Captivated

To those who are curious why I chose Uechi-Ryu Zankai (including my students), Toyama Sensei’s performance of Sandairyu captivated my heart more than a year ago. The video I saw was actually from Okinawa’s Wonders website. It is very rare to find a grand master to perform such fluent and powerful performance at this age….

Uechi-Ryu Zankai – My Anamnesis – Part 4

Previously, I mentioned about some training philosophy of Uechi-Ryu Zankai, how the organic training enhances our health and strengthening our body. In this episode, I am going to dissect the basic foundation of all techniques which we can find in the kata Sanchin using natural phenomenon, ocean waves. I am not going to write the…

Dantai no Kanshiwa

Tin, Jeff, Senato, Shawn and I (of course) attended the afternoon training class. I really enjoyed doing dantai no Kanshiwa (group kata) with Tin and Jeff. We repeated a few times and refined some glitches and we had a good sweat. While I practiced Seisan with Senato and Shawn, Sensei taught Tin and Jeff Seichin….

My Little Sensei

I worked with little Kazuto during the evening class yesterday. He is 7 years old and he is my Sensei! Kazuto is really amazing at his age and he is able to perform Seiunchin. It will be really hard for some people to learn from a little kid and whose rank is lower. But I…

Training Progress

I have been on Okinawa for my karate sabbatical training for a week and 2 days now. According to Sensei, I have made a rapid progress which they never expected. He had expected to be difficult to work on me as I am transition from one style to another. Until today, I have learned 6…

Great morning workout

Had a great workout this morning. The training was more “severe” every each day. I worked with Hikaru on Seichin and Seiunchin. Jessica came with her friend, Grace. This was Grace’s first day at the dojo. Jessica helped Grace with Sanchin while Hikaru and I took turn doing Sanchin and Sensei gave me a more…

龍の構え

龍の構え (ryū no kamae), dragon ready stance/position is a posture which both hands are equal shape and can be on top/bottom of each other (e.g. double shoken in Kanshiwa), tiger hand (虎の歯 tora no ha) on upper right and lower left of the body, and etc. 龍の構え requires softness as if flexibility and fluid movement of…