TaiKiKen European Federation, TEF


Tai Ki Kenpo
Tai Ki ken or Great Ki Boxing is a universal oriental 'fighting art', devellopped by headmaster Sawai Kenichi. Because of it's Chinese wushu (Yi-Chuan) and Japanese budo-background it forms an unique blend of nei-chia (internal) and wai-chia (external) -Budo.

TaiKi stimulates our personal and universal 'yuan-chi'...which can only be experienced and devellopped by personal ki-training.
Under guidance of a good teacher one can learn how to move, feel, think and act spontaneously and freely....in order to stay healthy, move like a master and defend yourself adequately.

Let us first make clear our aims where we go for in TaiKi:

We want students -under good guidance- to learn how to develop and use their yuan-chi, in order to master it and:
o through TaiKiKen Ki-training we want to achieve and sustain a good mental and physical health and fitness ( Chi kung /Yang Sheng kong)

o to learn the correct use and control of our ‘yuan-chi'
in every day life as well in the fighting arts
o to move finally without hindrances and spontaneously in the Tai-Ki way of moving (mastermoving)
o to be able to act, move, feel and think free without
hindrances and to be able to express our intentions optimally (Yi-training) and to be fully ourself
o Tai-Ki-Kenpo wants to be a means towards personal growth and personality education
o to be able to defend oneself adequately and be able to fight efficiently (budo and wushu aspects)
o with Tai Ki we want to deepen the insight in the own martial culture especially and deepen the insight in and make transfer to other (martial) cultures in general.

As given to me by master Sawai Kenichi as his direct student since 1967 and appointed Kyoshi Master-Teacher and TaiKiKen Hanshi.

TaiKiKen Ken-jutsu

TaiKiKen Ken-jutsu
the use of the Ken leads to ulitmate precision and tuning of your actions. Just like in TaiKi

Intn.FEKAM KarateTeachers Seminar France 24-25 march 2012

Intn.FEKAM KarateTeachers Seminar France 24-25 march 2012
Daan Dirkson: When it was not expected at all, our dear Kyosi got surprised by sensei Gruss' initiative to honor him. We just saw 20+ karateka's got their certificate for 2th dan and up to even 8th dan, when monsieur Gilbert et le president de Fédération Européenne de Karaté Do et d'Arts Martiaux Traditionnels invited our unsuspecting teacher to grant him with a ninth dan certificate. They saved the very best for last! Congratulations Sensei Kallenbach! Sensei Gruss and Sensei Kallenbach are old opponents but became good friends and stayed in contact all those years. Both with great Budo heart and mind have made a indelible contribution to the world of Martial Arts, hence the award to our Sensei during this special event. Over 230 karate teachers and assistant teachers joined together in Amberieu en Bugey near Lyon to train with Sensei's Gruss, Bigot and Kallenbach. Different lectures were given to inspire the mainly black belt Karateka's from 8 different country's (France, Netherlands, Morocco, Belgium, Germany, Swiss, Algeria and Canada), varied by a live Budo-paint session and a Japanese drum show. The contribution of our Tai Ki ryū was very well received and created new possibilities for many of the participants in the way they look at movement in general and move in their Martial Art in specific as they told us in their feedback afterwards. This was also due to their own openness and great effort they put in to this weekend. Combined with very nice weather and a great organization this Seminaire des Professeurs d'Arts Martieux was a great success and a honor for me to be a part of. Thank you Jan. I will post some pictures for illustration. Onegai Shimasu, — with Jan Kallenbach.


A resume of our last International TaiKi Gasshuku in Honbu dojo Amsterdam

A  Resume of our International TaiKi Gasshuku in June 2011 in Amsterdam.

                                we counted > 35 participants…with special guests:
            shihans McDonagh (Sweden) and Lesueur (Orgeval, Paris), sensei Stoll (Pyrennees,             Toulouse)…and special lecturer Frank Heckman with a percussionist mr. Ziga from   Codarts (Rotterdam) Unfortunately one of our most true TaiKi friends mr.Jacques Legree         had to stay home…but his nice French team and a Swedish team joined us also.

The Shin-ShinBuKen staff:  Rob and Fred Quant and Jan sensei has a long tradition with gasshuku’s. Already in may 1974 and later when Iwama and Sawai sensei (junior) stayed with us in ShinBuKen, we organized another one that year in Vierhouten, in the middle of the woods of the Netherlands.

