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Wado-ryu karate

Lähetetty: loka 5, 2019, 14.54
Lasse Candé
Tässä elämänmakuista tarinaa. Lainaus on niin pitkä, että vedän sen tähän ilman muita merkintöjä niin on miellyttävämpää lukea. Sopivan lyhyt taas jotta ei tarvitse palkittaa.

Kyseessä on Steve Rowe -nimisen eilinen julkinen facebook-päivitys. Nimet ovat välillä väärin kirjoitettuja. Teksti tarjoaa hyvää ajankuvaa englantilaisen karateskenen ensiaskelista.


My elder brother started both Karate and Tai Chi before me, partly inspiring me to start, at one point a few years back I asked him to record his experiences and he only got around to one instalment which I post here, Terry Dukes was the infamous 'Nagaboshi' who also went to the same school as my brother and myself and through him my brother got to train with George Andrews in Goju Ryu and also then trained in Tai Chi with Chu king Hung.


My interest in the martial arts was quite practical, at school I used to get involved in a fight about once a month, mainly due to my stubborn refusal to fit into the strict pecking order that operated there. Those more aggressive and athletic would “put me in my place” when I did not show the appropriate respect, and those less able saw me as a way of improving their standing as I did not require “respect” from them and must therefore be less than them.

This interest showed mainly in reading anything I could find on combat, in those days limited mainly to secret agent books and the occasional Judo manual. Not very helpful except talking my way out of several situations by persuading my would be assailant that I knew a secret fighting art! After I left school my interest remained along with the assumption that anyone bigger than me would eventually get round to picking a fight. I came across the term karate in a book (possibly a 007 novel) and added the word to my vocabulary, although I though it rhymed with carrot. I eventually discovered the “Teach yourself Carrot” book and was reading this at work when someone said they knew a gym that taught karate.

That gym was Ravelles in Judd Street just up the road at Kings Cross. I visited the Gym and spoke to “Max” who ran the place and booked up a course in karate. This consisted of a 10 week course plus Gi plus licence making you a member of the Wado Ryu Association set up by the newly arrived “top” Japanese Instructor Professor Tatso Suzuki.

However you did not grace the Professors Dojo till you had been graded green belt and my first lesson was with a thin studious Japanese Instructor called Sensei Shimitsu. I nearly walked out when I was told to bow, but thankfully swallowed my pride and followed orders. These were difficult to follow as none of the instructors knew many words of English and those that they could speak were with a terrible accent. All instructions were accompanied with a demonstration of what we should do, as we would never have understood them otherwise. You eventually tuned your ear into their accent, so if your instructor lapses into a weird and unintelligible accent when instructing you he probably trained at the same Dojo! The classes were rigidly structured up to green belt with techniques being introduced in a specific lesson. After practising Junsuki for four or five lessons, the introduction of Migeri was a high point, until Mr Shoimitsu took you through 250 repetitions each leg (in a one hour lesson including warm-up). That’s when I learned that you ache the second day after overtraining not the first which still seems illogical to me.

Training sessions were an hour long with a warm-up period that became stretch and strength exercises when the instructors realised how inflexible our joints were and how we responded to painful exercise. We were completely unaware that it was not the “Japanese” way to show that you were in pain and they must have considered us a bunch of pansies when we grunted and groaned our way through these exertions. I suspect that they doubled the repetitions in order to harden us up. I remember the two man stretch exercised where the instructor would add his strength and weight to your partners if he thought your partner was not pushing as hard as he could. I can remember the bunny hops up and down the stairs and the wheelbarrows on your knuckles up and down the room. We trained with several instructors but the ones I remember (apart from Mr Shoimitsu) were Mr Hiyacowa and Mr Fuji. Mr Hiyacowa was completely different from most of the others, his English was better and he was less formal and more instructive than the others. He would talk to and instruct students individually rather than simply give instructions to the class and push or kick individuals into the correct stance. He was not very happy, his first love being Judo and I believe he eventually went to Europe to teach this. Mr Fuji came later onto the scene, Max introduce him to us as the twice winner of the All Japan Championships. Again he was much more of a personality and he specialised in freestyle and self-defence.

