INTRODUCING ASAI SHOTOKAN TO AUSTRALIA: This was the first introduction of Asai-ha Shotokan-ryu Karate in Australia, therefore so much of what I taught was completely new and very challenging for the participants, nevertheless, as I explained, demonstrated, and taught drills/applications, I could see the lights go on! The first point I emphasised was `THE MISSING LINK'. Essentially that "Traditional karate is not only a label but rather indicates that the karate being practiced is for actual self-defence, as opposed to being sports". In saying that I also stressed that "even if one doesn't compete, unless they train their kihon, kata and kumite, to be devastatingly effective in self-defence, they are still 'playing' sports karate".
SEMINAR VIDEO FOOTAGE ON YOUTUBE: Upon receiving the video footage of the seminars from Avon Valley Shotokan I'll upload some of the techniques/ applications which I taught over the weekend. I'll also post some information about the club at a later date.