Monday 16 May 2011

Perfect practice makes perfect

Practice must be first and fore mostly based on perfecting the FOUNDATIONAL TECHNIQUES of Karate-Do. These `Kihon-waza' are like the foundation of a house with origins in the six basic kata, namely Heian-shodan to Tekki-shodan.

My mentor Tetsuhiko Asai Sensei (10th Dan) also gave us the five Junro kata which help us to further study the foundational techniques The standard Shotokan-ryu kihon-gata & Asai-ryu kihon-gata combined with Yakusoku-kumite if taught in the right way result in high level karate fundamentals.

Regardless of training, what matters is CORRECT PRACTICE & REPETITIONS OF CORRECT KARATE resulting in mastery of "the core basics". Many people say "there are no short cuts" but I prefer to say "do things right from the beginning and no time and effort is wasted". In karate this requires a good instructor, which is a rarity nowadays. I know of several people in existing Shotokan dojo here in Christchurch who are not satisfied by the low level of instruction that they are recieving. All of these individuals are welcome at my dojo TETSUBUKAN and the CPIT CITY DOJO run by Lyall Stone Sensei. However... They should be prepared to be corrected. Time wasting and passing on bad habits is not a part of the syllabus we teach.

© André Bertel. Christchurch, New Zealand (2011).

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