Budapest, Hungary was the 2016 host city for the three day International Hayashi-ha Shito-ryu Karate-do Federation world competition inclusive of kumite, kobudo, and kata seminars. The intensive elite level experience was enjoyed by over 900 participants from 14 countries. Internationally renowned instructors, referees, and coaches joined to ensure an educational experience tailored for karate-ka seeking to enhance and test their skill sets, expand their technical knowledge, and enjoy comradery. Under seasoned stewards of the art and sport, the outcome was successful.
The quality experience of karate-do education, whether on a dojo floor, competition mat, or within the context of interpersonal relationships and/or work challenges, depends greatly upon those whose oversight is fair, objective, motivated and insightful. Success also relies upon professional quality volunteers, the goodwill and support of parents and families that sacrifice resources. One cannot overlook the adjudicators that spend untold hours honing their skills as to maintain a safe environment for rigorous competitors. There is the medical staff and adept organizers whose intense efforts come to light only when there is crisis management, Senseis that work diligently throughout the years to maintain and promote quality level instruction and encouragement. These factors are joined by those that ensure hospitable receptions for visitors and do their best to recognize long contributions. Take away any of these factors, and efforts will fall short of those that are the rightful beneficiaries----the students. Thankfully, our organization understands exceptional quality control. From each sector, across each challenge, participants and spectators exhibited enthusiasm for the lessons and opportunities presented.
Overcoming difficult challenges helps a karate-ka develop citizenship skills that will serve a lifetime of challenges. Civil behaviors, controlling one's ego and emotions in favor of moral objectives, is heralded within the Karate-do framework. For three days, thousands of participants made Karate-do shine whether in full view or behind the scenes. For this, we express gratitude for the selfless, multi-faceted, cumulative efforts that we too often take to task, or for granted.
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