Tuesday 28 December 2010


I've uploaded a video of SEIRYU KATA on Youtube. This Asai-ha Shotokan-ryu Karatedo Koten Kata focuses primarily on muchiken-waza (whip fist techniques).

This is the final version which Asai Sensei taught me. Unlike other versions of this kata floating around online THIS IS THE WAY SEIRYU IS SUPPOSED TO BE EXECUTED, as opposed to being Shotokanized, which invalidates its practice. This is the correct use of energy, not for winning competitions and `looking good', but rather to turn the human body into a whip.

Filmed yesterday at the Christchurch Shotokan Karate Club (primarily for those who I have taught this kata to in 2010; especially those in Japan, Germany, Italy & New Zealand), this is a `warts and all' rendition, done in one take. Please feel free to make a comment, but keep in mind, this is Asai-ha Shotokan-ryu Karate as opposed to being 'standard Shotokan'. Click on the following link to check out the video on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNcOeu5Fv20
© André Bertel, New Zealand 2010

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