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Selby Shotokan Karate Club

Sunday, November 28, 2010

More Asai Ryu and Shotokan kata uploaded

I have uploaded a few more videos:
Kato Ryu - Kibaken Shodan and Yondan
Asai Ryu - Meikyo Sandan and Kato Sensei teaching Junro Shodan
The Meikyo Sandan is not the Kato Ryu version that the IJKA have followed recently but may be the earlier version taught at the JKA, let me know your thoughts...

Update on the database:
Shotokan kata: 151 videos in total from 26 kata of the 26 listed
Asai Ryu Kata : 111 Videos in total from 41 kata of the 83 listed
Kato Ryu Kata: 8 Videos in total from 5 kata of the 7 listed
Koller Ryu Kata: 2 video in total from 1 kata of the 1 listed
Wheelchair Kata: 8 Videos in total from 7 kata of the 18 listed
Total number of videos in the database = 280

If you follow the link to my kata page and double click on the kata name, it will take you to the video of the kata selected.

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Asai Shihan Switzerland 2005

Below 20 minutes of Asai Ryu Kihon - enjoy

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

JKS Xmas course @ Nottingham

Rebecca, Matt Beard and myself travelled down to Nottingham today to train with Campbell and Langley Sensei. Sensei Mike and Ian from Haxby also attended with Simon and Jim.

The course was split into two halves, the first half Langley Sensei developed the differing principles of straight and round techniques. Working at different distances and directions developing into entrances to Seoi Nage, Tai Otoshi and Tomoe Nage throws. Sensei Scott's session finished with the Asai Ryu kata Senka.

The second half Campbell Sensei instructed, finishing with a great session on kata application.

Many thanks to Robert Graham who took some photos on the course and posted on facebook.

Below: on the the end of the attack is Sensei Paul Murphy from Birmingham.
I thought Paul was trying to cut the pad in half...lol

Above: Sensei Paul Murphy attacks Haito Uchi

Above : Attacking Kaiten Mika Zuki Geri

I struggled a bit with the spinning crescent kick, Sensei Bill Rodgers suggested I shorten my stance, spinning on the front heel and they did get better.

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Sunday, November 07, 2010

Kelvin Fighting Noma in Ethiopia

As autumn leaves turn brown & thoughts are of Hallowe`en or dare I say Xmas! it`s time for my yearly trip to Ethiopia to do some charity work for Facing Africa.
The Medical Centre
The Surgery

The Team
The People
It's usually a busy couple of weeks but I thought that perhaps I could squeeze in a few sessions of karate, yes, even in Ethiopia! It didn`t take me long to find a club in Addis Ababa on the web. I emailed the chief instructor who to my surprise & delight returned the compliment. The Chief instructor is Solomon Kebede; he is the President of EKA (Ethiopian Karate Association) and the founder.
Above : Sensei Solomon Kebede and Kelvin

The EKA was established on the 20th of June 2005, when it was officially registered by the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ministry of Justice. Before this any Martial art in Ethiopia was illegal so training used to occur in secret.

So along with the allowance of 45kg of equipment, I smuggled in my gi. There are 4 training sessions per week. I targeted the weekend sessions as work commitments would make the others difficult. I grabbed one of the ubiquitous blue & white taxis which definitely don`t have a MOT!They took me to the Alem Gym (Alem means world) where incidentally Gabri Salassi trains. I received a warm welcome by all.

The training consisted of two hour sessions each time. The training was fairly intense, with no air con, but the Ethiopian temperatures are always between 21 - 25 C. The main obstacle is the altitude with no time for natural adaptation. If you have never trained at altitude before; then imagine nausea, headaches & shortness of b
reath with mild exertion e.g walking slowly upstairs. So even slow kata was interesting!

The session began with kihon, blocks punches & kicks, then we moved on to the Heian katas plus Bassai dai to count then with speed & power! One after the other, the first hour finished with kumite, I had to spar with Japanese & Sri Lankan 1st Dans (who have adapted to the rarefied atmosphere). So a quick collapse on the floor! Before starting the second hour. This was tougher with more sparring & fitness work. I have some new ideas for warm ups now!

I was invited to teach some of the youngsters basic sparring I had the privilege of leading the closing ceremony both in Japanese & Amharaic. Overall it was an excellent experience, & as usual with karate away from home I have always been made very welcome. This was no exception!

So a big thank you to Solomon & his club members.
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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Selby Karate Friends Re-United

At Nottingham today I bumped into Sensei Luis Bastidas.

We have been in contact for the last few months and Luis is very keen to try and establish links with old SSKC Karateka.

Inspired by Sensei Luis, I have decided to start a new section to our blog - "Old Members".

Luis very kindly lent me his old Kodokai Licence and gave me a gift of an original Shotokan Karate International Kodokai badge.

Please follow the link in the side bar by clicking on "Old Members" I have entered what details I have from Luis and will ask him to E mail me further info and photos etc.

I will also contact a few Ex members and ask if they will share their Information.

If you know of any old members please forward to them. Every year we hold a SSKC competition in May, do you think that this would make a great date for a annual SSKC reunion?

You may not have put a Gi on in a few years, but you may get the opportunity to wave a flag or present a cup, and have the opportunity of a small shandy afterwards, Osu!

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