After nine months of training and having reached the dizzy height of green belt, one started training with “the Professor”. Having trained with the same students up to this point, all the same grade and with the same length of training it was a shock to enter a class of different grades and to mix it with the seniors. Freestyle was practised regularly now and everyone was worried by the possibility of being kicked or punched in the groin, not because of the pain but in case the Professor insisted on administering Shiatsu to limit the damage and suffering. This was not only more painful than the injury, as it involved the base of your spine being dropped onto the Professors knee whilst the afflicted area was massaged but was acutely embarrassing to us macho men. The Japanese did not suffer from the same taboos about physical contact that the British do. Oddly enough if you were knocked out you were left where you fell to recover. I can only remember sparring with the Professor once and that was a painful experience as he constantly kicked off the front foot to my shin. At the end of every lesson both Mr Suzuki and Mr Shimitsu would ask if anyone wished to spar with them, I cannot remember anyone taking up the offer. After the lessons with Sensei Shoimitsu all the brown belts use to get changed at lightening speed to try and disappear before he invited them down to the pub. It appears he had this habit of picking the toughest and largest looking bloke in the pub and staring at him until a fight started, and for some reason the brown belts did not think this a particularly good idea.

In 19xx Sensei Ohtsuka the founder of Wado Ryu came to Britain and conducted a course at the Crystal Palace. He was a short frail looking gentleman in his seventies who’s bearing and presence was very impressive, even to ignorant English green belts like myself. He spoke no English and there were always at least two instructors with him to translate. His style seemed much “softer” than that we were used to with much less time with more emphasis on circular and evasive techniques which usually culminated in a throw or lock. When he demonstrated a movement the overwhelming effect was one of effortlessness, no excess motion, tension or breath. When correcting your position there was none of the pushing or pulling we were used to but a gentle guiding with a definite sense of humour, laughing at our tensions. We were astounded at the respect and deference shown by our instructors to this man and I remember watching Sensei Shoimitsu sparring with him as if he were walking on glass.

Towards the end of 1969 Professor Suzuki stopped teaching at the Dojo and the lessons were taken by Sensei Shoimitsu. This was not very popular as he insisted on free sparring with everyone. Within a couple of weeks three of the brown belts had been injured two with broken ribs and one with a broken cheekbone. Almost all of us decided to leave as we did not relish the idea of ending up in hospital and I moved on to Mushindo karate training under Terry Dukes.

Wado-ryu karate

Lähetetty: loka 5, 2019, 18.36
Lasse Candé
NACKC North American Collegiate Karate Conference -fb-sivu julkaisi eilen tällaisen ihan hyvän haastattelupätkän.

Siinä on myös yksi tulkinta Ten Chi Jinille, elikkäs taivas-maa-miehelle, joka tuntuu olevan Aasiassa siellä täällä näkyvä kolmijako/kolminaisuus.

Osaako joku Aasian kulttuureja paremmin tunteva kommentoida tuota lopummalla kerrottua taustaa? Joskus itse googlannut, mutta valitettavasti jokin piirretty tms nörttijuttu on saanut tuon nimekseen, jolloin osumat käsittelevät ärsyttävissä määrin sitä.

Happy Friday Karateka!🍀

In this week's #FeatureFridays, we are featuring one of our friends of NACKC, Sensei Tyrone Pardue!

Sensei Tyrone is the Chief Instructor of the American Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy. They are a national organization affiliated with the Wadoryu Karate-Do Renmei, Tokyo, Japan, the original organization of our founder, Master Hironori Ohtsuka. Master Ohtsuka was the first Japanese person to receive a black belt from Master Funakoshi, before Shotokan was even a named Karate style.

We've asked some questions to Sensei Tyrone!

When and how did you get started in Martial Arts?🤔
"I started Karate back in the summer of 1975. I was just 13 years old. I wanted to learn Karate for self-defense. I got beat up by a local thug who was three years older than me, and I heard that he trained in Karate. So I joined the same Karate club and trained hard to get better than him. I eventually evened out the score with him in free sparring. We actually went on to become friendly to one another."

Can you tell me something about the Martial Art you study?📖
"Wadoryu Karate is the first Japanese school of Karate. It was formed by Master Hironori Ohtsuka who was one of Master Funakoshi's first students on mainland Japan. Ohtsuka Sensei was already about 30 years old and had been practicing Jiujitsu and Kenjitsu since he was 6 years old. He was a recognized lineage-holder for the ancient Yoshiryu Jiujitsu school. He loved Karate and practiced diligently with Master Funakoshi as well as Masters Choki Matobu and Kenwa Mabuni. Ohtsuka Sensei blended traditional Japanese sword and Jiujitsu techniques with the striking of Okinawan Karate – Wadoryu is the first MMA style!"

What is your greatest accomplishment related to your study of Wadoryu?🏅
"My greatest accomplishment is to say that I have achieved Ikigai. This Japanese word means that your life and your income are based on doing the things that you love to do, that you can do with your heart and never become bored doing them. I learned this idea from my teacher, Sensei Masafumi Shiomitsu. I went to school to become a graphic designer and photographer, and I enjoy working in both fields to this day. I also trained very hard at Karate since I was a boy, and became European Wadoryu champion on two occasions, and was Irish national champion four years."

