|With Morooka Takafumi San after our training this morning. Morooka San is not only a big guy: he is also a technician.|
Sunday, 12 June 2016
Sunday morning training with Morooka San
Today I had an extra training with Morooka San (JKA 4th Dan). Normally I do not train on Sunday mornings.
We practiced for two hours. The time was dedicated to the shitei-gata (Heian Shodan through to Tekki Shodan in chronological order); then Kanku Dai and Sochin. In particular, we focused on precise kihon in these eight Shotokan-Ryu kata. Taken as a whole, the session was very productive: especially in regards to linking the fundamentals of the shitei-gata to all of the other kata; moreover, Karate-Do in its entirety.
Above all else, the shitei-gata never cease to be tough challenge and, because of this, they continue to push ones karate forward physically and mentally, irrespective of how long one has been a karateka.
© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2016).