Tuesday, 10 November 2015
I was successful in grading to Yondan, 4th degree black belt for people who are not familiar with karate world.
That, however, pales by comparison with the opportunity to train and learn from some of the senior Sensei's in Canada. While the entire weekend was a phenomenal experience the highlights were definitely the kumite clinic with Sensei Germain Bisson and the Fundamentals (my word) Clinic by Sensei Romualdo Ferri.
The kumite clinic was inspiring and Sensei Bisson's energy was infectious. I hope I can bring some of that energy and inspiration back to our club to make it even better than it is now.
The fundamentals clinic really put a number of things in perspective as Sensei focused on the seichusen and the tanden and I hope that I can incorporate that into my training. It's going to be a lot of hard work but I think it will be worth it.
While I love my club and I love my sensei, sometimes you need a different point of view to tell you exactly the same information but in a different way in order for the information to finally click in to your brain.
Now my journey begins again.
Train hard and train often.
Thursday, 5 November 2015
Day one was quite an adventure. I got up at a reasonable hour after a decent night's sleep and headed to the dojo. Through texting I connected with a fellow karateka who I asked to be my tori when I heard he was helping someone else. We, and a few others went for breakfast and then headed over to the dojo to be on time.
Then the waiting began.
There were quite a few challenging a number of different ranks on this day which made for a lot of waiting. Time to let your brain get completely messed up about the things you think you don't know or the things you may have forgotten.
I think the biggest challenge when advancing is to try and stay calm and collected. Find the mushin.
My turn came and I stepped onto the floor. I was nervous and had a little trouble remembering to breathe but I feel like I eventually settled down and performed reasonably well.
Day 2 should be easier since it is mostly just a clinic, I think and while I will likely get picked on it will be more interactive and less a presentation which will help me stay more calm.
Wednesday, 4 November 2015
Getting in to bed the night before heading to Toronto to challenge my Yondan grading. I'm tired! The loss of an hour due to ending daylight savings time has been tiring because now the cats want to be fed at 5:30am and not 6:30am.
It has just clicked over to midnight and I have to leave for the airport at 11:00am. I hope I'm not forgetting anything. I'll have plenty of time to double check everything in the morning, thanks to the cats.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Friday, 11 November 2011
Friday, 15 April 2011
|Sensei Peter Giffen|
and a student from the AKC
As a memorial to Jamie, Sensei Peter Giffen taught a class at the Atlantic Karate Club on April 11th and I was in attendance. I spent a fair bit of the night taking photographs as he first worked with the kids class and then later with the adults. You can find the raw photos from those classes over on PicasaWeb.
Sensei Giffen taught many of the basic principals of karate that night. Things like dropping your weight into your stance to become immovable or as close to it as possible. Holding your hands comfortably on your hip in such a way as to make it possible to punch forward even when there is resistance. How to create a strong stance to ensure a strong technique. None of these concepts are new. In fact, these are the same basic concepts that senseis have been handing down to their students for generations.
The important message for me that night, however, was not about any one particular technique that he reviewed. The message to me from this class was that here was yet another karateka giving me permission and, in fact, encouragement to be myself. Over the years my senseis have encouraged me to find the techniques and stances that would help me better understand myself. Chito-Ryu is about the individual; unlike some styles we do not measure our stances, punches, or kicks with a ruler but with our own bodies. What bigger message do you need to understand that you need to be you.