We continued these gasshuku or ‘outside training camp’  with several and different unique colleagues for a quite long period (18 times) in Vierhouten since. Later on we even organized the gasshuku in my Academy for Phys. Education and Teacher-building in Amsterdam, the ALO.
McDonagh sensei and mr. Christopher (Malaysia) came, Pascal Krieger sensei brought  a whole Swiss team and in 1994 Sato sensei came over in the ALO to teach. Then we had a period with a lot of changes… master Li came to France and we went to Henabihen, I got a new directory, a new building and our possibilities of lodging diminished…towards  a training for one day only. Sensei Li Yuan Ju taught several times in the old ALO and mr. Shimada visited us in 2005 in the new ALO dojo.

How happy we were when sensei McDonagh and his YoShinKen Seniors took over and treated us with a nice location and perfect budo atmosphere in 2006 Lygnared Sweden. For five years we were their guest, until last year 2010 and we share unforgettable experiences together over there.
At the last European meeting McDonagh sensei stated he wanted to hand down the gasshuku initiative to another country. France and Holland were thinking about it…and as I had a new kind of format for this gasshuku …it became Amsterdam…and in our new Shin-ShinBuKen TaiKi Honbu dojo.

And so Shin-ShinBuKen became the host for the International Gasshuku 2011. Starting at Friday evening 17th  of June and lasting until afternoon Sunday 19th …with a perfect finishing touch of dinner together at sensei Bakker’s.
At Thursday evening we started with a program of socializing, a drink and an Indonesian dinner together…and a perfect lecture of Senior Conradi, yondan aikido about ‘Budo and it’s values’.
We had planned a nice location for our outside morning renshu in ‘het Twiske’ …but the weather forecast was utmost clear: rainshowers!…also on Sunday. So all training sessions (4x)  were given in our Honbu Dojo. And although some could participate for one day only…on both days we trained with over 35 kenpoka…and we managed to enjoy lunch together in our Shin-SBK-canteen and at Saturday evening we had a nice meal in the tavern of ‘het Sluisje’ at the old sea dike of Amsterdam North.
Although we feared several predictable problems…it all went perfect.  Head-teacher in charge Kallenbach sensei had his program and continuing red methodical line ready…and everybody with less kinesphere around seemed to move especially carefully now…and also the close community, the teachers…it  áll created a kind of concentration, a kind of mental melting pot, in which everyone created his own excellence!

The guiding essence of this 2011 gasshuku was…”how to show your TaiKi essence” and “how to handle your Bull”.
A difficult item as many m.a. schools propagate to be and move ‘strong’ above all… with which they create an idea of the modern gladiator…which in no way is a good model to grow and succeed in budo and life. So we wanted to make a statement this time and posed:
                           it is nice to be strong, but is more important to be the best’
                                   and… we don’t fight a bull in the bull’s  way
           we are human TaiKi martial artists and use waza, ki, strategy and human mental power.

Besides the lecture from mr. Conradi, all participants got a lecture from Jan sensei and gasshuku Guideline Paper…so they could  also mentally follow our items.
There was special ‘waza’ instruction…a special lesson: ‘how to play with the elements of moving’,  a session:  performance of waza’ (TaiKi essence) , ‘embu’ meeting with the ‘unextpected’,  tanshu’ (freefight)  and ‘solo tanshu’.
This last item culminated in a perfect happening when mr. Ziga  guided the TaiKi players with his drums and bells during their moving…and so the kenpoka showed their personal and specific  moving signature in  their ‘tanshu-moving’ performance.

We finished with a special grading ceremony…mr. Alain Stoll, a Shotokai karateka yondan, and true shugyosa (see his book: Parcours d’un Adepte) who we know since 1988 and who ever since kept up contact with us wherever we taught…was incorporated in the TaiKi Family and was awarded a Moku-roku Menkyo (yondan) certificate with the Renshi allowance to teach TaiKi.
For him personally a very nice moment after such a long search and of 7 years experience with TaiKi in Yokohama Japan, where he trained with Shimada sensei. Our Congratulations!

After the Reigi…we all departed to sensei Hans and Daphne’s house where a splendid Suriname dinner was waiting for us. The one’s who had to travel home a long way, where treated first and the others enjoyed their stay with the Bakkers’.
Jan Kallenbach
TaiKi Kyoshi

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