|Goto Ryu, André Bertel & Morooka Takafumi.|
`perfection’ and `mind-blowing' immediately come to mind. However, Goto Ryu not only possesses extreme talent as a classical musician… He is also an awesome traditional budo karateka with two decades of rigorous JKA (Japan Karate Association) training under his belt.
Training in Kumamoto: The practice was around three hours long and I focused on the base of my late teacher’s karate. Essentially, `the maintenance, breaking and recovery of shisei (neck, back and pelvic posture)’; correct self-defence application of muchiken-waza (whip-fist techniques); the coordination of ‘koshi no kaiten’ (rotation of the hips—horizontal power); and ,‘tai no shinshuku’ (the contraction and expansion of the body—vertical power).
|Goto Ryu, superb form at speed. A superb budo karateka|
In addition to kihon-waza, small sequences from kata such a Bassai Dai and Enpi were used, also a ‘non-syllabus kata’ to recapitulate the foundational aspects that we covered; furthermore, Sochin was used a means to warm up (and prepare the body for key exercises). Overall, no time was wasted. The training only focused on critical points to maximise the development of techniques/exercises leading to ichigeki-hissatsu. Following this, Morooka San had Ryu San put into practice what was practiced (in the training) into uchikomi/kumite. This served to elucidate the need for moving the central axis down `the chushin’(linear/sliding action) and body collision; furthermore, whipping `circular action’ (deviating from the line and impacting heavily on weak points) for effective budo karate. Finally, we concluded with some stretches which emphasised the drive from the support leg and transfer of bodyweight. I apologise for lack of detail, but this is for Ryu to keep (and share on his own accord).
Ryu San's high level of karate skill and ability absorbed everything with rapid speed. To be frank