The International Kempo Association annual training seminar 2018 was held in Bristol.  We were excited, but slightly nervous, to be hosting such a large event.  It is anticipated eagerly by members from all around the world, and we didn’t want to let them down!

Our hard work paid off, though, and everyone had a great time.

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Our weekend began with a boat cruise along the river, stopping at some pubs and eating some stereotypically British fish and chips.

Saturday and Sunday were full days of training of course, and we loved every minute of it.  We were blessed with senior sensei from the UK, Japan, and Switzerland, along with many other sensei from around the world.  The quality of instruction was very high.

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There was, of course, plenty of time for practice.  And more practice.

Philosophy is important in Shorinji Kempo, and we always make time for it.

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On Saturday evening we partied hard.  Our venue – the zoo!  With a welcome drink in the aquarium, some time to wander around, and a three course meal, what more could we want?  A dance lesson of course!  Jive and Argentine Tango was the order of the day. Plus, not to forget Sensei Mizuno’s birthday cake!

We even had another party on Sunday night, for those who survived that long.  This time, a less formal affair, with a selection of West Country food and drink, and lots of sitting around chatting.

Through it all, we renewed old friendships, and formed new ones.  We talked to those from other countries, practiced our Kempo and our language skills, shared knowledge and insight, and above all, had fun.

This is still my favourite photo from the weekend though.

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