Reunion dinner was a smash hit
LOCAL Goju Kai officials have praised Grafton for 'opening its doors' to martial arts supporters after the group successfully hosted the North Coast Goju Kai's 30-year reunion dinner last weekend.
Goju Kai fans and former students flooded to the area for the reunion dinner and the chance to train with special guest, Grand Master Goshi Yamaguchi Saiko Shihan.
Grafton Goju Kai chief instructor Allan Coulter said the weekend had been an 'outstanding' postcard for the area.
“The food was terrific, the venue (Grafton District Golf Course) was great ... the weather was beautiful,” he said.
“We had 100 people at the dinner and about the same at every training session.
“It was fantastic and a great coup for local karate.”
Local martial arts was not the only winner, with local businesses also benefiting from the hordes of supporters who travelled from interstate and overseas to participate in the weekend's activities.
“We had 10 masters come from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa,” Coulter said.
“The weekend was good for the town, the restaurants and the hotels.”
Coulter said the training sessions led by Yamaguchi had been a complete success.
“He's outstanding ... very kind and very patient,” he said.
“He was good with the kids and was pleased with our standard.”
Yamaguchi will spend the next couple of days holidaying in the Clarence Valley before travelling to Iran, North America and South Africa.