Wa-uke

Wa-uke or circular block is the most versatile and most frequently used in Uechiryu karatedo. It is one of the secret techniques in Uechiryu. Simple by the look but it takes months or years to learn the correct method and to understand its concepts and applications. My previous research incorporated concepts from Taijiquan and Aikido…

Another great training

I did not do much kata tonight but it was really fruitful and tiring training. I began to learn 連続組み手 (Renzoku Kumite) this evening. Finally, I had completed the Seisan bunkai with Fumiya this evening. We did a few more Seisan bunkai to make sure I could remember the sequences. I still did plenty of…

I feel lousy

When I woke up in the morning, I could feel the lousiness in me. I had 4 times of diarrhea this morning. It could be my body lacking isotonic balance after the purges or it could be lack of sleep for waking up four times at to take a leak. Nevertheless, like use, took a…

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….

Yoga

I had my 2nd Yoga training in the morning today. It was really tiring and sweating because Sumako Sensei (Yoga) was putting up the practice particularly to supplement my karate training. She did a lot of exercise with heavy emphasis on toes. In Uechi-ryu, the front snap kick or Shomen Geri also can be called…

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…

I want to achieve more

After I’ve made a retrospection about my progress for the last 8 days of my training on Okinawa, I don’t feel satisfactory about my progress although Sensei has said I am progressing rapidly. I could have done better than what I’ve achieved now. Simply because there were too many concerns in my mind. Now 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…

Evening training

This evening, Fumiya came. Sensei has talked a lot about Fumiya. Fumiya has just passed his nidan this May. I really had gotten a chance to see his Sanchin. I could see his muscles was well developed. Sensei giving Fumiya san Sanchin kitae with Jessica working in the background Jeff (USAF pilot) helping his friends…