Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Extra training in Aso-shi with Morooka San

Jiyu kumite training.
 I have been extra enjoying practice with my friend and training partner Morooka San over the last week. In addition to regular training at JKA (Japan Karate Association) Central Kumamoto Branch (under Nakamura Shihan), Morooka San has been coming to practice with me here in Aso-shi.
We have been primarily practicing for jiyu kumite and the shitei-gata; nevertheless, have we have also covered sentei-gata, yakusoku-kumite, and other aspects. Of course, everything has been related back to KIHON. In sum, the trainings have been very detailed and highly productive. Excellent is the only word that comes to mind...
I have to add here that Morooka San is not only a big and strong traditional Shotokan karateka, but also an excellent technician. His karate-do is `Budo Karate' not sports: every technique is to achieve an `ippon' in the traditional sense. We are certainly of the same mind in this regard: ichigeki-hssatsu.

Here are some stills from our trainings over the last week. Osu, André

Speed training: kizami-zuki kara chudan gyaku-zuki.

Random kata practice: movement three of Heian Sandan.
© André Bertel. Aso-shi, Kumamoto, Japan (2014).

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