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.
Monday, 9 September 2013
A change from Gankaku to Sochin...
aforementioned training regime continues I have altered my kata training. While
I am still working on Bassai-sho, I have switched Gankaku with Sochin; furthermore,
I’ve added a random kata every practice to spice things up a little. However, unlike
Sochin and Bassai-sho, I’m only doing this additional kata twice—once walking
through it and once at regular speed. Today, the kata was Heian-shodan to
complement Sochin insofar as waza no kankyu and chikara no kyojaku are
rationale behind this has been to focus more vigorously on my hand/body
shifting timing. Whilst this could obviously be done with Gankaku, for me,
Sochin is a kata which I find particularly challenging: so I decided to further
push myself by utilising it.
Gojushiho-Sho... Todays additional kata. `Natural hip position'...
always a humbling experience as while we develop, more glitches appear… For me
this is a greatest motivation and presents a massive opportunity. This
opportunity, if harnessed well, can not only lead to increased technical development
but also to foster humility and inner strength.
never expect to achieve `good karate’ the dream of achieving this target
remains; moreover, as I improve my character through training—and this comes
out in my daily life—I further understand what Karate-Do is.
facing one’s own weaknesses can be done by simply choosing a kata, which doesn’t
suit oneself; what is more, this can transcend the physical benefits of making
regards and best wishes from Japan, André.