Saturday 15 January 2011


Here are the videos uploaded so far. Please wander through them and please make some comments! As time passes I'll periodically upload more video footage of my karate, and training under and assisting) Tetsuhiko Asai Sensei. The teaching section shows how I conduct technical seminars. This is important, as spreading Asai Karate is my prime target as an instructor, as "very few" others (I'm talking a handful at best - worldwide) are doing this effectively. I must emphasise here that I'm by no means claiming to be a talented karateka, however I try my best to follow Asai-ha Shotokan-ryu as Sensei taught it, and have had first-hand experience (and this is technically reflected in my karate, which seems to seriously disturb some people).

Talk is cheap, only physical skill talks: My belief is that talk is cheap, just as words on paper or text read off a computer screen are. This is the reason for the videos and photos on this blog.
They are not to show off, but rather act as proof that I'm not some ninny tapping on a computer. There are plenty of people out there who are `internet karate masters'. The pictures and videos essentially qualify my words, as dan ranks, qualifications, photos with famous instructors, and championship titles are completely insufficient in this regards (they mean nothing `standards-wise'). My philosophy is to always to "TALK WITH MY KARATE FIRST". I hope you enjoy these clips and that they supplement the articles on here. Osu, André Bertel.


1. Embu with Tetsuhiko Asai Sensei:

2. Assisting Tetsuhiko Asai Sensei 1:

3. Assisting Tetsuhiko Asai Sensei 2:

4. Private tuition from Tetsuhiko Asai Sensei 1:

5. Private tuition from Tetsuhiko Asai Sensei 2:

6. Asai Tetsuhiko Shuseki-Shihan and André Sensei on New Zealand TV:



8. ASAI-HA SHOTOKAN-RYU KOTEN KATA: Kaminari-Arashi (Slowly then regular speed):

9. ASAI-HA SHOTOKAN-RYU KOTEN KATA: Seiryu (Regular speed):


10. Teaching in Tokyo, Japan:

11. Teaching in Lignano Sabbiadoro and Mira, Italy 1 (Hosted by Guiseppe Formenton Shihan and Mauro Mion Shihan, JKS Italia):

12. Teaching in Mira, Italy 2 (Hosted by Mauro Mion Shihan and Guiseppe Formenton Shihan, JKS Italia):

13. Teaching in Ahrensburg, Germany (Hosted by Oliver and Yan Schoemburg, Yawara Dojo):

14. Teaching in Hamburg, Germany:

15. Teaching in Hawaii, USA (Hosted by JKS and IJKA Hawaii):

16. Teaching in Palmerston North, New Zealand (Hosted by Morgan Dilks Sensei, USKF New Zealand):

17. Teaching Tekki-Shodan bunkai to Michael Barr Sensei in Christchurch, New Zealand:

18. Andre Bertel Self-Training in Japan 1:

19. CTV Interview:


20. KUMITE: Mawashi-geri kara jodan-zuki:

21. KUMITE: Tai-sabaki:

22. KUMITE: Gyaku-zuki:

23. KUMITE: Ashi-barai 2:

24. KUMITE: Chudan mawashi-geri:

25. KUMITE: Ashi-barai kara gyaku-zuki:

26. KUMITE: Ashi-barai 1:

27. KUMITE: Ippon:

28. ASAI SENSEI FUNERAL VIDEO - CELEBRATING THE KARATE LIFE OF SENSEI: These clips were strung together by Sensei's daughter, professional actress and dancer Hoshimi Asai. Needless to say I was very honored to be included in this memorial video, which was played at Asai Sensei's funeral. The other two foreign students of Sensei, also featured several times, are Pemba Tamang Sensei ( and Richard Amos Sensei. Follow this link for Part I: (also be sure to check out parts II and III).
© André Bertel, New Zealand 2011.

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