Monday, 1 October 2018


It’s been over a year since I experienced a big breakthrough in my in my karate; however, over the weekend I achieved a MASSIVE BREAKTHROUGH!!!


In March 2006, right after I achieved Rokudan (and few months before marking 25 years of Karate training),—I specifically envisaged how I wanted my  karate to be. Finally, I actually physically achieved this!!!


Needless to say, attaining this ‘12 year-ago-target’ is very-very exciting for me. Especially because. in actuality, I never thought I would reach it.

Of course, this technical goal pre-dates this blog and, accordingly, has has been the driving force—in the technical sense—behind all of my posts from the very first: on June 19th, 2007. 

So now, by far, I am at the highest technical level in my 37 years of Karate-Do… So what’s next? I will lift the bar, yet again, to another presently impossible level—then strive daily in an attempt to reach it. Such impossibilities are not attainable in days, or months,  they literally require years, and (if big enough) are 'uncertainly attainable'. The key point here is to avoid mediocracy by thinking small. I really thought big, and finally in September, things started to really come together.

This achievement of transcending that 2006 goal has re-taught me that impossibilities are possible. Needless to say, I am absolutely thrilled about this, and have already began the process of setting a new ‘impossible’ and ‘ridiculously unattainable’ long-term target.

To see some of the process 'to get here' I have pasted links to all previous years of this blog, which were all underpinned by the 2006 goal that I finally achieved over the weekend. OSU, Andre.

© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2018).

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