Thursday 18 February 2010

New Asai Karate video on Youtube (Basic Muchiken)

I've uploaded some clips from the karate training sessions I taught in Shibuya, Tokyo at the end of January. The footage is courtesy of Paul and Yuko Kallender Umezu.

The Asai karate featured in the video are some of the more basic muchiken (whip fist) techniques. My late sensei, Tetsuhiko Asai, taught many fundamentals & advanced maneuvers based on snap, relaxation and natural energy. To this day I still feel deeply honored to have been a private deshi of Asai Sensei, something which I can’t properly put into words.

Beyond these, and the other basic techniques of Asai-ryuha Shotokan karate-do, there are numerous advanced techniques, and of course many koten-kata. However, the use of relaxation, snap and natural energy remains the same. I hope you enjoy the clip, please feel free to rate it, and make a comment if you wish. Best wishes from Oita, Japan. – André Bertel.

To view the video please click on the following link:

© André Bertel, Japan (2010).

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