Monday, 5 November 2018


I`m currently revising kihon, kata and kumite based on old videos I received (which were stored in New Zealand, and kindly brought to Japan). 

This also includes the five Joko kata, which I`ve fully revised (corrected) as of November 3rd—and yes, they are very different from anything online; also; several of the koten-gata that I needed to recheck in order to teach in the future (hence, I have not taught them, but can from now). Overall, this process is keeping me very busy in the dojo.

Another treasure is notes from Asai Sensei on atemi-waza/kyusho-jutsu in relation to the various karada no buki, depth and trajectory of attacks. While I have followed this closely, reviewing the old notes—and my advancement in skill over the years—has shed new light on these notes and videos.

Very exciting things to come!!!

Osu, André Bertel


© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2018).

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