This site is based on my daily practice of traditional Shotokan Karate-Do. I'm a Japan and international instructor based in Oita City. My dojo constantly has high-level trainees from all over Japan and, occassionally karateka from abroad, seeking true budo. More than anything else, unlike the majority of other karate-do websites, this page is primarily dedicated to training itself; that is, Karate-Do as a vehicle for holistic development.
Sunday, 12 June 2011
Rakuyo Kata Performed Slowly
In the video featured here AsaiSensei had me perform the IJKAkataRAKUYO (Falling Leaf) slowly.
AsaiSensei's commentary is worth listening to! Sensei liked my kata, as I did it the way he wanted me to - as pure BUJUTSU (MARTIAL ART). That is probably why he shared so many of his koten-gata with me and always had me demonstrate kata when assisting him at seminars. According to Mrs. Asai (now IJKA PRESIDENT), "watch my husbands body language when he had you demonstrate a kata for him"... This is really shown in this video!
Needless to say, I still perform kata as Sensei taught me focusing on practical application, smoothness, fluidity, natural action and snap. AsaiSensei defined "precise kata" as "karate for actual kumite/self-defence application". _________
Whilst this is not explosive video footage, I hope you appreciate it for what it is. Rakuyokata performed slowly in front of my late karate teacher, the legendary Shotokan Master Shuseki-ShihanTetsuhikoAsai.