Friday 20 July 2012

England Seminars: 10th & 11th November 2012

For those who attend the courses in England there will be very special practice that will benefit your karate for years to come.

Unlike a normal technical course, seminar or gasshuku, everything covered will be related to Shotokan as taught by the late master Tetsuhiko Asai Sensei "as he taught it in socho-geiko" (his self-morning training). Techncially speaking, for those sincerely interested in perfecting Asai Karate this will exceed anything previously unveiled in the United Kingdom; therefore, it will give the instructors who attend a high-class understanding of Asai Sensei's technique. This will include one of the koten kata that I was privately taught from Asai Sensei in Tokyo in the mid 1990s.

Of course the seminars are also open to my students and friends in mainland Europe. And irrespective of political affiliation, everyone who trains is welcome.

Osu, Andre

© André Bertel. Christchurch, New Zealand (2012).

Wednesday 18 July 2012


It is confirmed that I will be teaching a course in Blackpool, England on November 10th and 11th, 2012.

Please click on the poster to contact and contact the organiser, Michael Barr Sensei (IJKA 4th Dan). As always, and irrespective of organisation, it will be a case of first-in-first-served. Particularly this time as there will be limited numbers able to attend this Asai Karate seminar.

I look forward to teaching in England this November. Osu, Andre

© André Bertel. Christchurch, New Zealand (2012).

Tuesday 17 July 2012

Margaret River Newspaper Article

Here is the Newspaper Article from the Margaret River (Western Australia) Seminars last month. To read, please click on the article.

Soon I will be receiving more video footage and photographs from these seminars and they will be uploaded here.

Until then, I'd like to announce that I'll be flown to teach a special Asai Karate seminar in England this November. This will be an open seminar: even though some organisations will ban their members from attending! As always, everyone is welcome irrespective of organisation. This will perhaps be my only ever seminar in the UK due to my new karate responsibilities back in Japan. More details coming soon!

© André Bertel. Christchurch, New Zealand (2012).

Tuesday 10 July 2012

Nabe Party!

Matt Brew Sensei and his wife Eiko (with children Luke & Leona), and Mizuho and I, enjoyed a lovely Nabe party at Ryo and Nanae's home in Merivale. Both Ryo and Nanae are karateka practicing at the IJKA Christchurch Shotokan Dojo ( who moved over from Chiba, Japan. Overall, it is was fantastic time with great company and Shotokan-ryu camaraderie.

Domo arigato gozaimashita Nanae and Ryo. Osu, Andre

© André Bertel. Christchurch, New Zealand (2012).

Saturday 7 July 2012

Australia Seminars 2012: Video One

I just arrived back from teaching karate seminars in Western Australia (hosted by the KUA - Karate Union of Australia: Here is some limited video footage from the course:

More extensive video footage will be coming from the KUA and as I receive that a more complete report and links will be provided. Until then I would like to offer a special thanks to KUA Chief Instructor Carl Marriott Shihan (8th Dan USKU) and his daughters Kim and Karie (both former international competitors), and KUA Vice-President Don Walker.

Domo arigato gozaimashita!

© André Bertel. Christchurch, New Zealand (2012).