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2008 Seminars by the Masters

April 18 - 20, 2008

Tasaki Shihan and Fujiwara Shihan came to Orangeville ON, April 18 - 20, 2008 where 130 karate enthusiasts attended. This successful seminar hosted a dinner banquet on the Saturday evening where our very own Sensei Ian Boyne took on the role of Master of Ceremonies.

Seiwa Kai Canadais one of the largest member branches of JKF Goju Kai in the world.

The World headquarters is in Japan, headed by founder Shuji Tasaki (8th dan Hanshi)(Deceased). Tasaki Shihan was the senior Student of Gogen Yamaguchi. Isao Yabunaka (7th dan Kyoshi), also a direct student of Yamaguchi Shihan, is the head of the Canadian branch of Seiwa Kai and the most senior representative in North America.

Tasaki Shihan was assisted by Fujiwara Sieichi Shihan, youngest person to have been designated 8th Dan in 20 years, within the JKF Goju Kai ozonization.

Seminars took place April 18th through 20th inclusive at the Grand Valley Community Centre and were open to participants of all ages and ranks from across North America.

Goju-Ryu Karate-do is a mixture of Chinese martial arts and traditional martial arts in Ryukyu , which is now known as Okinawa (about 500 years ago).

Tasaki ShihanFujiwara Sieichi Shihan and Don Benoit
Kyu Belts
Black Belts

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar 2008/02/16

Benoit's promoted a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Grappling) Seminar hosted by Shidoin Angelo Panoussis who was assisted by Thomas and Timothy. Shidoin Panoussis, trained with Prof. Sylvio Behring of Brazil. Panoussis and his assistants all hail out of the Orangeville, On. area. The enthusiastic participants got an other taste of the martial arts flavours out their. We thank Shidoin Panousis, Thomas and Timothy for serving up a healthy serving of self-defense with a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu flare. By the looks in the photos, everyone looks satisfied and eager to try some more.
Photos courtesy of Sensei Ian

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar 2008/02/16 - Photo by Ian Boyne Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar 2008/02/16 - Photo by Ian Boyne
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar 2008/02/16 - Photo by Ian Boyne Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar 2008/02/16 - Photo by Ian Boyne
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar 2008/02/16 - Photo by Ian Boyne

Annual Fall Training Camp/Seminar

Annual Fall Training Camp/Seminar, October 12-14 2007 - Photo by Benoit

Over the weekend of October 12th,13th &14th,Students and instructors alike from Benoit's Martial Arts and elsewhere participated in an Annual Fall Training Camp/Seminar held at Laurentian University and hosted by Craig Vokey. Special guest instructor was Isao Yabunaka Shihan, 7th Dan Kyoshi,Seiwa Kai North America Chief Instructor. Also sharing their knowledge and expertise were Alan Chan Shihan and Don Benoit Shihan.

Sincere thanks to to everyone who participated and made this annual event another success.

Seminar with Master Isao Yabunaka 2007/04/27

Friday April 27th, 7th Dan Kyoshi Isao Yabunaka, Goju Ryu Karate-do Seiwa Kai North American Chief Instructor and Karate Ontario Goju Ryu Technical Committee member put on a two hour seminar for teen and adult Green Belts and up. Kyoshi's second appearance at Benoit's was a great opportunity for all who attended. The year's group was larger than the last year's and that speaks volumes for Kyoshi Isao Yabunaka and Sudbury's Martial Artists.

Seminar with 7th Dan Kyoshi Isao Yabunaka

Holiday Instructor Training 2007/01/03

Kyoshi, Don Benoit, with the assistance of Sensei Donna and Sensei Ian presented a Free Martial Arts Teaching Training Session, Wednesday, January 03, 2007. Many keen instrustors and assistants, Green Belts and up participated. Throughout the 2 1/2 hour session there was not a bored face in the group. The mixture of laughter and seriousness pointed to the balance of fun and focus in this clinic. Everyone walked away with a few more polished teaching skills that will be passed on to further improve the calliber of teaching at Benoit's.

Kyoshi Don Benoit Leading Teaching Clinic Kyoshi Don Benoit instructing student to respond to teaching practice
Sensei Donna Leading a Training Session Sensei Ian Leading a Training Session

Shihan Yabunaka 2006/06/07

Shihan Yabunaka Seminar at Benoit's - 2006/06/07

Shihan Yabunaka presented a seminar at Benoit's for green belts and up from ages 12yrs and above. The seminar was well attended and enjoyed by the participants. Shihan Yabunaka's martial arts journey has brought a unique perspective to his style of Karate. Martial artists are all on different paths to being better martial artis and better people, they just take different paths getting there. There is a great appreciation for the training achieved travelling down the Benoit path of martial arts and a great deal of respect for the path forged by Shihan Yabunaka. We hope Shihan Yabunaka visits again as he is always welcomed at Benoit's.

Sensei Steve's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - 2005/07


Sensei Steve demonstrating with Sensei Lee Sensei Steve Jonkas, is a Benoit alumni who lives in the Ottawa area where he took up the Gracie style of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. While visiting family in Sudbury for a few weeks in July, Steve got an opportunity to catch up with Shihan and share some of his new knowledge with the students. Steve focused on some of the basics ,for ground fighting. The positions at first looked, well, embarrassing and awkward. Once the students got the hang of it, these once uncomfortable positions proved highly effective for gaining control on the ground. Everyone seemed to have a good time and were impressed with techniques they learned. Sensei Steve is welcomed back anytime.

Steve taught many youth and adult classes as well as the Brown/Black Belt class. Comments from the students were very positive and often filled with entertaining descriptions of their experiences. Sempai Adrian tied up by Sempai Trevor Sensei Steve watches as Sensei Leila throws off Sensei Geoff Sensei Steve demonstrating with SeSempai Cullen Sensei Steve watching as Sempai Rebecca peels Sempai Cullen off

Shihan Bob Kranstz' Jiu-Jitsu Self-Defence Seminar-2005/04/02

Shihan Kranstz with Shihan Benoit and his past student, Sensei Len  - Photo by Marj Benoit

Shihan Bob Kranstz, 7th Dan of the Milton School of Jiu-Jitsu honoured Benoit's with a Self-Defence Seminar, April 02, 2005.
We had twenty enthusiastic participants attend the seminar which was proclaimed to be one of the best seminars hosted by Benoit's in some time. Comments from the participants were very positive.

Shihan Kranstz is the founder of CJA (Combined Jiu-Jitsu Arts) style of Jiu-Jitsu and is a former three time (Senior division over 40) World Champion. The style of Jiu-Jitsu he teaches has its roots in the old Kodenkan style, which was altered and improved on by Kranstz's Sensei, Shihan Ronald Forrester. Bob Kranstz then added further changes, incorporating grappling techniques from his Judo background, techniques from Hako Ryu style of Kyoshi Michael LaMonica, from Shihan Alain Sailly's Goshindo, and from Kyoshi John Theriens's CanRyu style, as well as many other techniques from Masters from around the world.

Sensei Leila getting Sensei Ians Attention - Photo By D. Benoit I'll take that knife! - Photo By D. Benoit Krantz Seminar Participants - Photo By D. Benoit

Shihan Sly Lessard's Self-Defence Workshop

Sensei Sly's Self-Defence Workshop

Sensei Sly is front & center in the red "T".

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