Tuesday 12 May 2020


Stationary ren-zuki in zenkutsudachi: Jodan kizami-zuki kara chudan gyaku-zuki.
Today I enjoyed a nice outdoor self-training at 丹生神社
(Nyuu Jinja) here in Oita. The practice was standard Shotokan kihon and special calisthenics developed by Asai Tetsuhiko Sensei. This was followed by two foundational kata: 順路初段 (Junro Shodan) and 常行四勢 (Joko Yonsei); also, one of the koten-gata: 騎馬拳 (Kibaken).

It was a challenging session but, nonetheless, enjoyable. Especially given the increasingly warm weather. My next goals are in target and the road to achieve them—the next level of skill—is well under way! As the saying goes “Practice doesn’t make perfect, only perfect practice makes perfect”; accordingly, to optimalze our karate we need to "SEEK PERFECTION of real knowledge from high-quality mentors".

I wish you the absolute best health and excellent training.

Greetings from Japan!!!
The classical renzokuwaza combining the three main forms of ushiro-geri in Asai-ha Shotokan-Ryu.

'The last lap' at the end of today's training... Mae-geri until failure'. I don't practice like this so often, but it has its place, OSU!

© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2020).

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