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 sum, pertaining to training, for high level practitioners "...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 essence 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, yet still could become so popular. 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).

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