In traditional martial arts school the Gasshuku is an important event. Sadly these are not common place nowadays, but the Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International (MMKI) undertakes these events throughout their worldwide dojos. The MKKI – UK Branch has been running these events every year since 2007.
So what is a Gasshuku and why is it important?
The quick answer is in the name itself – Gasshuku! It literally means “logging together”. So typically it is run over several days to maybe running into a week or more. It is where students come together to live and train for several hours each day the Gasshuku runs. The students not only train but socialise together outside the dojo. It is also a time Sensei can hone and show new techniques or extra curriculum that may not happen in normal class due to the time limit.
The MKKI – UK Branch has organised these events on a yearly basis and has seen Instructors and Students travel from other MKKI dojos from places such as Scotland, Wales, USA, Venezuela, Belgium, Germany and Austria. This event is now held in the north east of England in Darlington. Furthermore, it is held during or close to the first week of September. It is run over three consecutive days from the Friday to the Sunday. The Friday is for Instructors of the MKKI, where training starts in the morning and then again in the evening. Saturday is for all and starts at 10.00 am until 4.00 pm. Then in the evening the Gasshuku meal happens where students come together to socialise. On the Sunday there is the morning training from 9.00 am until 12 noon. Then after lunch a grading takes place, but all students take part as it’s just another chance for all to train. This normally starts at 1.00 pm und the day finishes at 5.00 pm.
Over the next few pages these Gasshuku are depicted in pictures from 2010 they have been in Darlington, Co Durham, England. The pictures on this page are from 2007 to 2009.
Sanguinetti Sensei has now been coming to the UK since 2007 on a yearly basis. This consistency has allowed us to grow and obtain vital detail in each weapon practiced. Also since 2015 Gaines Sensei has also attended the MKKI – UK Branch Gasshuku. Gaines Sensei is a godan (5th Dan) in MKKI and much valuable assistance is provided to us by him.