Every year TKRI clubs host special training sessions called kagami biraki. These roughly coincide with the Chinese New Year. We usually perform a kata 108 times and do various partner drills 108 times as well. Typically we add 108 sit ups, push ups, squats, lunges, and other miseries to the mix. I think this may be a good year for the Saint Louis club to add 108 burpees to the fun.
We usually collect food to donate to a local food bank or find some other way to help a local charity. We do this in lieu of charging a training fee. We have collected over a ton of canned goods over the years. It has always seemed to me that there is more “character” development to be realized in one food drive than in a hundred recitations of the dojo kun.
Sometimes we have special guests give presentations. Dave Lowry has been kind enough to present several times in the past. By the end of the day we are all puddles of karate goo. Exhaustion makes for great camaraderie so we often end up at a nearby restaurant to share food and beer (see we really are a karate group).
If you would like to know more about what is involved in a proper kagami biraki ( I am not claiming ours are particularly proper) follow this link to the article “Kagami Biraki: Renewing the Spirit” by Christopher Caile on the “Fighting Arts.com site.
We are only beginning to plan for this coming year’s kagami biraki. Once things take shape a little more I will pass the details along. Until then, if you are thinking about joining the fun you may want to follow this link to an article called the “100 Burpee Workout” and start preparing. Click Here to see the article.