A mini-gasshuku for SMR jodo was held at YMCA Camp Warrawee on the North side of Brisbane over the Australia Day weekend (26-27 January). The largest contingent of participants were from Queensland with people from Chushinkan Dojo (Brisbane), Airlie Beach, Yoshinkan Dojo (Sunshine Coast), and Toowoomba. Sensei Andy Poulos also came up from Sydney to attend, along with one of Sensei Glen Henry students who is living & training in Perth.
We were lucky to have a large contingent of senior practitioners at this camp along with two Menkyo Kaiden: Glen Henry sensei and Andy Poulos sensei. I would also like to mention that BBRD had a new student attend this gasshuku, Joanne Murrell. Hopefully her brain did not get too seriously overloaded, and we look forward to her applying what she learned in future training sessions.
Another bit of news from this gasshuku, Adrian Knight received his Menkyo Kaiden from Glen Henry sensei during the closing ceremony. He now joins the ranks with three other practising Menkyo Kaiden in Australia.
As with other gasshuku, there was plenty of opportunity to work on a variety of skills and kata with instruction from a number of senior practitioners.