Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Christchurch Seminar 2013: Video & Pics

Lyall Stone Sensei (JKA Christchurch) and Mark Waters Sensei (JKA Auckland) duelling with great "kihaku"
Here are some pictures and a video from my seminar held in Christchurch (New Zealand) on the 27th and 28th of July, 2013. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page for the video. The entire course was hosted and sponsored by Lyall Stone Sensei–chief instructor of JKA Christchurch. I really appreciate Lyall Sensei for this, the members of JKA Christchurch and those who travelled to attend this seminar; moreover, I hope it was beneficial for your karate-do. For those who attended, please post some comments on youtube video if you want.
For those interested in learning authentic Shotokan karate in Christchurch, please click on the following URL: http://www.jkachristchurch.blogspot.co.nz/.
Kindest regards to everyone. Osu, André
© André Bertel. Christchurch, New Zealand (2013).
Reece & Anthony: partner training of gyaku-zuki.
Leo Pintos Sensei (Sydney, Australia) and Andrew Makin Sensei (JKA CHCH) demonstrating ashi-uke with tai-sabaki.
Lyall Sensei's mae-geri verses soto ashi-uke.
Kaiten uraken: a tradition developed by Asai Sensei and favourited by Yahara Mikio Sensei.
Rebecca Hann Sensei (Brisbane, Australia) & Jenny Nixey Sensei (Palmerston North, NZ) engage in Kihon ippon kumite.
Lyall Sensei's mae-geri; correct positioning for optimal technique--mastery of the `chushin' and core line of execution.
"Natural" kokutsu-dachi chudan shuto-uke (Bassai-Dai Kata).
Tate empi-uchi (tate hiji ate); relaxed shoulders and big hip action.
Gyaku zuki: checking koshi no kaiten, tai no shinshuku and junansei to achieve a single finishing blow.
Jodan yoko-kekomi: the drive of the supporting leg and natural application of the jiku-ashi.


Monday, 22 July 2013

Seminar this weekend

André Bertel executes henka mawashi-geri on Lyall Stone Sensei at JKA's Christchurch branch (21 July 2013). 
André Bertel – 2013 New Zealand  Karate Technical Seminar

·         SATURDAY 27th of JULY: 1pm – 5pm.

·         SUNDAY 28th of JULY: 9am – 1pm

Venue: CPIT Gym, Christchurch New Zealand (JKA Christchurch Branch).

Hosted by JKA Christchurch - however open to all karateka irrespective of organisation. To book your place email: andrebertelono@gmail.com
  or call (021) 0285-5805.


Thursday, 11 July 2013

Present training regime

The karatedo—university connection: Karate-wise I am now lifting up my training after completing my degree at the University of Canterbury. Wrapping my degree with top grades—all A+’s—can be attributed to the discipline of karatedo and great lecturers; in particular Dr David Small.

Free from academia: Now, finally free from study, here is my current training regime, which I failed to upload since I started it a while back (due to my academic workload). Karate continued during this busy time, but my posts lessoned and admittedly thinned out. Needless to say, the grades were worth it and, as always, since I started this webpage, training always takes priority over blogging. I sincerely hope this post finds you happy and healthy. Osu, André
PS – For those of you who haven’t booked my seminar is on the 27th and 28th of July. It is an open course. Here is the link: http://andrebertel.blogspot.co.nz/2013/06/christchurch-new-zealand-seminar-2013.html To book please email me at: andrebertelono@gmail.com

Kihon –
1. Jodan kizami-zuki kara sanbon-zuki (zenkutsu-dachi); 2. Ippo sagatte jodan age-uke kara mawashi-geri, yoko uraken-uchi soshite chudan oi-zuki (zenkutsu-dachi); 3. Gedan juji-uke (zenkutsu-dachi); 4. Chudan morote-uke (zenkutsu-dachi); 5. Chudan morote-uke (kokutsu-dachi); 6. Gedan-barai doji ni sokumen jodan uchi-uke (kokutsu-dachi); 7. Chudan shuto-uke (kokutsu-dachi) kara nukite (zenkutsu-dachi); 8. Chudan uchi-uke (kokutsu-dachi) kara kizami-zuki soshite gyaku-zuki (zenkutsu-dachi); 9. Yoko-keage doji ni yoko uraken–uchi soshite empi-uchi (zenkutsu-dachi); 10. Sonoba ren-geri: mae-geri kara yoko-kekomi soshite ushiro-geri.

Kata –
Revision of the five Heian kata and Tekki-shodan; also two jiyu-gata.

Kumite –
Revision of jiyu-ippon kumite and continued practice of uchikomi.

* Reps of kihon, kata and kumite depend on my emphasis each day within this schedule.

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

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Sixth Anniversary of this site

June 20th marked the sixth anniversary since I started this blog.
The blog has outlined my daily efforts to one day have good karate, a goal that I hope to get closer to each day. Irrespective of achieving this aim, I will continue trying my best; moreover, developing as a human being. I think "this is Karate-Do".
I wish everyone the very best in their training, good health and happiness. Osu, André
PS - By the way, do check out the Japan Karate Association of Christchurch webpage for the recent training under JKANZ Chief Instructor Zel Sensei. It was wonderful to have Zel Sensei here for the development of JKA Shotokan in Christchurch and the South Island: http://www.jkachristchurch.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/zel-unkovich-sensei-class-at.html
  © André Bertel. Christchurch, New Zealand (2013).