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  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 11:08 pm on 25/10/2014 Permalink
    Tags: Championships, Competitions, HKF   

    Hellenic Karate Championship 2014 (coloured & black belts) 

    General Information:

    Organizer Hellenic Karate Federation
    Contact +30 210 6813 112,
    Date Sat. 15/11/2014 – Sun. 16/11/2014
    Location Ano Liosia Olympic Hall
    Address Konstantinoupoleos, 13342, Ano Liosia
    Directions: Google Maps / Apple Maps
    (Attiki Odos to “Elefsina”, Exit 5 “Periferiaki Egaleo”)
    Proclamation (updated Nov. 5th)
    Athlete’s Entry Fee 20 EUR for 1 category entry + 5 EUR for additional entries
    Visitor’s Entry Fee Free entrance
    Competition Rules World Karate Federation rules & regulations
    Elimination System Repechage (Kata and Kumite)
    Event Information
    Registrations (until Nov. 12th)

    Competition Facts:

    Athletes 1.502 athletes (938 male, 564 female) from 113 clubs with 1.935 entries (945 Kata, 990 Kumite) in 289 categories were registered in total (as of Nov. 13th)
    Draws Kata, Kumite Kata, Kumite
    Draw Records Kata, Kumite
    Results / Medals
    Club Statistics
    Hellenic Karate FederationHellenic Karate Championship 2014
  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 2:02 pm on 06/07/2014 Permalink
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    Aikido seminar with Pascal Guillemin in Greece, Nov. 2014 

    Instructor Pascal Guillemin, 5th Dan Aikikai
    Date 15/11/2014 – 16/11/2014
    Location Aikido Academy
    Address Thrakis 30, Ellinikon, 16777, Greece
    Cost 45€ (all sessions)
    Schedule Sat. 15/11 11:00 – 13:00, 15:30 – 17:15
    Sun. 16/11 11:00 – 13:00
    Contact Aikido Academy, +30 210 973 2896

    Video from seminar at Athens, Greece (June 2014):

  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 3:56 pm on 28/06/2014 Permalink
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    Aikido seminar with Donovan Waite in Greece, Oct. 2014 

    Instructor Donovan Waite Shihan, 7th Dan Aikikai
    Date 18/10/2014 – 19/10/2014
    Location O.A.K.A. Olympic Complex – Martial Way
    Address Olimpionikou Spirou Loui Ave., Marousi, 15123, Greece
    Schedule Sat. 18/10 10:30 – 12:30, 13:15 – 15:15
    Sun. 19/10 10:30 – 12:30, 13:15 – 15:15
    Contact, +30 6944 631 792 (Nikos Korres)

    Video from seminar at Simmersfeld, Germany (July 2013):
  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 10:48 am on 11/05/2014 Permalink
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    Aikido seminar with Pascal Guillemin in Greece, Jun. 2014 

    Instructor Pascal Guillemin, 5th Dan Aikikai
    Date 21/06/2014 – 22/06/2014
    Location Aikido Academy
    Address Thrakis 30, Ellinikon, 16777, Greece
    Cost 45€ (all sessions)
    Schedule Sat. 21/06 10:30 – 12:30, 15:00 – 16:45
    Sun. 22/06 10:30 – 12:30
    Contact Aikido Academy, +30 210 973 2896

    Video from seminar at Poznań, Poland (February 2013):

  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 11:44 am on 31/01/2014 Permalink
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    Aikido seminar with Christian Tissier Shihan in France (Stage de Pâques 2014) 

    Instructor Christian Tissier Shihan, 7th Dan Aikikai
    Date 19/4/2014 – 24/4/2014
    Location Institute of Judo
    Address 21 Avenue de la Porte de Châtillon, Paris, France
    Cost 130€
    Schedule 09:30 – 16:00
    Contact Circle Tissier, +33 (0) 143 282 990
    Christian Tissier - Stage de Pâques 2014
    Update 11/4/2014: The location of the seminar has been changed (click here to see the updated poster). The schedule remains unchanged.
    According to the Facebook post of Christian Tissier Shihan “Due to a structural problem of the building and for the security of everybody we are obliged to change the place of the easter seminar.
  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 4:15 pm on 22/10/2013 Permalink
    Tags: , HANA, openSAP   

    openSAP introductory courses on SAP HANA (October 2013) 


    openSAP, SAP‘s platform for open online courses, announced the following 2 introductory courses on SAP HANA:

  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 11:47 pm on 07/10/2013 Permalink
    Tags: Best Practices, , RDS,   

    What SAP rapid deployment solutions can do for the midmarket 

    With the rapid-deployment solutions (RDS), SAP wants to make it easier for small and midsize enterprises (SME) to take on large-scale IT projects. We look at a solution for planning in SAP Supply Chain Management (SCM).

