Tuesday 19 June 2012

André Bertel’s Karate-Do – 5th Anniversary!

My blog turns five years old today! Yes, half a decade has passed since I started this website.
Recently the site exceeded one million visitors and received over a dozen very thoughtful emails from all over the world. DOMO ARIGATO! The common thing that people say is that they have “…enjoyed the site because everything in it is based on actual training”. Indeed, the key is to engage in daily "TRADITIONAL" JAPANESE SHOTOKAN TRAINING. Even though I'm currently back here in New Zealand—my training still precisely mimics karate from the source. This practice is simple, repetitious and intense. However, like it or not, if one wishes to be even “OK at karate” by traditional Japanese standards: THERE IS LITERALLY NO OTHER WAY!

So there you have it! Five years on, my message remains the same! I will continue to follow Shotokan properly and conveying technique which is seeking the perfection that is sought in Japan. Thanks to all of the TRADITIONAL JAPANESE SHOTOKAN KARATEKA around the world that have supported this site for the last five years. There is so much more to come. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu! OSU, André

© André Bertel. Christchurch, New Zealand 2012.