Do you have a favorite technique?🥊
"That's really hard to say, but if I had to pick one, it would be Nagashizuki. This is to forestall and intercept the opponent's oncoming attack with your own punch while evading slightly to one side and striking the opponent slightly before his attack has been completed."

Can you tell me something about your organization?🤝
"The American Wadoryu Karate-Do Academy is devoted to the study and practice of traditional Karate and associated arts. It is a not-for-profit organization. We have schools on both east and west coasts and are currently planning on opening a new youth program in East Boston. We have a lot of support for this amongst the community, and in particular, we have the help of our local Representative Adrian Madaro. Adrian and his father actually practiced Karate together for many years here in East Boston, so I would say that he has a good understanding of the value that Karate practice brings to local youth."

What benefits do you think practicing Wadoryu has? 🌏
"In Wadoryu, we always practice with the idea of Ten Chi Jin. This is an old Japanese and Chinese saying deriving from the Confucian scholar, Moshi. He says: "Even should you have perfect timing (the blessing of Heaven) having an advantage of terrain (upon which you are going to fight) is better. Better than an advantage of the terrain is being at harmony with all things of Heaven and earth."

What advice can you give to young people starting out in Karate?👶
"Never forget the traditional ways. Practicing for tournaments is extremely limited. If you focus only on this, your martial arts life will be short and lack any depth. It will be useless to you in a real fight or in a self-defense situation. Karate-Do is the art of self-perfection through hard training, not winning trophies."

What are your thoughts regarding Karate being accepted as an Olympic event in 2020?🙌
"Haha… read the answer to the previous question!"

Thank you for sharing your story, Sensei Tyrone! Stay tuned for the next #FeatureFridays post and I'll see you all next Friday 😉

Wado-ryu karate

Lähetetty: loka 11, 2019, 15.15
Lasse Candé
Shingo Ohgami sensei on poistunut keskuudestamme.

Wado-ryu karate

Lähetetty: loka 28, 2019, 21.08
Lasse Candé

Wado-ryu karate

Lähetetty: marras 24, 2019, 18.07
Lasse Candé
Tässä hyvä teksti Toru Takamizawasta, joka on ollut tärkeä hahmo brittien Wadolle.

Spotlight: Toru Takamizawa – The Quiet Sensei of Wado-ryu ... -wado-ryu/

Suosittelen linkkiä mukavamman lukuhetken ja kuvien kannalta, mutta laitan tekstin kokonaisuudessaan tähän, katoamisen varalta.
Over the years Britain has been blessed with many top Japanese masters, of various styles, teaching in the United Kingdom. Masters such as Tatsuo Suzuki, Hirokazu Kanazawa, Mitsusuke Harada and Keinosuke Enoeda have inspired many with their skill and spirit. One master, considered by many to be one of the best Japanese instructors to ever teach in the United Kingdom is Toru Takamizawa. Described as an intelligent, technical instructor, his fluid precise techniques inspired his students, many who continue to train.

Toru Takamizawa was born to a family of samurai lineage in 1942 in the city of Nagano Japan. He was the youngest of seven children, having three brothers and three sisters.

Takamizawa began practicing Judo when he was fifteen years old. One of his older brothers had encouraged him to start training. He had wanted to study Karate, but could not find a suitable dojo. Also at the time people had funny ideas about Karate. Some thought that this relatively new martial art was violent and more suited to thugs.

For the next couple of years Takamizawa progressed through his Judo training, eventually being awarded his black belt. At the age of eighteen he stopped training, to concentrate on his studies to enter university. He eventually won a place at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, where he majored in Russian Culture and English Language.

It was during this time that Takamizawa saw a Karate demonstration given at the university. It rekindled his interest in the martial art. He joined the university’s Wado-ryu Karate club, training under Jiro Otsuka, son of Wado-ryu founder Hironori Otsuka. He found that he was well suited to Karate. Fitting his practice around his studies he would train for around fifteen hours a week. He gained his 1st Dan after only nineteen months. Eighteen months later he had earned his 2nd Dan. Despite his natural talent for Karate his family were disgusted with him taking the foreign Okinawan art of Karate.

After graduating university, Takamizawa decided to travel to England to further his English studies. Initially arriving in London March of 1966, he stayed in the city for around five months. He then moved to Wales, with the intension of joining Swansea University.