    Lacking both the personnel to carry out large-scale IT projects and the financial resources to implement them, small and midsize enterprises often end up postponing projects, or canceling them altogether. But with the help of so-called rapid-deployment solutions, companies should be able to change this situation, at least in the ERP space, say SAP and its partner ITML GmbH. Relevant, pre-defined best practices for SAP Business All-in-One ensure that the rapid-deployment solutions are well-suited to the needs of small and midsize enterprise customers.


    Individual functionality

    Rapid-deployment solutions are available for a wide range of applications. Each one is made up of the following components:

    Software: preconfigured standard software from the SAP portfolio for specific business processes
    Services: predefined services for implementation and training, with a fixed price and service scope by ITML
    Content: pre-developed content, such as SAP best practices and templates for specific usage cases, and tools for implementing the solution
    Enablement: manuals and training materials to increase user buy-in
    The rapid-deployment solution for advanced production scheduling in SAP SCM enables customers to add detailed scheduling functions to their ERP solution quickly and with very little effort. This is based on the MRP-based detailed scheduling scenario and combines the SAP ERP planning processes with detailed scheduling functions from SAP SCM (Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling).

    Planned orders created in SAP ERP are placed in the optimal sequence for production using the large number of scheduling functions and strategies available in SAP SCM. It is also possible to use the Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (PP/DS) Optimizer to determine the sequence, taking into account predefined parameters.

    In order to reduce the workload for detailed schedulers, SAP SCM offers a function that uses individually defined exception messages to keep the scheduler’s focus primarily on critical situations. Less critical products are planned automatically. The scheduler then decides whether to initially store the results as a simulation or to pass the changes on to production when scheduling is complete. The results of detailed scheduling in SAP SCM then flow automatically into the current scheduling situation in SAP ERP and the production process begins.


  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 7:37 pm on 07/10/2013 Permalink
    Tags: advisory, consulting, Greece, support   

    Greek companies providing SAP consulting services 

    The list of Greek companies (including SAP Hellas and SAP Partners in Greece), in alphabetical order, that provide SAP consulting services, varying from advisory and process consulting through to implementation, support and hosting, are the following:

    1 SAP Partner
    2 Offers SAP consulting services to the NBG Group
    3 Offers supplementary consulting services

    Note: This post is for general guidance and there might be omissions or inaccuracies, in case information on SAP Hellas website and/or on each individual company’s website has not been updated.

  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 11:20 pm on 20/09/2013 Permalink

    Revert Google Chrome “New Tab” page to the old style 

    Google Chrome‘s “New Tab” page was redesigned (stable release 29.0.1547.76) in an attempt to offer a faster and simpler style.

    Google Chrome's 'New Tab' page

    You can easily switch bank to the old style of the “New Tab” page by following these steps:

    1. Type chrome://flags into Google Chrome‘s address bar (omnibox).
    2. Search (by pressing F3 or Ctrl + F) for the feature “Enable Instant Extended API” (#enable-instant-extended-api) and change its setting from “Default” to “Disabled“.
      Enable Instant Extended API
    3. Click on “Relaunch Now” at the bottom of the screen to restart Google Chrome. The old style “New Tab” page should appear, which displays tiles of the most visited pages or the Chrome apps.
    Update 24/2/2014: As of Chrome 33, the “Instant Extended API” feature can no longer be deactivated.
  • Thanasis Tsapanoglou 7:50 am on 09/09/2013 Permalink
    Tags: Reigi, Ritsu Rei, Seiza, Za Rei   

    A Thought On Reigi Saho: Fundamental Philosophy of Reigi 

    SeizaThe motivating principle of human survival, based upon the instinctual needs of food and sex, is power. The ability to effectively use power is crucial for the sustenance of life itself. The technology of fighting, pre-modern and modern, is an expression of this power, and the human race has survived to this point in history because of the ability to properly use this power. In fact, the development of this technology has given rise to new ideas, scientific advances, civilization, and culture. The basic principle of power is deeply rooted in life itself, and it is still the basis of human society as we know it today.

