Monday, 11 November 2019

富貴寺

 
Today I travelled deep into the countryside of Oita Prefecture to train at Fukiji Temple, which is a National Treasure of Japan. The last time I self-trained at Fukiji was, I think, 2007… So it’s been a fair while… Located in Fuki Oaza, Bungo Takada Shi (right in the center of the Kunisaki Pininsula).

My reason for not training there in over a decade is quite simple! Oita Prefecture is filled with such wonderful traditional places to practice Karate-Do!!! Furthermore, due to Fukiji’s location—in relation to my home in central Oita City—it is too time-consuming for me to get there: especially due to my schedule.

Excuses, excuses………..To make me feel less guilty about not visiting the temple for so long, it still existed 1000 years since my last visit 10+ years ago. In fact it is said to be the oldest wooden building in Kyushu: said to be built in the year 1000.

I’ll not detail my practice today except to say it was Kihon and Kata—centric. Photos and are better than text. In sum, I'm coming back to a 'restart phase'... START AGAIN...

押忍
Andre 






© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2019).

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Renshusei from Frankfurt: Janine Krekel

 Janine Krekel from Frankfurt, Germany, came for eight hours of training as a Renshusei at my dojo here in Oita City.

Over the days the training included kata: 五十四歩小(Gojushiho Sho), 五十四歩大 (Gojushiho Dai), 曇手 (Unsu) and 落葉 (Rakuyo).

Extensive fine tuned kihon and applications were practiced in relation to these four kata; furthermore, connections to the shitei-gata and sentei-gata.

Overall, Janine was extremely focused and did very well. As a result, she clearly lifted her skill level over the days and, beyond that, left with plenty of budo/bujutsu karate 'homework'.

Congratulations Janine on your improvements. I wish you the best in your on-going training. Osu, Andre


APPLICATION FOR RENSHUSEI 2020

For those wishing to book places as Renshusei next year, applications are now finally open. I recommend booking at least three months in advance to secure days and times. For non-Japanese karateka, you will need to arrange your own visa. Bookings are arranged by email: andrebertelono@gmail.com
Please title the email RENSHUSEI APPLICATION. 
 © André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2019).

Sunday, 27 October 2019

2020 Deutschland Seminar Announcements

I will be again conducting two International Budo Karate Seminars in Deutschland next year. 


The first will be in April in the South (Seehausen, Bavaria). Direct link: http://bodhidharma.de/downloads/bertel_bavarian_budo_experience_flyer_2004_dft.pdf

The second will be in the eastern side of the country (Freital, Saxony), which will be held in September. Direct link: 


These two technical seminars, while related, will involve different content. As always my objective is to share a wide range of knowledge, however, this early establishment of two seminars in Germany provides a platform to do this with greater effectiveness. For those wishing to attend I thoroughly recommend getting in early. See you next year in Deutschland!


Osu and greetings from Oita City, Japan.
Andre




 © André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2019).

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Morgan Sensei, Brad, Paul and Steve from Aotearoa - New Zealand


Morgan Dilks Sensei from Palmerston North, New Zealand, came with three of his students: Brad Stevens, Paul Mangin and Steve Brown.
The training was focused on a significant number of key points of Kihon underpinning karate as bujutsu; furthermore, this was furthered by practical oyo (applications), which was the requested focus. Primarily sequences from Enpi kata were analyzed—in context with iriguchiwaza, also kihon ukewaza, freestyle and foundational unsoku (footwork) and so on. 
Overall, as always, it was super to be with Morgan: both in and out of the dojo. Also it was awesome to catch up with Brad, and forge new friendships with Paul and Steven. All the best guys for your remaining time here in Japan. We wish you a safe and fun journey home to Aotearoa New Zealand. Osu, André


© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2019).

Monday, 21 October 2019

Renshusei: Peter Lampe Sensei




Peter Lampe Sensei (and his lovely wife Birte) came for private training over the last few days. So much was covered that I am simply going to post a few photos: as opposed to transcribe everything.

Lastly I want to congratulate Peter on his technical progression and greater understanding of budo karate.

Away from training lots of fun was had. A big thanks to you both and congratulations Peter on your karate development. 

Osu, André

Movement one of Shotei (Dai) Kata.








  
© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2019).

Thursday, 17 October 2019

"Karateschule Fuji San Munster' Instructors return

Torsten Uhlemann Sensei and Andrea Haeusler Sensei, (the instructors at 'Karateschule Fuji San Munster') returned to Oita for private training here at my dojo. I was fortunate to be able to teach a class at their dojo in Germany just last month! So it was great to see and work with them again so soon.

