|Leo at Kokuzou Jinja.|
|Leo, me, and Morooka san: movement one of Enpi kata.|
|Traditional application of movement one of Enpi.|
|Traditional application of movement two of Enpi.|
Day two: I took Leo for sightseeing at Kumamoto-Jo (Kumamoto Castle) and Musashi Koen (the park that hosts the grave of Japan's legendary swordsman, Musashi Miyamoto). I have to say that I had a great time hanging out with Leo… Super bloke! Following this, we went for a few hours of training at the JKA (Japan Karate Association) Kumamoto Chuo Shibu under Nakamura Shihan and Akiyoshi Sensei. This session really reinforced the previous day's training as it covered Jiyu Kumite Kihon; Gohon Kumite, Jiyu Ippon Kumite, and several rounds of Jiyu Kumite; and Kata (free-choice). Leo and I performed Enpi based on the previous days practice. Unambiguously, he did really well and everyone at the dojo took a shine to him immediately.
|Kime with haito uchi.|
|Kime with jodan zuki to the throat.|
via the first level of Oyo Kumite. Again, this is for Leo, as he took the plunge and came to Japan with Budo Spirit; that is, he talked with his karate and put himself on the line.
|Energy dissipated by Morooka San's uke and body shift.|
|Kime with migi jodan gyaku-zuki by Morooka San.|
|Hidari seiken jodan-zuki to the throat.|
|Morooka San, Leo, and me, after the Saturday training at my dojo.|
|Leo: movement one of Kanku-Dai Kata.|
|Movement one of Enpi at Kokuzou Jinja (Aso-shi, Kumamoto, Japan). Even though you can't see it, it was lightly snowing.|
|Leo after training at the JKA (Japan Karate Association) Kumamoto Chuo Branch.|