I've been a keen karate student for 16 years, Shukokai and Shotokan, but there still seems to be no shortage of things to learn and explore. I'm hoping this blog will allow me to share my experiences and hear other martial artists thoughts.

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Sensei David

Our club recently awarded our sensei with his 6th Dan. The award was greatly deserved and it was easy to see how well regarded Sensei David is by his students when he was given the award.

Clearly the role the sensei plays within any club is an important one. I think the level of regard a sensei is held in by his students gives a clear indication of how well they have fulfilled this role. I also think the longevity that they hold the role of a sensei shows how relevant they have been to their students and also how they have maintained a commitment to their art.

I would imagine this blog provides a sense of how important Karate is to me and I will always be thankful to Sensei David for creating an environment that allowed a passion for Karate to take root within me, be nurtured and grow to be such a strong element in my life.

I had a few years away from Shukokai but it felt great to come back to the club, almost like coming home in a way. Spending some time studying Shotokan Karate has given me an appreciation of the strengths of the different approaches and allowed me to understand what I really enjoy about studying Shukokai Karate under Sensei David’s tutelage.

I always enjoyed the more physical side of training working with the pads and the focus mitts. Now I feel I’ve learnt more I’m enjoying the freedom to explore different elements of Karate and revisiting kata to understand moe their practical applications.

In a way I think in the same way your understanding of your martial art increases and deepens with time and study so does your appreciation of your sensei and the important part they play in guiding your study.


Looking back at 2011

I returned back to my original Shukokai karate club in the autumn of 2010 after a number of years as a member of a Shotokan club. So I really enjoyed spending 2011 getting back into training, remembering the little differences in kata, working on combinations etc.

I also started looking at some different resources on the web and looking at what was happening karate wise on social media like Twitter. I found some footage of Shigeru Kimura which fired me up to really find out what the Shukokai style was all about. I also came across Iain Abernethy and his emphasis on studying kata in a more practical and integrated way

I attended a great pair of seminars Iain taught and it really made sense and he showed there was a structured way to get more out of kata, something I’d been looking to do but had been struggling to really know how to. I’ve been reflecting on all of this over Christmas and New Year and planned what I want to study more in 2012, I’m looking forward to using this blog to share where that takes me and hopefully get some comments that might help me along the way.