, we could provide an extremely relevant contribution to drawing up the guide-lines for martial arts coaches.

The PRIME web site available at https://www.martialarts-prime.com is delivered in four languages, English, French, German and Italian.

We heartily recommend all karate, judo, aikido, jujutsu, kung-fu coaches, and in general coaches of martial arts and combat sports to download the Guide for Coaches in PDF. This is a very useful tool, which may even resolve related issues for all those who teach or wish to teach students with disabilities.

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Inclusive coaching for the martial arts. The PRIME project final round

The final event of the EU Project PRIME (Participation, Recreation and Inclusion through Martial Arts Education) was held in Tralee, Ireland, on 3 December 2018. WKSI is a partner of PRIME, ICSSPE the lead partner. The general objective is to develop an ad-hoc coaching framework to encourage the participation of people with disabilities in martial arts in Europe.

The final event was an occasion for the project partners, keynote speakers and guests from the coaching sector to discuss and share opinions and ideas on the state of the art of inclusive coaching for the martial arts in Europe, as well as on the crucial role of such an adapted framework for inclusive coaches and clubs.

The PRIME framework and website will be available in January 2019, in particular the website will be an “incubator in progress” for a wide range of information and resources concerning inclusive martial arts coaching and will stay on-line for the following 5 years.

The coaching framework developed by the PRIME project is bound to be the first in its kind in Europe, and is extremely relevant for coaches and clubs who are inclusive or who want to become inclusive. With a range of information from the basics of coaching, to the policy background on inclusion through sport and gender equality, an outline of the main impairments, to very practical hints on how to train people with disabilities, the paper fits into a scenario where a shared methodology is still lacking. The overall information delivered can be of guidance to coaches who deal with teaching people with different abilities, and we have a duty to disseminate it through our networks as largely as possible.

The framework is available in 4 languages, namely English, German, Italian and French, and this will allow to reach out a broad target audience who could put the content into real practice in varied contexts. WKSI will surely contribute to spreading PRIME material in the hope that more and more coaches and clubs will become engaged in inclusiveness.

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PRIME final event is coming soon… Stay tuned!

On December 3rd, 2018, the final event of EU Project PRIME (Participation, Recreation and Inclusion through Martial Arts Education) will take place in Tralee, Ireland – WKSI is a partner of PRIME, ICSSPE the lead partner. The key topic will be to include people of all abilities through the martial arts.

The meeting will be an occasion to officially launch PRIME coaching framework, which provides a guidance to the coaches who teach or want to teach the martial arts to people with a disability. PRIME web site will be online soon with plenty of information and technical sources for coaches, including the framework.

Stay tuned for more info on PRIME!

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