Saturday, 20 November 2010

Advanced Shotokan Training in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Today Lyall Stone Sensei and I had a special five hour senior instructor training focusing on advanced skills and the long-term development of Shotokan Karatedo in Christchurch-City.
We covered the various standard forms of partner training namely Gohon kumite (five step sparring), Sambon kumite (three step sparring), Kihon ippon kumite (fundamental one step sparring), Jiyu ippon kumite (free one step sparring), Kaeshi ippon kumite (reaction one step sparring) and Jiyu kumite (free sparring). The ferocity of this advanced practice was focused on high level precision and maximization of effectiveness.

We then moved on to kata and covered the five Junro, Gankaku and Wankan in depth. Relationships between Gankaku and Heian-sandan/yondan were also made, with seamless ties back to the five Junro, and of course practical bunkai for goshin-jutsu (self-defence). I focused on coaching ryo hiji gamae, uraken no gamae, ryo sho tsukami uke, uchi-uke doji ni gedan barai, and several other aspects to up-level/improve the standards here.
Needless to say, this level of training is unique in the South Island of New Zealand. The Christchurch Karate Club is the only dojo in Christchurch City that offers its members serious traditional Japanese Shotokan tuition (where effective `martial arts' karate is taught). Advanced black belt sessions, like that of today, aim to further refine instructors skills at an even more intense level, and therefore further benefit everyone in the region who is serious about learning real karate.

© André Bertel. New Zealand, 2010.

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