Thursday 4 April 2024

Group from Toodyay, Western Australia

 Ken Bainbridge Sensei brought a group of students from his dojo (Avon Valley Karate in Toodyay, Western Australia) to train here in Oita. Actually, Ken Sensei brought me to his club to conduct a seminar in 2011; furthermore, this was his third time to train with me here in Japan. If you use the 'Search Engine' here on the site, you can read about these times, also access some video footage.


The following ‘brief outline’ is for Ken Sensei and his students, basically ‘bullet points’ to remind them of the aspects covered on this visit. 

Ken Sensei with his group from Toodyay.

基本 (KIHON)


1. Japan standard ‘line up’ (lines) and correct seiza.


2. Sonkyo — 直突き (Choku-zuki).


3. Hip action in choku-zuki.


4. Forearm turn as opposed to ‘corkscrewing the wrist’ in linear tsukiwaza.


5. Correct  鍵突き (Kagi-zuki) and  騎馬立ち (Kiba-dachi).





6.  自由組手の基本  (Jiyu kumite no kihon): effective application of 逆突き(Gyaku-zuki).


7.  自由組手の基本  (Jiyu kumite no kihon): effective application of 追い突き (Oi-zuki).


8.  自由組手の基本  (Jiyu kumite no kihon): 構え (Kamae) — ‘active two arm guard’.


9.  Light 自由組手 (Jiyu Kumite) focusing on relaxation, fluidity and natural actions from the correct Kamae.





10.  平安初段型  (Heian Shodan Kata).


Focal points:


a. Kakato Chushin and ‘leg pressing to transition through freestyle kokutsu’ in Shotokan turns.

b. Kentsui tatemawashi uchi: large scale action and body weight dropped.

c. ‘Setting gedan-barai during oi-zuki. 

To conclude, I’d like to wish Ken Sensei and his student all the very best in their training and, both a fun and safe travel back to Australia tomorrow morning.




 © André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2024).

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