Video Summary of the 2021 RKC Year
Updated: Dec 22, 2021
Version 2 of the 2021 RKC Video Summary
WOW! What a year 2021 has been!
Amidst the pandemic, the RKC Dojo has never had a busier year that it had in 2021! There are still a few official and "unofficial" training days for the remainder of 2021, but we are pretty much at the end of this year.
The video summary is a collection of snapshots from the pages of the "2021 Limited-Edition RKC Photobook".
As they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words..."! Perhaps the saying needs to be updated to include the worth of a video? :)
The 2021 Limited-Edition RKC Photobook can still be ordered via this link:
A brief overview of the year :
Started New Years eve with 1,000 cuts via an ONLINE session!
Online training is still happening!
Kendo classes officially re-open 6 Jan 2021
Custom made Jo’s from “Kobudo Gear” a local supplier.
Orders from Kendo Shop (Korea) and Kendo Star (UK)
Kendo Kids resume as from 1 Feb
13 Feb Shimpan Workshop with Buster SEFOR sensei (Renshi, 7th dan)
19 Feb WKC in France is confirmed to be cancelled.
RKC is called again by the Japanese Embassy to perform a demonstration (online) for their cultural week.
The RKC Winter Clothing Collection is released!
Winter Challenge is initiated (100x suburi from 1 Mar – 30 Aug = 18.400 cuts)
5x MINOSAKA IAITO's FROM NINE CIRCLES arrives!
Online session with Shigemitsu Mitch KAMATA sensei (Kyoshi, 7th Dan), Age 42 from Etobicoke Kendo Club, Toronto, Canada.
“As Fit as a fiddle at 77” Caxton article on Ray sensei published 10 March.
“The art of being aware" article was published in the Newcastle Express eNewsletter and features our RKC member, Frik Willimse sensei.
Budo Experience – Intro to Japanese with HIROE sensei
24 April – Ho sensei visited KENSHIN dojo in CT.
1 May – RKC Kendo Kyu Grading
Online Media Exposure with Rakus Media (https://www.rivoniakendo.co.za/post/rkc-kendo-news-in-south-africa-beyond).
RKC “Lion Face” Mempo facemasks.
“Kendo Kids Kick Up a Feisty Storm”, Caxton Article on Kendo Kids published 28 May.
31 May – SA Return to Level 2.
24 June – SA Returns to Level 4. The Dojo closes for 2 weeks.
RKC's Kendo Kids had proudly participated in the online suburi competition organised by Jedai Kendo International earlier in the year.
21 July – Return to the dojo after a brief lockdown
Musha-Shugyo (Other Dojo visit) to KYK Dojo.
Caxton Article featuring RKC Iaido member, Demz as part of the Women’s Month Initiatives (11 AUG).
“Kendo Returns to Rivonia” - Caxton Article featuring some RKC members
1st combined in-dojo and online session.
Musha-Shugyo (Other Dojo visit) to Mushin Dojo.
1st SAKF Squad Training takes place at the RKC Dojo.
11 Sep – Iaido and Jodo Kyu grading
RKC contributes to Buster SEFOR sensei’s 80th Birthday video contributions.
Partnership with G18 Sports to help promote Kendo (www.g18.co.za)) .
Begin teaching at HELPMEKAAR COLLEGE.
Small donation of children’s kendo equipment arrives from “"Sweat and Indigo“ in Germany.
Partnership with G18 Sports, an online sports promotion platform, to promote Kendo at the RKC Dojo. https://g18.co.za/collections/sports-coaching/products/beginner-kendo-course-with-warren-from-rivonia-kendo-club
It should be noted that the Hyperli promotion is also still active (https://www.hyperli.com/1-month-membership-course-to-kendo---the-way-of-the-japanese-sword-at-rivonia-kendo-club/)
RKC Dojo OBSERVATORY open its doors at the Observatory Sports Hall, east of JHB.
Self-Defence training session for RKC members by Warren HO
RKC Spring Championships finally takes place! (16 Oct ’21)
Formal announcement of RKC Instructors
First Aid 1 with James MILLER - CPR
First Aid 2 with James MILLER – Muscular, Skeletal Emergency Treatment and Recovery
Renaming of “RIVONIA KENDO CLUB” to “RYU KEN CHI” Dojo.
SAKF Summer Seminar and shinsa resulted in 2x new 1st Dans and 3x 2nd dans.
South Africa announces the discovery of the new COVID virus variant, OMNICRON. This results in travel bans being imposed on people from South Africa travelling abroad. A small delegation of 4 RKC members have to cancel their trip to Brussels, Belgium for the ABKF Winter Seminar and Shinsa.
RKC Awards Event and presentation of the 3 categories of awards: SHYUGO, SUTEMI & KO KEN CHI AI Awards.
Last official training session of the year on 18 Dec 2021 at the RIVONIA dojo
Unofficial training session until the end of the year.
Training with Matthew PRICE, ex-SA Team member, at the San Kawa Dojo.
The Ryū Ken Chi Dojo (RKC Dojo) train the traditional Japanese martial arts of Kendo and Iaido (sword-based martial arts), as well as Jodo(the art of the short staff/stick), that encourages the cultivation of the human character.
The RKC DOJO has 2 venues in Johannesburg where in-dojo training takes place - Rivonia and Observatory. Online training is also available.
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