Monday 22 April 2013

New Christchurch Shotokan Karate Club website

Here is a link to the new Christchurch Shotokan Karate Club homepage:
The club has recently affiliated to the Japan Karate Association through Zel Unkovich Sensei ( For those interested in studying at the dojo you can email the clubs chief instructor, Lyall Stone Sensei, at:
Osu, André Bertel
© André Bertel. Christchurch, New Zealand (2013).

Wednesday 10 April 2013

My Current Training Regime

My current self-training is focused on koshi no kaiten, tai no shinshuku and waza no kankyu. Nevertheless, due to all my university work (just like this time last year) I feel my stamina is a little down. Irrespective of this, explosiveness is up... An interesting point to ponder, which well correlates with my knowledge of biomechanics and physiology. I'm hinting at balance here... Enough said, I'll now leave you with my current
regime. Osu, André.

1.    Kizami-zuki kara sanbon ren-zuki (Jiyu-dachi)
2.    Jodan age-uke kara chudan soto-uke soshite chudan gyaku-zuki
3.    Chudan uchi-uke (kokutsu-dachi) kara kizami-zuki soshite chudan gyaku-zuki
4.    Chudan shuto-uke (kokutsu-dachi) kara kizami mae-geri soshite nukite
5.    Ippo sagatte jodan age-uke kara mawashi-geri, uraken-uchi soshite chudan oi-zuki
6.    Ren-geri: Mae-geri kara yoko-kekomi, mawashi-geri soshite chudan gyaku-zuki


7.   Ren-geri: Mae-geri kara yoko-kekomi (same leg) soshite gyaku-zuki
8.    Sonoba ren-geri: Mae-geri kara yoko-kekomi soshite ushiro-geri (same leg)
KATA: Heian, Tekki-shodan, Bassai-Dai, Kanku-Dai, Empi, Jion & Gojushiho-Dai

KUMITE: Jokyu gohon kumite
"The beauty of karate-do is its unveiling of our weaknesses and its pressuring of us to strive forward to overcome these. As we overcome our weaknesses, more arise to challenge us. Consequently, a true karateka can only by humbled and, from this, develop their character".

© André Bertel. Christchurch, New Zealand (2013).