■April 18, 2018
Southeast Asia Region WSKO Study Session
Southeast Asia Region WSKO Study Session was held on February 2nd (Fri.) and 3rd (Sat.), 2018 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
WSKO instructors Mr. Kazuhiro Kawashima (WSKO Secretary-General), Mr. Masanori Nagata, Mr. David Wang, Mr. Shoji Arai were dispatched to the Study Session. The participants came from 8 countries. We never had kenshi from such many countries attend study sessions that had been held in Southeast Asia. (Participating countries: Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, The Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan) span>
On the previous day of the Study Session, Feb. 1 (Thur.), dan examination (from 1st to 3rd dan) and special dan examination (4th dan) were held and 19 members took the examinations.
The Examiner / Judge Study Session was given by Instructor Arai on the same day, and the qualification of participants was given or renewed for the term that starts in FY 2018.
On the first day of the study session, Feb. 2 (Fri.), a supporter of the Cam-bodia Branch Mr. Okhna Sok Pheng gave the opening address. Mr. Sok Pheng has been a great help for the promotion of Shorinji Kempo in Cambodia.
Instructor Arai gave the basic training after the opening ceremony, and with instructors Kawashima, Nagata, David Wang, technical instructions were given in each rank. The participants were very eager and they asked questions to instructors whenever they were in the Dojo, even during breaks.
Instructor Kawashima gave a lecture on WSKO business policy and gen-eral situation, then WSKO staff Mr. Kato gave a lecture on intellectual property and Branch Master Qualification Certification Seminar.
Each instructor gave technical instructions on the second day of the study session and then instructor Arai gave a lecture on the teaching of Shorinji Kempo.
The success of all 19 examinees was announced at the closing ceremony and the certificates were given to them from instructor Kawashima.
At the closing of the study session, we felt and shared the joy when in-structor Kawashima addressed that the number of the participating coun-tries of this study session was the greatest amount comparing to the num-ber of participating countries of the study sessions that had been held in Southeast Asia.
In the evening of that day, all the participants enjoyed the food, songs and the dances that had been provided and performed at the social gathering, and made good friends with each other. In the next morning, we had a discussion period (free practice) which was only for who wanted to participate, however, the most of the participants including adult and children kenshi of Cambodia Branch attended, and it ended successfully.
We would like to express our gratitude to the Cambodia Branch, its Branch Master Lach Chan Sovan and kenshi, Branch Master’s family and the persons concerned for the great help in preparing for this study session. I hope that this study session became the foundation in promoting Shorinji Kempo in the Southeast Asia.