This year’s GKI annual summer Gasshuku, or training camp, was hosted by the amazing Belgium dojos who provided an outstanding course. Held in Grobbendonk over 4 days, the Gasshuku was attended by Karateka from the UK, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, South Africa and, of course, Belgium
Eleven members of the Wessex club attended the event, with four students grading at black belt levels; the pressure was on! The outcomes were successful, with three students gaining their 1st degree Black belt (Shodan) and one student achieving his 5th degree Black belt (Godan).
The record breaking temperature wasn’t the only thing turning up the heat, as all four members of the club; Claire Carlin, Aaron James Mallon, Toby Webber and Scott Robyns were struggling with injuries before or during the course and grading.
Watching the proceedings, with injuries from a sprained ankle to torn ligaments, head of the Wessex club Peter Thompson was just as stressed as those grading! But he said he couldn’t be prouder of his students, even going on to say that he had goose bumps watching the 3 new Shodan’s perform their katas.
The newest Godan in the GKI organisation, Scott Robyns, said that “All round it was a great time; the course was well organised with a vast list of great Sensei’s.