||Viana do Castelo Branch, Portugal / April 2012|
- Contributor: Branch Master Eugenio Rodrigues
2nd Anniversary of Viana do Castelo Branch, Portugal
Viana do Castelo Branch commemorates its second anniversary and during this last year we have been doing several activities. The number of practitioners has increased to a total of 26 kenshi and established cooperation with some local organizations.
In May of 2011, Viana do Castelo city has welcomed the Portuguese National Gasshuku for Adults, an event organized by the Portuguese Shorinji Kempo Federation and conducted by Sensei Carlos Ramires, Jose Araujo, and Joaquim Pereira (Fig. A). The event went for two days allowing to our fellow kenshi to visit a little about our city, to understand our culture and know the social activities of our branch.
Two months later, Sensei Jorge Monteiro and Fernando Filipe have given us a visit before holidays for some kenshi to be examined (Fig. B). We have learned and shared ideas, and discussed strategy and goals for the upcoming year.
In the beginning of September of 2011, Viana do Castelo Branch have restarted their practice after the holidays by giving two special practices with a total of 30 girls, from the institution "Guias de Portugal" (Fig. C). This was our first joint activity and we are eager to do it again next year. In the same month, we have established collaboration with "Grupo Desportivo EuroPac Kraft Viana". The intention is to promote the practice of Shorinji Kempo between the company workers.
In November of 2011 we have participated as volunteers for the "Banco Alimentar". This national institution gathers food with the purpose of distributing it by organizations that have a solidarity role like orphanages (Fig. D). Our work consisted in sorting and packing the food.
In the end of 2011, we have visited Sensei Didier Camp at the Viry-Chatillon Branch dojo (Fig. E). We are especially thankful to him and his family. In the same weekend we participated on the French National Gasshuku at Maurepas (Fig. F). It was a good opportunity to learn closely from Sensei Hiroshi Aosaka and to interact with French kenshi.
In February of this year we have welcomed Sensei Jose Araujo, from Sintra Branch, and Sensei Jorge Monteiro from Salvaterra de Magos Branch (Fig. G). They have conducted the practice and examination of our kenshi.
Concluding, we are grateful to Jorge Monteiro, Fernando Filipe, Jose Araujo, Didier Camp for their kindness, friendship and support!
For more information about our activities visit branch website or read the last year report.