The 2017 Shuhari Cup on April 21-22 in Missouri was a terrific event for competitors, officials, and families. More than 70 adult and youth competitors from across the country participated in a full day of high caliber competition.
The Missouri Karate Association hosted the tournament and provided a well-run event with superb accommodations. There was plenty of time for conversation about karate, kids, and our common purpose: to improve our karate, share experiences, and to help each other.
Shimoji Sensei, of Jinsendo Karate Atlanta Georgia, led an innovative seminar for the competition officials on Friday. It was inspiring to see so many instructor level karateka performing for and competing against each other for the purpose of discussing criteria and calibrating their judging.
Shimoji Sensei’s goal, shared by the Shuhari Institute, is for competitions be a learning experience for everyone involved. Based on the enthusiastic participation of judges—in the seminar, during the tournament, and in discussions after the tournament—the 2017 Cup made good strides toward this goal.
The 2018 Shuhari Cup will be hosted in Atlanta, Georgia. Watch for more information in upcoming newsletters and updates.