    The student of Aikido, regardless of the reason, has chosen this particular form of martial art as his or her path, seeking to integrate it into daily life and undertaking the practice with dedication and constancy. Some people get enjoyment out of the Aikido training while some others get lost and fall into confusion. Some approach the training selfishly while others approach with modesty. Each person’s approach to the training is a personal expression of his or her suffering and conflicts as a human being. Thus, the person applies his or her own judgment to Aikido and tries to give his or her own meaning to Aikido. The significance of Aikido, first of all, is that it is a martial art, but it also has meaning as the manifestation of natural laws and as a psychological, sociological, physiological, ethical, and religious phenomenon. All of these are overlapping, although each has its own unique identity, and together they constitute what we call Aikido.

    If we pursue the combative aspect Aikido in our training, we can find extremely lethal and destructive power in Aikido. Therefore, if Aikido is misused, it can become a martial art of incomparable danger. Originally, martial arts meant this dangerous aspect. Aikido is no exception. Thus, any combative art unaccompanied by a strict philosophical discipline of life and death is nothing but a competitive sport.

    While sports do not deal directly with life-or-death situations, they nevertheless advocate certain values necessary for building of character, for example, the observance of rules, respect for others, sportsmanship, proper dress and manners. This should be even more true and essential in the art of Aikido because Aikido deals with the question of life or death and insists on the preservation of life. In such an art is it not unquestionably appropriate to emphasize the need of dignified Rei in human interactions? Therefore, it is said that Rei is the origin and final goal of budo.

    Some people may react negatively to this emphasis on etiquette as old-fashioned, conservative, and even feudalistic in some societies, and this is quite understandable. But we must never lose sight of the essence of Rei. Students of Aikido are especially required to appreciate the reason for and the meaning of Reigi-saho, for it becomes an important step towards misogi, which is at the heart of Aikido practice. I hope to discuss misogi in a future article.

    At any rate, people working in martial arts tend to become attached to technical strength. They become arrogant and boorish, bragging of their accomplishments. They tend to make unpolished statements based on egoism. They immerse themselves in self-satisfaction. They not only fail to contribute anything to society but, as human beings, their attitudes are under-developed and their actions are childish. What is important about Reigi-saho is that it is not simply a matter of bowing properly. The basis of Reigi-saho is the accomplishment of the purified inner self and the personal dignity essential to the martial artist.

    If we advance this way of thinking, the matter of Reigi-saho becomes the question of how one should live life itself. It determines what one’s mental frame and physical posture should be prior to any conflict situation; the guard-posture must have no openings. Thus, Reigi-saho originates in a sincere and serious confrontation with life and death. Above all, Reigi-saho is an expression of mutual respect in person-to-person encounters, a respect for each other’s personalities, a respect which results from the martial artist‘s confrontations with life-or-death situations. The culmination of the martial artist‘s experience is the expression of love for all of humanity. This expression of love for all of humanity is Reigi-saho.

    The martial artist‘s respect for the self and for others easily tends to become coarse and unpolished. So the idea of Reigi-saho, that each person is important, functions as a filter to purify and sublimate the martial artist‘s personality and dignity. Reigi-saho thus melts into a harmonious whole with the personal power and confidence that the martial artist possesses. This coming together establishes a peaceful, secure, and stable inner self which appears externally as the martial artist‘s personal dignity. Hence, a respectful personality with strength and independence is actualized. Therefore, Reigi-saho is a form of self-expression. The formalized actions of Reigi-saho reveal the total knowledge and personality of the martial artist.

    We who are trying to actualize ourselves through Aikido should recognize that we are each independent. Only with such deep awareness of the self, can we carry out a highly polished Rei with confidence.

    In short, Reigi-saho is to sit and bow perfectly and with dignity. In this formalized expression of Rei, there exists the martial artist‘s expression of self resulting from his or her philosophy of life and death. And, for this reason, the martial artist shows merciful care and concern for those who walk on the same path. The martial artist shows merciful care and concern for all who seek to develop themselves in mind, body, and spirit, with sincere
    respect for other human lives.

    In order for any external, physical act to be complete, it must be an expression of the total person. Abstractly, the external form includes the inside. This is a complete form. For Reigi-saho, that means that the external act was from the deep heart or mind. Also, the heart or mind was using the external act for its expression. This is a complete act. The formalized expression of the inner and outer person harmonized is the Saho of Reigi.

