Tuesday 11 August 2009

Hosted by Shotokan Karate New Zealand

It was a real pleasure for me to be hosted by Lyall Stone Sensei and his organisation SKNZ (Shotokan Karate New Zealand). I hope that what I demonstrated, and taught, was technically beneficial for everyone there!

Primarily softness and natural energy were the key points I emphasised (via the fundamental techniques and some special drills that Asai Sensei advocated). Another aspect I stressed was their understanding and optimization of their chushin. The students were clearly shocked by how much power they could gain!

In addition to my own teaching, I also joined in, and trained along with everyone in the general class. As karate is fore mostly about one's own training, I also wanted to 'just train'. I thoroughly enjoyed Lyall Sensei's lessons, as the sheer simplicity of each practice gave them even greater depth. This is the essence of traditional Japanese karate-do... Truly reliable (confidently functional) techniques can only come from hundreds of thousands of repetitions... And these repetitions must be technically exact! Lyall's classes perfectly reflect this point.

Thankfully, by the work of Chief Instructor, Lyall Stone Sensei, and SKNZ, authentic Shotokan karate training is still accessible, for those living in Christchurch City & the Canterbury region. I thoroughly look forward to teaching and training at the SKNZ HQ again in the future.

© André Bertel, Japan (2009).

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