Wednesday, 31 August 2016


On November 26th/27th I will be conducting an Open Karate Seminar in Christchurch City, New Zealand. This seminar will have limited numbers based on the venue so, as always, it will be ‘first-in-first-served’ to gain tickets. This seminar, like my others all around the world, will give a huge technical edge for all who attend.

·         DAY ONE: November 26th
                                       Class One: 1pm—3pm
                                       Class Two: 4pm—6pm

·         DAY TWO: November 27th
   Class Three: 6am—8am
   Class Four: 1:30pm—3:30pm

After New Zealand I’ll be giving another open seminar—on the Sunshine Coast in Australia—then quickly returning to Japan; so, my schedule will be very tight. For those who can’t make or miss out on tickets for the New Zealand Seminar, you are also eligible to apply for the Australian event (a poster and booking details for this will be coming soon).

To book for the New Zealand Open Seminar please email me directly at: Upon registering your place, you will be sent a confirmation email (and electronic confirmation of your place on the course).

© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2016). 

Monday, 22 August 2016

YouTube Video of my 2016 Seminar in Germany

Here are some pictures from my 2016 seminar in Germany. At the bottom of this post is a direct link to a video, which reviews the course. I hope this helps the attendees to prepare for my next seminars in Europe (as they will expand on these Budo Karate themes). At present there is an application where this will be held. Many countries are requesting for Spring 2017. As soon as this is determined the information will be posted online. Best wishes from Oita City, Japan. Osu, André.

Here is a brief 9 minute review of the seminar on Youtube:

© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan 2016.

Monday, 15 August 2016


Above is the official interview from my 2016 European Tour. This film was created by Oliver Schomburg in Ahrensburg, Germany, during the last week of July. I'd once again like to thank Oliver for this opportunity. Domo arigatou gozaimasu!!! Osu, Andre 
© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan 2016.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Seminar Report & Video: ENGLAND 2016

On July 30th and 31st I taught a private seminar in Poulton-le-Fylde, in Lancashire, Northern England. The event organised by Michael Barr was exclusive with a limited number of tickets being available. Underpinning this was aim of giving participants more personal attention; furthermore, to be a significantly different style of course from the other two on this tour of  Europe.
Both standard Shotokan and self-defence techniques were covered and linked. The key point being that kihon, kata and yakusoku kumite must collectively result in enhanced jiyu kumite. When this is not the prime aim and outcome of training, technique becomes meaningless. In other words, kata application and prearranged kumite must be practiced alongside ‘non-compliant practice’. Nowadays, many clubs practice ‘bunkai’ without freestyle sparring. Needless to say, training in this way means that imperative martial arts skills such as—proper timing, distancing and chance taking—can never be developed. Conversely, jiyu kumite also requires that one practices the prearranged forms of sparring to develop strong fundamentals. Likewise, the applications of kata must be practiced. The result being Budo (Martial Arts) Karate.
All in all, I would like to thank Michael and Nathalie Barr for hosting me and my family for the week, and all of those who attended the seminar and corresponding social events. It was a real pleasure to catch up with old friends, and form some new friendships as well. I hope that the course content will help you all in your ongoing development. There were many jewels from Japan that, if assimilated through practice, will greatly bolster technical prowess. Osu, André.

Here, below, is a brief video from the England course. More videos from my 2016 European Tour will be coming soon.
© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan 2016.