Friday 18 December 2009


In Tokyo 1993, after passing my JKA (Matsuno-group) yondan, Asai Sensei said to me at the after party "if Nakayama Sensei had not so prematurely died, there would have been a Best Karate 12, featuring Wankan and Jiin. Also a 'special advice section on kata', much similar to Best Karate 8".
My purpose in my relaying this to you, is not solely for the preservation of Wan'kan kata, but rather to confirm something, which otherwise might not have been openly known. Yes, Best Karate volume 12, was a planned project, but sadly never eventuated.

© André Bertel, Japan 2009.

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