Wednesday 28 December 2016

A Brief Summary of 2016 and Video Links

So, 2016, is quickly coming to an end. Here is a brief and very broad summary of my karate activities this year. I will conclude with direct links to relevant video footage.

Including here, within Japan, in 2016 I have taught karate seminars in six countries in both Europe (Germany, England and Italy) and Oceania (New Zealand and Australia). However, the training and teaching in Japan has still, as always, been the most hectic part of my Karate-Do schedule. That, due to my prioritisation of training (over all other aspects in karate), meant that I could not post articles so regularly. However, the articles will continue to be produced, and uploaded intermittently each month, as my time permits.

In addition to my regular daily karate activities, in 2016, I also attended several wonderful seminars conducted by Hashiguchi Yuji Sensei (7th Dan), Naka Tatsuya Sensei (7th Dan) and Ueki Masaaki Sensei (9th Dan); taken qualifications exams for instructor, examiner and judge; and accepted several non-Japanese renshusei (trainees).

In sum, on the Karate front, it has been a wonderful year. I wish everyone the very best in their conclusion to 2016 and a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.

© André Bertel. Oita, Japan (2016).

For older videos, please visit my YouTube Channel:

Oliver Schomburg (GERMANY)
2016 Andre Bertel Interview in Germany:

Scotty Denholm (AUSTRALIA)
Silvio Cannizzo (ITALY)

Tuesday 20 December 2016

André Bertel 2016 AUSTRALIA SEMINAR  

On December third and forth, I conducted seminar on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. It was my forth time to teach Karate-Do in Australia (and my first time in this region). Accordingly, I'd like to begin by especially thanking the organisers, Noel Moralde Sensei and Heidi Moralde;  and their dojo, JKA Sunshine Coast:

Rather than write a lot—featured above is a video from the weekend—kindly filmed by Robbie George from South Australia. Also, below are links to two other great videos by Scotty Denholm. Greetings and thanks for that Scott!! 

Overall, it was great to catch up with Noel Sensei and Heidi, and also Bryan Dukas Sensei and his family; furthermore, to form many new friendships through Karate-Do. Lastly, thanks for all of the very positive post-seminar feedback!!! A big festive greetings to you all from wintery Japan.

© André Bertel. Oita, Japan (2016).

Friday 9 December 2016


Below is a short video from my recent seminars in Christchurch, New Zealand, which were held over the weekend of November 26th and 27th. Before I go on, I’d especially like to thank my friend and senior, Renzie Hanham Hanshi (8th Dan), for again offering his awesome dojo for the event; furthermore, for some very enjoyable catch ups!
Renzie Hanham Hanshi (8th Dan Seido Karate)

I’d also like to express my gratitude to the members of the Christchurch Seido Shibu; all of the Shotokan karateka—from different groups—whom attended; and lastly, those who travelled from outside of Christchurch.

All the very best from Oita, Japan.
Osu, André
© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2016).