Dear instructors and members of the International Karatedo Gojukai Association,
During the pandemic of COVID-19, I wish that you all keep in good health from the bottom of my heart. I understand everyone is suffering to deal with the situation.
Here is to announce that Gohei Yamaguchi Shihan was selected as the Chairman of the executive committee of The 8th Karate-do Goju-kai Global Championships JAPAN 2022 alongside Hideki Wakasugi Shihan, the vice Asian bloc director and Taketoshi Akao Shihan, the All Japan Gojukai secretariat as vice chairmen.
The 8th Karate-do Goju-kai Global Championships have been postponed to 2022. The current situation in Japan, the hosting country, is quite severe. There are many tournaments and seminars that have been canceled due to the pandemic of COVID-19, and the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have affected our ability to book the venue.
We would like to announce details that have been decided so far.
Title of the event:
The 8th Karate-do Goju-kai Global Championships JAPAN 2023
Chiba Port Arena (Main and Sub Arena)
Address: 1-20, Tonyachou, Chuo-ku, Chiba City, Chiba
Postal Code: 260-0025
*This is the same venue where we had our first world championships
We will work together with Goshi Yamaguchi, the president of IKGA and JKGA, vice presidents of IKGA, and bloc directors of IKGA. It is important to make decisions by looking thoroughly at the COVID-19 situation around the world. We place the utmost importance on the safety of all Gojukai friends. We do not wish to see some countries cannot attend due to a country’s situation on COVID-19. So we also think to cancel the event as an option when the infection status gets serious.
As the host country, we would like to decide if the event takes place in 2022 or postpone it again by around August 2021. We will continue to have discussions with the president and vice presidents of IKGA on the decision.
For now, we would like to announce newly appointed positions and to send a greeting to all of you.
Thank you very much for your continuous support. We wish to see you all soon in person.
Gohei Yamaguchi, the Chairman of the Executive Committee