|Now in my 40s, with huge support from masters here in Japan, I will focus on Budo Karate without all of nonsensical politics; that is, our objective is to make truly great karateka and karate instructors here in Japan and around the world.|
Saturday, 24 June 2017
A daily and very simple mix of Sonoba-Kihon followed by Ido-Kihon. In sum, the core kihon “with a big of a twist”… My reps at present a quite low ranging between 30-40 including a warm up of each technique 10 times slowly. The overarching theme is `effective high-quality` execution.
At present I am practicing three different kata per session, the first for my base training, the second for my personal advancement and the third for `technical variation`. I execute each kata at least four times each.
(1) Each day one of the SHITEI-GATA: either Heian Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, Yondan, Godan or Tekki Shodan.
(3) A random kata: from standard Shotokan-Ryu or a Koten-gata.
(a) Kihon Ippon Kumite
(b) Jiyu Ippon Kumite
Kihon Ippon Kumite and Jiyu Ippon Kumite once slowly then twice a regular speed. Attack with, and defense and counters against: (1) JODAN—jodan oi-zuki; (2) CHUDAN—chudan oi-zuki; (3) MAE-GERI—chudan mae-geri keage; (4) YOKO-KEKOMI—chudan yoko-geri kekomi; (5) CHUDAN/JODAN MAWASHI-GERI—either chudan mawashi-geri or jodan mawashi-geri (please announce); and (6) USHIRO-GERI—chudan ushiro-geri kekomi. Just to confirm, yes I am also practicing mawashi-geri and ushiro-geri in Kihon Ippon Kumite, which is not in the syllabus.
Uchikomi: Firstly, standard practice, Kizami-zuki, Chudan gyaku-zuki, Jodan gyaku-zuki, Jodan oi-zuki, various renzokuwaza with tsuki, chudan mae-geri, chudan mawashi-geri, jodan mawashi-geri, legs followed by hands; and finally, creative/spontaneous renzokuwaza.
Taken as a whole, this current training is reflective of the Summer arriving here in Japan. With the rainy season starting, the humidity is once again rising alongside the temprature, making warm ups and stretching easier, and training harder. As the saying goes, “…we must take the good with the challenges”. I personally believe that the good things are bonuses and the challenges are where the real gains can be made. What I am trying to say is that everything can be looked at in a positive light. I wish you the very best from Oita City, Japan. – André
© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2017).
Monday, 19 June 2017
Today marks a DECADE—yes, literally 10 years—since I made my first post on this blog. Appropriately, the title was ‘Yoroshiku onegaishimasu’. Please look back if you want to understand this site and my Karate path, which is now in its 36th year.
Taken as a whole, I’d like to thank all of my seniors, peers, and students here in Japan, and around the world for your wonderful support.
In the following video there is nothing special, just regular hard daily training... However, I guess it is special as it is behind the scenes, which normally is not shown.
In sum, pertaining to this training, kihon until the body fails is imperative, as 'flashy instruction', lots of talk, and 'feelings', are now commonplace in the world. Needless to say, this theoretical karate will break under overwhelming strength. This is the technical essense of Budo Karate. That is, the Martial Art of Karate-Do.
With much thanks and appreciation from Kyushu, Japan, for those who have supported this site for the last 10 years. I am still surprised that a blog dedicated to hardcore karate, and Shotokan specific, could have over 1.5 million visits. Then again, I am not surprised as many people are still seeking the true martial art of Karate and, even if not, are unable to ignore it.
Osu, André Bertel
© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2017).
Saturday, 17 June 2017
Mr. Tuleukhan Iskakov travelled all the way to Oita City—from Kazakhstan—to be a renshusei on between June 15th and 16th.
I will not disclose what was covered, during Tuleukhan’s time training here in Japan—that is for him to keep and share at his own discretion; however, I will say that it was great to see him improve his karate, moreover, leave with the tools to decisively ’snowball’ these improvements: via diligent practice.
As Tuleukhan booked me several months in advance, he easily managed to be accepted as a renshusei and, more advantageously, flexibly choose his training times. For others,—wishing to be a renshusei—his very early booking is a great example. In this regards you can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Overall, I would like to congratulate Tuleukhan on completing training here in Oita; furthermore, we wish him the very best in his future Karate-Do endeavours. 押忍, André
Friday, 16 June 2017
The following list includes the non-Japanese karateka who have come to Japan and had private lessons with me. Others have come to train, but the following karateka have: (1) officially applied to be renshusei; (2) have been accepted; and (3) completed training as renshusei. To those on this list, "Omedetto gozaimasu!!!"
1. ISKAKOV, Tuleukhan (KAZAKHSTAN) 2017
2. RIVAS, Sergio (SPAIN) 2017 -- SECOND TIME RENSHUSEI
3. KÖHLER, Frank (GERMANY) 2017 -- SECOND TIME RENSHUSEI
4. ARNDT, Joerg (GERMANY) 2017
5. FRASCH, Peer (GERMANY) 2017
6. HOFFMEYER, Axel (GERMANY) 2017
7. HAEUSLER, Andrea (GERMANY) 2017
8. UHLEMANN, Torsten (GERMANY) 2017
9. SCHOEMBURG, Oliver (GERMANY) 2017
10. LAMBEIN, Kathleen (BELGIUM) 2017
11. ANG, Eden (SINGAPORE) 2016
12. BARR, Michael (ENGLAND) 2016
13. MINEGHISHI, Natsuko (AUSTRALIA) 2016
14. ROBERT, Yann (FRANCE) 2015
15. ROBERT, Phinh (FRANCE) 2015
16. BAINBRIDGE, Ken (AUSTRALIA) 2015
17. BAINBRIDGE, Helen (AUSTRALIA) 2015
18. MORALDE, Noel (AUSTRALIA) 2015
19. MORALDE, Heidi (AUSTRALIA) 2015
20. GOTO, Ryu (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) 2015
21. LAMPE, Peter (GERMANY) 2015
22. KÖHLER, Frank (GERMANY) 2015
23. SCHÖNE, Rainer (GERMANY) 2015
24. PINTOS, Leo (AUSTRALIA) 2014
25. JORDAN, Pietro (ITALY/CANADA) 2014
26. LEHMANN, Christa (SWITZERLAND) 2014 -- SECOND TIME RENSHUSEI
27. DILKS, Morgan (NEW ZEALAND) 2014 -- SECOND TIME RENSHUSEI
28. RIVAS, Sergio (SPAIN) 2013
29. DUKAS, Bryan (SOUTH AFRICA) 2010
30. KALLENDAR, Paul (ENGLAND/JAPAN) 2010
31. JEHU, Lyn (WALES/JAPAN) 2009
32. DILKS, Morgan (NEW ZEALAND) 2008
33. LEHMANN, Christa (SWITZERLAND) 2008
34. KELLY, Ben (IRELAND) 2007
PLEASE NOTE: This list will be periodically updated and re-published when foreign karateka come and complete training at my dojo.
Application to be a renshusei: To apply please email me directly at: email@example.com. In your email include the following: i. your proposed dates to train; ii. full details: if other karateka will be coming with you; iii. dan rank(s); iv. age(s)—please note, those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver; and (v) any questions/inquiries that you may have.
© André Bertel. Japan (2017).