    Saho (Formalized expression of Rei)

    Reigi-saho thus contains varied implications regarding the inner life, but the observable form is a straightforward expression of respect for others, eliminating all unnecessary motions and leaving no trace of inattention. In the handling of martial art weapons the safest and most rational procedure has been formalized so that injury will not fall upon others as well as on oneself. Ultimately the formalized movements become a natural movement of the martial artist who has become one with the particular weapon. Below is an outline of the basics of Saho which I consider necessary knowledge for the martial artist.

    1. Seiza 正座 (formal, Japanese-style sitting)

    From your natural standing position draw your left leg slightly backwards (in some cases the right leg), kneel down on your left knee while staying on your toes. then kneel on your right knee, lining up both feet while on your toes. Sit down slowly on both heels, as you straighten your toes, placing them flat on the floor so that you sit on the soles of your feet. Place either your left big toe on the right big toe, or have both big toes lightly touch each other side by side.

    Next, place both hands on your thighs with fingers pointing slightly inward. Spread out both elbows very slightly but naturally, dropping the tension in your shoulders into the tanden or the pit of he stomach. Raise your sternum which will naturally straighten your back (do not stiffen your back), look straight ahead of you, and calm your body and mind for proper breathing. The space between the knees on the floor should be about the width of two or three fists.


    Image 1

    2. Rei before the Kamiza (front altar)

    From the seiza position slide both palms of your hands forward to the floor about a foot in front of you, forming a triangle, and then bow by lowering your face slowly and quietly towards the center of the triangle. Do not raise your hip or round your back as you do so; it is important to bend your body at the waist, keeping the back straight as possible. After a brief pause gradually raise your bowed head, pulling up both hands at the same time. Return both hands to the original seiza position and look straight forward.

    3. Rei toward fellow students

    From the position of the seiza first slide your left hand forward slowly, followed by the right hand, and place them on he floor about a foot in front of you and form a triangle, identical to the procedures described above. Following the bow, pull back your right hand while raising he body, followed by the left hand, and return to the original seiza position.


    Image 2

    4. Rei towards teachers

    The same etiquette as above is observed for bowing to your teacher, but the student should remember to lower his or her head in a bow before the teacher does, and to raise his or her own head after the teacher raises his or hers. Please remember that your bow shows your mental readiness. (Image 2)

    5. Standing from the seiza position

    First get on your toes, then begin to stand as you move your right foot (or left foot) half a step forward. Stand up slowly and quietly and pull back the right foot (or left foot) so that you are standing naturally. (Image 2)

    6. Saho when holding sword (applies also to other weapons such as bokken, jo, etc.)

    The sword is normally placed on the sword stand with the handle to the left of you and the blade facing upward. (The side of the sword thus seen is called the front of the sword.) The placement of the sword is reversed for self-protection in cases of emergencies and when retiring at night.

    (a) Rei to the sword (standing)

    Take the sword from the sword stand with your right hand grasping the scabbard near the sword guard with the right thumb pressing the sword guard. Then turn up your right hand, placing the handle to your right. Open your right palm holding the sword with the blade turned upwards, while at the same time the thumb of the left hand, palm down, holds the scabbard closer to the tip. The sword should be held up at eye level and the bow show be made slowly from the waist with the back kept straight. The sword is raised slightly during the bow.

    (b) Rei to the Kamiza (standing)

    From the standing bow to the sword, lower the sword in front of you thus bringing it closer to your body. With your right hand turn the handle upward with the blade facing you. The sword is held vertically with the right hand in front of your center, and the left hand now grasps the scabbard immediately below the right hand. The right hand then is freed, permitting it to grasp the backside of the sword blade from above. The right hand thus grasping the scabbard should have its index finger placed on the back side pointing towards the sword’s tip. Hold the sword close to the right side of your body with the tip turned towards the front at a 35-degree angle with your right hand at your hip bone. Stand erectly and piously make your bow to the Kamiza. The bow should be about 45 degrees and you should pull your chin in while you bow.

    (c) Rei in front of the Kamiza (sitting)

    Sit in seiza. Place the sword on the floor on the right side of your body with the blade pointing toward you. The sword should be parallel to your body. Slide both hands simultaneously down from your thighs to the floor and bow to the Kamiza.

    (d) Rei toward fellow students and teachers (sitting)

    The same procedure should be followed as in the case above, except for the different sequence of putting your left hand down on the floor first when bowing and pulling up the right hand first when rising from the bowing position.

    This concludes the description of the minimally required basics of Reigi-saho. The brevity of the explanations was intended to avoid possible confusion, but it may also have lead to lack of clarity and thoroughness of explanation concerning certain procedures.

    by Mitsunari Kanai


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