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    FROM THE AUSTRALIAN KOSHIKI ARCHIVES
    Thank you to the old boys of Australia Koshiki and Shorinjiryu for providing the following information and regular updates and support regarding Australia Koshiki history.

    1. The Founders - The Founding Fathers of Australia Koshiki are Lori Vanniekerk, Graeme Bullpit, Chris Kleise and Gordon Kleise who in 1980 took the Australian team to the inaugural World Koshiki Championships Tokyo, after Lori Vanniekerk first established Shorinjiryu Kenkokan in Australia in early 1978.

    2. Administration - Former National Presidents of Koshiki also included Lori Vanniekerk, Graeme Bullpit, Wayne Johnson, Douglas Hawkins, Warwick O’Brien, Howard Sanders, Glen Stevenson along with others have held this positon since circa 1980.

    3. Administration - Former State Presidents included Phil Hooper (QLD) and Scott Brown (NSW). With the support of Lori Vanniekerk, Scott Brown established NSW Koshiki after his return from Japan in December 1980.

    4. Koshiki and Anzen Bogu ‘Supersafe’- Th e name ‘Supersafe’ was coined by Scott Brown and Richard Bryant in 1979 whilst living and training as the first uchi deshi’s in Japan under Masayuki Hisataka. Supersafe is also known as Anzen Bogu which is used in Koshiki competition. The movie superman had just been released in Japan and the name and Koshiki Logo was inspired by the movie poster with the superman mark. The word Koshiki has two meanings depending on the Kanji used. In this instance Koshiki means hard style competition, not old. Richard Bryant and Scott Brown were the first Australian uchi deshi’s of Masayuki Hisataka in Japan.

    5. Karatedo - Koshiki should not be confused with Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo as they are two separate entities. It is worth noting that Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo in Japan has always utilised Bogu fighting in its tournament system from the inception by the founder Kaiso Kori Hisataka.
    The Canadians also were very familiar with Bogu competition having utilised the precursor kendo style bogu throughout the mid-sixties and 1970’s under the instruction of Masayuki Hisataka and his senior Canadian student Wayne Donovan.

    6. Champions - The notable Australian National and International Koshiki Champions Graeme Bowden, Phil Hooper, Scott Brown, Chris Kleise, Gordon Kleise, Richard Bryant, Dave Holmberg, Paul O’Donnell and Geoff Harrison, Anne Bowden and Marnie Franklin stands, as they were consistent individual champions over several years, having fought many times winning Gold, Silver & Bronze awards as well as being declared champion.

    7. Largest Koshiki Tournaments - The largest Koshiki tournaments were held in Japan in 1980 and 1982 where over 14 countries competed followed by, 1985 Brisbane Australia, 1989 Montreal Canada and 2000 Blue Mountains Australia.

    8. USKA Tournament - The 25th Anniversary of Robert Trias & his United States Karate Association hosted the Grand National Tournament in 1987 which was referred to in a previous post {Kerrie Mee}, was probably one of the largest karate tournaments in the USA with about 1300 competitors. It was confirmed the Koshiki component of this tournament was the smallest contested in Koshiki history with only 4 countries comprising of about 30 competitors attending from Canada, USA, Australia and Japan. This only allowed for Men’s Team Events and no Individual Men’s Events, resulting in each Men’s team fighter to have only one fight. The Australian Koshiki Team (photo provided) lost against the USA Koshiki Team and did not win a place, with Canada the eventual Team champion titleholder. Disappointedly a long way to go for the Aussies for only one fight, but an enjoyable time for everyone.

    9. Competitors - Please note that coverage of National and International Koshiki Competitors who fought many times over several years will be covered in a future report.
    Matt White

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    Hi Matt,

    Your last post was very interesting in confirming the facts pertaining to past tournaments held by the WKKF and other organisations. I believe I can confirm the details you mentioned in regards to the tournament held in 1987 in USA as I had handed down to me by my instructor Shihan Scott Brown many brochures, flyers, documents etc., of past tournaments and seminars. One of those documents was a large, detailed flyer pertaining to the tournament in question that was complete with all Kumite draws and tournament information.

    It is with sadness however that I question your notion in regards to the segregation of Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karate-do and Koshiki Karate do, (one being a martial way and the other a sport competition format). In regards to the many questionable grades that have been handed out between the two systems and there confusion as to what grade means what and gives who what power/responsibility, there is obviously too much grey in terms of the two systems being separate and to be able to recognise the WKKF & AKKF as legitimately run organisations. It is a sad fact that history has recorded the degradation of traditional martial ways when they have been pushed into becoming financially driven sport competition systems which is in my opinion what has occurred between Shorinjiryu Kenkokan and its sister competition system Koshiki Karate-do under the current leadership both in Australia and Japan.

    It is unfortunate that there appears to be an inverse relationship in this circumstance between the practice of a true Budo system and its core values and the success of a sport competition system. We have seen the degradation and undermining of the underpinning values of what Shorinjiryu Kenkokan is suppose to teach and practice, given way to the advancement of ego driven individuals seeking false accolades and recognitions which Koshiki Karate-do has left the door open for.

    In conclusion, I would question what should be more important in the eyes of our martial peers. Should we aim to be world champions at the sacrifice of what we initially set out to do in joining any martial art such as self-development etc., or do we simply stand aside when the tidal wave of; who did what, who won when, I'm 7th Dan in.... starts to crash down and feel sympathy for these people who have completely escaped the point of what a martial way seeks to develop and practice?

    Thanks.
    Grant Brechney

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    Re Post #14 and #15:

    According to records and inquiries, Pat McKean (United Karate Brotherhood) was a leading influence in NSW Koshiki sport karate for a period of time. Several people over the years have held administration positions in Australian Koshiki and Pat McKean or anyone else’s administration position was not in question. However, there are now legitimate queries regarding points 1, 3 and 4.