Based on what was covered this time I know that the students at 'Karateschule Fuji San Munster' are going to have access to some new areas of high-level budo karate knowledge. It was great to see that Andrea and Torsten have improved and, undoubtedly, improve even more from now.

Away from training we also enjoyed many fun times together in and around Oita City.




 Torsten and Andrea, it was wonderful to have you both training here in my dojo again. Kindest regards to you and to all of your students at 'Karateschule Fuji San Munster'. Osu and greetings, André

© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2019).

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Trainee from Kazakhstan

Tuleukhan Iskakov (3rd Dan) came again to learn karate as Budo/Bujutsu. It was wonderful to see his progress. He has a great heart and has a determined spirit to develop his personal karate skills and also, indeed, for karate in Kazakhstan. Osu.

© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2019).

Sunday, 13 October 2019

落葉 (Rakuyo) Kata

The YouTube video link at the bottom of this page has no explanation as it is for those who attended the September 2019 'IKS ONE' SEMINAR' in Halle, Germany.

It is a reminder of the exact movements, but also, the key points taught. The underpinning aspects of karate as a martial art of self defense: and, how powerful it is when properly done!

落葉 (Rakuyo) means 'falling leaves' and I was only non-Japanese karateka to learn this kata directly from Asai Sensei - there are over 15 kata and, far more importantly, their applications in this category. The version featured here is the correct version of Rakuyo: unlike the others on the internet, which are 'just movement'. Just movement is merely learning kata for just having another kata. From Asai Sensei's view and mine also, THIS IS TIME WASTED. So how to make this kata not a waste of time... Falling leaves seem so soft, but that is the point. The concept connects Newtons laws with human action.

Proper study of this kata is very demanding but results in great improvements in skill, via natural use of energy and the connection with kihon. Please be aware that 'IKS ONE' in September 2019 was the first time I have taught this kata since my seminar in Hawaii 2003 (as Asai Sensei's personal assistant). Nevertheless, after 2003 Asai Tetsuhiko Sensei further corrected me, refining my actions and changing some movements/applications; hence, this is the first time I have taught this kata properly to anyone in the world

Next year and beyond many kata and applications - not previously taught before - will be shared at seminars (in Japan and around the world) and at the IKS instructors class here in Oita City: TO ENSURE THAT THIS SPECIAL FORM OF BUDO/BUJUTSU SHOTOKAN IS PRESERVED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

Osu, André


© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2019).

Friday, 11 October 2019

Renshusei: Ina, Christian and Christoph from Gießen

Ina Batz, Christian Finger and Christoph Albrecht—all from Gießen, Deutschland—came for private training here in Oita on October 8th and 9th.

It was a wonderful time to have them here: both in and out of the dojo. They all did extremely well in the renshusei training and have lots to take back and share with their dojo in Gießen. I won’t write about what I taught, as that is for them to train/share at their personal discretion; however, it was great to see them expand their physical understanding of karate as budo/bujutsu in a tangible way. This is a big credit to all three of them.

I have to say Christian, Christoph and Ina are not only studious karateka but, also, lovely and fun people... with the exception of Ina’s obsession with ‘yellow things’, which I have also noted (at international seminars for a few years) LOL... 
Yellow aside, overall, it was also a great pleasure to spend time together. We enjoyed many nice times and I got to witness some fine karate improvements, which is always wonderful. Safe and fun travels Christoph, Ina and Christian. Until next time we meet, Osu, André.
© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2019).
(Photos courtesy of Ina)

Monday, 7 October 2019

Pre Training for the '2020 Bavarian Budo Experience'


Punito Aisenpreis Sensei, from Murnau (Southern Deutschland), came for another five days of one-on-one tuition here in Oita City, Japan.



This time I focused on sharing ‘Kihon within Kihon’ at a deeper level. In relation to this, Kata and self defense were covered. The kata included the standard Shotokan-Ryu formal exercises and also Asai Sensei’s kata.

By the end of the five days of training Punito really showed technical and applicative developments in his skill.

In April of next year I will conduct a seminar in Murnau for the first time, here is a link for more information: (http://bodhidharma.de/downloads/bertel_bavarian_budo_experience_flyer_2004_dft.pdf). Needless to say, it will be a really great event, as since my last seminar in Halle—I began a next phase of  'knowledge release', which will continue in 2020 and beyond. Omedetou gozaimasu Punito on your karate advancement and, also, thanks for great times outside of training. Osu, André
© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2019).