In January 1965 one of Hironori Ohtsuka’s top students, Tatsuo Suzuki, moved to London with the aim of spreading Wado-ryu outside of Japan. At his London dojo he was assisted by the talented Masafumi Shiomistu, Hisaomi Fujii and Myoshin Hayakawa. Takamizawa started training with the Japanese instructors on a regular basis. By his own admission, after training with these top instructors for only seven months, his Karate had vastly improved. Rather than pursuing his academic studies he decided to become a fulltime Karate instructor and returned to London.

Initially there was a lack of teaching opportunities for Takamizawa in London. By 1969 he did manage to teach classes in Birmingham twice a week. His classes were held at the Digbeth Civic Hall. This meant commuting from London several times a week. Eventually he settled in Birmingham.

By 1970 Takamizawa had helped establish Karate at the Temple Club. The Temple Karate club was one of the most successful clubs of the 1970s. The club was founded in 1964, initially as a bodybuilding gym by Mike Haig. Haig was at a Judo event when he saw a Karate demonstration by Wado-ryu master, Tatsuo Suzuki. He was so impressed that he invited Suzuki to teach Wado-ryu Karate at the Temple Club. Takamizawa would eventually become the resident instructor. Many top karateka would, including Eugene Codrington and Doug James, would be influenced by the teachings of the quietly spoken Takamizawa at the Temple Club.

By 1975 Takamizawa had been living and working in the United Kingdom for almost ten years. He had met and eventually married his wife Tracey. Britain had now become his home, so he applied for and was granted British Citizenship.

Having helped make the Temple Karate Club a force in Bristish Karate, Takamizawa formed the Tera Karate Kai organization in 1978, breaking away from the other Japanese Wado-ryu instructors. . The organization started with fifteen clubs. Several years later rte membership of the organization had risen to over fifty clubs.

For the next couple of years Takamizawa continued to establish his brand of Wado-ryu Karate. In 1986, together with martial artist and author, Steve Rowe, he wrote the book Concepts of Karate. An intelligent and technical karateka, the book features many of the insights on Karate that his students had come to know and love. In later years he realigned himself with Jiro Ohtsuka, his original instructor.

In 1998 the World of British Wado-ryu was shocked by the death of Toru Takamizawa from throat cancer aged only fifty-seven years old. He was survived by his wife Tracey and their four children.

An open minded and forward-thinking instructor, Takamizawa’s quiet and intelligent teaching style helped bring the best out of his students. Ex-students would state that he held no animosity to them leaving and would always be available to offer them advice. His fluid, precise and powerful techniques were always an inspiration to his students.

Wado-ryu karate

Lähetetty: joulu 13, 2019, 19.41
Dimitrillä oli ihan vakio selitykset, olen kuullut noi kaikki :-D
Updatea Wadokanista: Treeneissä on käynyt "hyvin" väkeä, jopa @Riviharrastaja on uskaltautunut reeneihin. Hienoa. 10-12 ukkoa on seissyt rivissä. Meillä on jopa yksi uusi aloittaja, ei se paljoa yli kasikymppinen ole :-D Kohta voin alkaa puhumaan treenimaksuista jotta saadaan Wadokan pysymään hengissä.. Sen jälkeen seison varmaan yksin rivissä :-)

Wado-ryu karate

Lähetetty: joulu 13, 2019, 20.44
airakti kirjoitti:
joulu 13, 2019, 19.41
jopa @Riviharrastaja on uskaltautunut reeneihin.
Joo, ja sain housunpersauksenkin parsittua, niin ettei heti taas revennyt! :D
airakti kirjoitti:
joulu 13, 2019, 19.41
Sen jälkeen seison varmaan yksin rivissä :-)
No saatan tulla kaveriks. Tosin saattaa olla aika kovat treenimaksut kahelta ukolta...

Wado-ryu karate

Lähetetty: joulu 13, 2019, 21.41
:-D Saattaa siellä olla 4-5 maksajaa. Katsellaan kun tuomiopäivä koittaa.

Wado-ryu karate

Lähetetty: maalis 27, 2020, 23.05
Lasse Candé
Tuli vastaan video Kazutaka Otsuka senseistä:

Videolla paljon puhetta japaniksi. Voi kelailla, koska kohdat joissa tehdään, erottuvat sitten aika selvästi.

Demoaa vääntelyitä alummalla ja lopummalla kahta ensimmäistä Kihon kumitea, joista esitetään molemmista perusversio ja kolme variaatiota.

Jotenkin tuntuu, että tuota varioimisen tapaa on käsitelty täälläkin. Uusi se ei ole. Mutta hyvää settiä.