    Point 1: His position as National President for over 20 years is questionable, as former National Presidents including the founding father of Australia Koshiki Lori Vanniekerk, and Graeme Bullpit, as well as Wayne Johnson, Warwick O’Brien, Doug Hawkins, Howard Sanders, Glen Stevenson, and others also held this administration position since circa 1980’s. Saying this, it should be kept in mind that Australia Koshiki for quite a number of years has no longer a written body of principles governed by a committee in a legal sense.

    Point 3: There is a mistake here. No Australian won the World Title (individual event or team event) at this Koshiki Tournament.

    Point 4: This is not correct. Aubrey Brooks was his original Karate teacher (Kyokushin).

    Re Post #17:
    Thank you for your contribution.

    We respectfully ask contributors to this Australian Koshiki sub forum, to be sure of your facts prior to posting or through private messaging.
    Matt White

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    A big thank you to all the contributors regarding the Koshiki Archives in Australia during 2015. We look forward to receiving more information of this sub forum during 2016 including Koshiki information on Regional, State and National competitors Bill Waterford, Scott Boyd, Peter Lucas, Ian Pollet, Ros Jenkins, Allan Park, Ivan Pacek, Chris Mack and more.
    Matt White

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    Koshiki news in Australia has slowed down somewhat during 2016. Nothing has been forthcoming regarding any news of Koshiki tournaments in Australia or overseas.

    Some recent news via facebook of Koshiki officials/enthusiast’s regarding gradings during June 2016 are as follows. Nigel McReaddie graded to 8th Dan in UKB (United Karate Brotherhood). Scott Boyd of Pollets Karate Academy in Dubbo graded to 6th Dan in UKB. Both candidates were graded by their teacher Pat McKean 10th Dan UKB.

    As stated in the previous post #19, we will cover Koshiki competitors from the past and this will be an opportunity to perhaps interview former koshiki competitor Scott Boyd 6th Dan UKB from Pollets Karate Academy Dubbo. Please keep your facebook social media active for news or send your information via private messaging.
    Matt White

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    Hi Matt
    As you seem to have a lot of information and curiosity regarding the koshiki system, I am wondering what your connection may be. As you know, my profile and the Kenkokan page is available for public view on Facebook. I'm wondering if you would care to share your history and / or interest in koshiki.

    Also, as you have requested above, could you please ensure that your facts are correct prior to posting. Nigel McReaddie HAS NOT been graded to 8th Dan in the UKB system.

    Thank you,
    Kerrie Mee
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    Thank you for the update. Yes totally agree on your comment re correct facts. There seems to be some misinterpretation/confusion regarding Nigel Sensei's 8th Dan grading.

    He stated on Social Media on the 7th July ......"During my recent grading examination under Hanshi Patrick McKean 10th Dan, the kata I performed was Kudakano Seisan". "Buki-ho from my recent grading test (Gorin no Jo - clavical, jaw, forearm, bicep, sternum, bladder, pereneal, femeral, tibial and superficial pereneal strikes, or high middle and low attacks from defensive tactics)".

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    Congratulations to both Jim Griffin and Tony Fletcher of the Shorinjiryu Koshinkai Karate Australia in representing Australia at the 30th Shorinjiryu Shinzen Kyokai Karate tournament in New York recently.

    Jim Griffin 7th Dan Kyoshi, and Max Estens 7th Dan Kyoshi are the Chief Instructors of the Shorinjiryu Koshinkai in Australia. Both Jim and Max were students of Hanshi Phil Hooper 9th Dan (IRKRS), and Hanshi Scott Brown 9th Dan (IRKRS) respectively. Both Phil and Scott were notable National and International WKKF Koshiki Champions & Pioneers of Koshiki.

    Jim Griffin Kyoshi was a consistent WKKF Koshiki fighter in Australia during his younger days, and it’s wonderful to hear him still competing in these events, his first in 25 years placing 2nd in kata (Kusanku Dai) and 1st in Weapons. The tournament was hosted by Hanshi Myron Lubitsch 9th Dan in New York.
    Tony performed splendidly also, placing 4th in Kata and 2nd in Weapons. Particularly, Tony demonstrated his adaptation of the Shishiryu no Bo kata, using the eku (oar) that he has worked on for the past year.

    Other notable Karateka at the tournament included Kaicho Watanabe Shunji 9th Dan Hanshi, a direct student of Hisataka Kori. Watanabe sensei is the head of the Shorinjiryu Kenyukai Watanabe-Ha Federation.

    Again, thank you for the information & congratulations Jim and Tony.
    Matt White

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    It was decided, so as not to cause confusion with the traditional Gendai Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo style the founding school of WKKF (Koshiki), this Gendai Budo Karate subject on “Koshiki History in Australia, its Pioneers, Noteworthy Champions, Administration Officials and Competitors” will be transferred to the Non-traditional karate section of this sub forum.
    Matt White

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    Thank you for compiling a very interesting discussion regarding Koshiki in Australia. I see you have listed Scott Brown as a "Champion" of Koshiki. When I was competing in Koshiki in the 80s and 90s, I remember Scott Brown being at quite a few tournaments as a referee or official. I was curious as to his actual Koshiki tournament experience.

    Also, I remember a lot of turmoil regarding the expelling of Pat McKean from Australia Koshiki Association. Then Hanshi Hisataka and WKKF deregistering or cutting all ties with this organisation. Is it correct that Hanshi Hisataka then transferred all support to Pat McKean, Scott Brown and the new organisation? And then the old AKA group, no longer had international recognition, so what happened to them ?

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