Tuesday, 30 May 2017

2nd Time Renshusei: Sergio Rivas


Sergio Rivas of Basque Country, Spain, returned to Japan for private training at my dojo between Thursday, May 20th, and Monday, May 24th. His first time as a Renshusei was in November of 2013 However, his second time as a Renshusei was very different because, this time, he travelled with his lovely wife Maitane and heart-stealing five month old baby-daughter.
 





I will not specify the high-level training that Sergio received—this is for him and for others who come as Renshusei—however, here is a brief overview:

 
(A) KIHONSpecific for second-time renshusei and tailored to Sergio’s current stage. In particular, grounded power and momentum were emphasized.


(B) KATA (a) Shitei-gata: Heian, Tekki; (b) Sentei-gata: Enpi; (c) Tokui-gata: Gojushiho Sho and Gojushiho Sho Kumite No Oyo; and (d) Koten-gata: Senka. Sergio learned the kata Senka for the first time. This kata was used as clean canvas to develop the heightened aspects of kihon (fundamentals) and oyo (applications) that he learned over the four days.


(C) KUMITE Yakusoku Kumite, Jiyu Kumite and Oyo-Kumite/Self-Defence. Everything was aimed to make effective techniques in the context of real fighting: to literally make kihon, kata and kumite one.


In sum, Sergio was loaded up with many advanced aspects of Karate-Do, so I am 100% sure that next time I teach him, he will be even better than now. The future is bright. Osu, André
© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2017).

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Deutschland Renshusei (May 2017) Video


© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2017).

Renshusei from Deutschland

Concluding the first four hours of training: Kihon-Kata-Kumite--the trinity of Karatedo to achive optimal effectiveness.


Four more karateka have come as international renshusei (trainees) here, at my dojo, in Oita-City. The four fromドイツ (Germany) included:  Joerg Arndt (6th Dan): http://www.karate-dojos.de/); Peer Frasch (3rd Dan); and Axel Hoffmeyer (2nd Dan); and, second-time renshusei, Frank Kohler (3rd Dan).
Explaining a key Budo Karate point kept within the elite Shotokan schools here in Japan. Focused faces and great karate spirit!

The focus of the weekend was the correct and elite practice of Kihon, Kata and Kumite - in combination - to achieve effective 'fighting ability', which is at 'the technical heart' of traditional Budo Karate. While I won’t go into details—as these are for Frank, Axel, Peer and Joerg—I will say that extreme technical improvement was made by all four trainees over the eight hours. So I was very impressed by their physical effort, karate no seishin (karate spirit) and overall determination to make changes to improve their karate. Perhaps a short video, giving a few glimpses will come. Last, but not least, I'd like to once again thank Morooka San for his great assistance. Osu, André.

At my weekly 'outdoor dojo' here in Oita... Yusuhara Jinja.


The conclusion of 8 hours training... From left to right: Frank, Joerg, Morooka San, yours truly, Peer and Axel.

© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2017).

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Monday, 15 May 2017

What kata do I teach outside of the standard 26?

Tobi yoko-geri kekomi on Andrew Makin (3rd Dan).

Kakuyoku Shodan
The opening of the 'Falling Leaf' kata: Rakuyo. It is the third in a series of kata, which includes Hachimon and Senka.

There have been some questions about what I teach outside of the 26 standard Shotokan kata, at my private dojo—International Karate Shotokan—here in Oita City, Japan. In the past I had more kata (which we still archive), but our official koten-gata have been abbreviated: to what I have deciphered as being utterly essential for my senior students across Japan and abroard.


None of these kata are compulsory, within our group, except (1) Junro Shodan for Nidan karateka; (2) Junro Shodan or any other Junro kata (free choice) for Sandan karateka; and (3) a Jiyu-gata for Yondan karateka and above. ALWAYS...Compulsary are the five Heian,  Tekki Shodan and the four Sentei-gata (Bassai Dai, Kanku Dai, Enpi and Jion).

The following 'KOTEN-GATA' list is what we have been following the last seven years, since 2010. I will not go into oyo (application) publicly but we have a very unique system, which is organizationally in-house, and strongly connects with Okinawa and China; furthermore and more importantly, contemporary military CQB (Close Quarter Battle).


Kihon-gata

1.       Junro Shodan

2.       Junro Nidan

3.       Junro Sandan

4.       Junro Yondan

5.       Junro Godan
Rakuyo

Jiyu-gata

6.       Kibaken

7.       Kyakusen (Ashi-barai no kata)

8.       Joko Issei

9.   Joko Nisei

10.   Joko Sansei

11.   Joko Yonsei

12.   Joko Gosei

13.   Rantai (Ransetsu)

14.   Seiryu

15.   Meikyo Nidan

16.   Meikyo Sandan

17.   Kakuyoku Shodan

18.   Kakuyoku Nidan

19.   Kakuyoku Sandan

20.   Sensho

21.   Shotei

22.   Hachimon

23.   Senka

24.   Rakuyo

25.   Kashu (Hi no te)

26.   Roshu (Nami no te)

27.   Suishu (Mizu no te)

28. Hushu (Kaze no te)

29.   Raiko (Kaminari-arashi)
Senka













The rationale behind practising these additional kata is "karate as effective martial arts". Learning new kata for 'kata sake' (pun for non-Japanese readers intended) has no meaning. These additional kata are for kumite/self-defence training 'specific for individuals'. In this regard, to individualistic specificity, they are very useful for developing high level 'Martial Art Karate' skills.

© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2017).

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Video: Transition from basic tsuki to application


Here is a new video from last year in Mira, Venice (ITALY) where I taught a seminar on Budo Karate. Special thanks to Mauro Shihan and Silvio Sensei for this footage. Osu.


© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2017).