Tuesday 28 May 2019

Trainees from Deutschland: Axel Hoffmeyer, Frank Kohler and Peer Frasch (VIDEO)

As promised here is a brief video from last weekends Instructor Class with trainees Axel Hoffmeyer, Peer Frasch and Frank Kohler. 

© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2019).

Sunday 26 May 2019

Trainees from Deutschland: Axel Hoffmeyer, Frank Kohler and Peer Frasch

Over the weekend, three karateka from Deutschland, Axel Hoffmeyer (3rd Dan), Frank Kohler (4th Dan) and Peer Frasch (3rd Dan) came to me, for advanced Budo Karate training, here in Oita City.

Rather than describing the lessons I taught I've instead decided to post images. Soon a brief video will also be released on YouTube as a subtle reminder of  some of the key points covered.

Last but not least, I would like to congratulate Peer, Axel and Frank on their completion of the three days of training; moreover, for the significant improvements they have made to their Karate technique. Osu, André

© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2019).

Wednesday 22 May 2019


The YouTube video featured below is from Day Two—Lesson 3—from my May 2019 Seminar in New Zealand. The seminar was hosted by ‘International Karate Shotokan Christchurch’ and was a very small exclusive event.

I’d especially like to thank the head organizer Peter Burtenshaw Sensei, Matt Brew Sensei and the members of the club. Special mention of Troy Gutry and, indeed, Geoff and Jan!!!

Also special mention must go to Morgan Dilks Sensei who travelled down from Palmerston North, Shivam Patel who flew in from Auckland and Janine Krekel who travelled all the way from Frankfurt, Germany, to attend the seminar.

Lastly, congratulations to everyone who attempted exams. Pass or not pass, the experience is always what matters the most. The spirit of perseverance and resilience are high on the agenda of all true karateka and budoka in general.

Overall, I hope is that this brief video will act as a subtle reminder of some of the key points taught in the third session for all who attended. If you have time, please paste a comment! 

Please note: Many people from around Japan and around the world ask me to upload more videos! To answer these people... `Likes`,`shares`and/or `comments` literally motivate  me to post more.

© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2019).

Wednesday 8 May 2019

Trainee from Canada: Tyler Higo

Tyler Higo (Yondan) from Canada, and a member of of Shototakuhirokan, came and completed a private lesson with me here today.

The practice was kata and self-defence focused, namely in the form of Kanku Dai, Enpi and Kakuyoku Shodan. I had several key points I wanted to share with Tyler (from his last private training with me).

After training we visited Funai Jo (castle) which, while no longer exists, is illuminated. There we practiced a little more focusing on some questions Tyler had for me on mawashi-geri and some other points.

Overall, it was super to catch up with Tyler and give him a private lesson before I travel to New Zealand to teach there. Tyler, my family and I wish to you and your family all the very best for your remaining time here in Japan. Until next time, osu!!

© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2019).