THANK YOU TO ISHIKAWA SENSEI
On the evening of February 27, 2006, the members of Toronto Branch said thank you and farewell to Kazumi Ishikawa-sensei (Daikenshi, 5th dan).
Ishikawa-sensei had come to Toronto as a visiting Professor of Engineering at the University of Toronto in 2005 and (luckily for us) had come to train and teach regularly at our branch.
Ishikawa-sensei is Kantoku (supervisor) of Tohoku Gakuin University Shorinji Kempo Club in Miyagi, Japan. He began training in the art over 30 years ago under the late Ohta-sensei (Daihanshi, 9th dan) - a legend of Shorinji Kempo. In addition, Ishikawa-sensei had the opportunity to train many times under the guidance of Kaiso So Doshin, Nakano-sensei and Misaki-sensei, hence he was an incredibly valuable connection for us to the original style and character of Shorinji Kempo.
Very often Ishikawa-sensei showed us a minor point in our technique which would transform it into a robust and reliable form. His personal style relies greatly upon correct use of taisabaki (body movement) rather than strength. It was truly inspiring to learn from him.
In addition to his polished technique, Ishikawa-sensei exhibits a warm and compassionate personality. It is such a personality that Shorinji Kempo strives to cultivate.
We were extremely fortunate to have such a golden opportunity to study from such a great man.
Ishikawa-sensei, iro iro domo arigato gozaimashita.
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