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.
Kevin Berry, who maintains the blog for the Blackpool and
Wyre Karate Club, has posted some reports on my seminars in Great Britain. Kevin is a great
bloke, with super sense of humour—he could even tolerate my lame jokes!
Moreover, he (along with Naz and Michael Barr Sensei) completed special
are the links to his articles in chronological order:
I have just arrived back from three weeks of teaching Asai-ha Shotokan-ryu in the United Kingdom. Here is the first video from the open seminars in Poulton. Many thanks to the organiser, Michael Barr Sensei (IJKA 4th Dan) and his lovely wife Nathalie, Ron Bellwood Shihan (IJKA 7th Dan) and the members/families of the IJKA Blackpool & Wyre Shotokan Karate Club. Also a special mention of Nazz and Kevin, and all the participants who attended my classes. It was wonderful for me and Mizuho to see you all gain a better understanding of Asai Sensei's karate and also enjoy social time together. Osu, Andre
Featured here is a photo (click to enlarge)
from my Asai-ha Shotokan seminar over the weekend in Poulton-le-Fylde (organised
by Michael Barr Sensei and hosted by IJKA Blackpool and Wyre). A big "OSU" to all of the karateka who attended.
Upon returning to New Zealand several reports will be posted
here on this site (supplemented by video footage) – so stay tuned. As always,
this will be particularly useful for the karateka who participated.