Friday 30 November 2012

Blackpool & Wyre Shotokan Links

Kevin Berry, who maintains the blog for the Blackpool and Wyre Karate Club, has posted some reports on my seminars in Great Britain. Kevin is a great bloke, with super sense of humour—he could even tolerate my lame jokes! Moreover, he (along with Naz and Michael Barr Sensei) completed special training. Here are the links to his articles in chronological order:

Osu, André
(L-R) Kevin, Andre, Michael & Naz.
© André Bertel. Christchurch, New Zealand (2012).

Monday 26 November 2012

England 2012 Seminar Video (Part I)

I have just arrived back from three weeks of teaching Asai-ha Shotokan-ryu in the United Kingdom. Here is the first video from the open seminars in Poulton. Many thanks to the organiser, Michael Barr Sensei (IJKA 4th Dan) and his lovely wife Nathalie, Ron Bellwood Shihan (IJKA 7th Dan) and the members/families of the IJKA Blackpool & Wyre Shotokan Karate Club. Also a special mention of Nazz and Kevin, and all the participants who attended my classes. It was wonderful for me and Mizuho to see you all gain a better understanding of Asai Sensei's karate and also enjoy social time together. Osu, Andre
© André Bertel. Christchurch, New Zealand (2012).

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Greetings from England

Greetings from Lancashire, England.
Featured here is a photo (click to enlarge) from my Asai-ha Shotokan seminar over the weekend in Poulton-le-Fylde (organised by Michael Barr Sensei and hosted by IJKA Blackpool and Wyre). A big "OSU" to all of the karateka who attended.
Upon returning to New Zealand several reports will be posted here on this site (supplemented by video footage) – so stay tuned. As always, this will be particularly useful for the karateka who participated.
Overall, if you would like to offer some feedback, you are welcome to email me at:  
OSU, André
© André Bertel. Christchurch, New Zealand (2012).