|Posted by Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai on February 5, 2010 at 10:00 AM||comments (1)|
The above Kanji is for the kata Myojo which was a private kata of Kenwa Mabuni Sensei, the founder of Shito-Ryu Karate-Do. The information that I have about this kata comes from my personal contact with members of the Japan Shihan Kai of the late Kenzo Mabuni Soke.
The word Myojo can be interpreted to mean "morning star" however, the Kata derived its name from the name of the Japanese High School where Kenwa Mabuni Sensei attended to teach the students self defence. The Kata contains the self defence sequences that Mabuni Sensei taught to the students.
As far as I am aware, Myojo Kata was a private Kata devised by Kenwa Mabuni Sensei which was not taught or demonstrated to the general public. The kata was only taught to Shihans from Seito Shito Ryu by the late Kenzo Mabuni Soke. I have been fortunate enough to learn the Kata and Bunkai as taught by Kenzo Mabuni Soke and I should point out that it is nothing like the versions that can be viewed on YouTube which are vastly different from the Myojo as taught be Kenzo Mabuni Soke.
I have never taught Myojo to any of my students before and I recently decided that I would introduce it to members of the Honbu Dojo (Williams Family Karate Academy). I wanted to emphasize that Kata is more than a set of movements practised in a certain pattern, so instead of telling everyone that I would be teaching them a rare kata I broke the kata down into 6 combinations. We practiced each combination like a line drill and then looked at the application by working it with a partner to see how each set worked as a defence against an attack.
After everyone started to become familiar with the combinations, I put the moves together and showed them the kata. It was an interesting and different way to teach a new kata and I think (hope) everyone who participated found it interesting!
If you were at training this week and learnt Myojo, please leave a comment and tell us what you thought of the Kata and also the way it was presented ie: bunkai first. I would really like to see your comments and feedback.
|Posted by Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai on January 19, 2010 at 10:34 AM||comments (0)|
We have just been advised that the 8th World Shito-Ryu Championship in Vancouver/Richmond, Canada will be hel on July 30th and 31st, 2011. The following is an excerpt from a email notification received from William Cheung Shihan in Vancouver.
"... Please find attached a notification on the upcoming 8th World Shito Ryu Championships in Vancouver/ Richmond, Canada on July 30 and 31, 2011. We know the cities of Richmond and Vancouver have a lot to offer for those that have never been to Canada and I look forward to seeing everyone I met in Osaka last summer as well as others I've met at the past Taikai's. I also look forward to meeting new faces that I haven't met yet in the Seito Shito Ryu Family. I am currently working on hotel accommodations that will be affordable and provide premium services for all of our guests. The venue for the tournament will be within a short walking distance from the hotel and close to all amenities. Airport shuttles will take those from the airport to the hotel so transportation will not be an issue.
I will be providing information on one day tour package for post taikai activities at Whistler and Victoria. Both areas are beautiful to visit and illustrate what Western Canada is all about."
We will keep everyone informed as new information comes in and in the mean time start saving!!
|Posted by Andrew on January 7, 2010 at 12:15 AM||comments (3)|
Konnichiwa from Japan
I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas holiday period and I wish everyone well for 2010. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the new Shodans of the club, as well as those who have achieved new ranks since I left in August. Well done!
My first four and a half months in Japan have absolutely flown by and I’m absolutely loving the experience of living in Japan. There’s so much to talk about but I’ll start with a bit about where I live. It's a relatively small town called Hachinohe. Hachinohe is in Aomori prefecture, which is the northernmost prefecture of Honshu, the main island of Japan. The population is about 240,000 and it is mainly an industrial and commercial fishing town.
I teach English at a senior high school where students are aged between 15-18 years old. The students are a good bunch and are very friendly. I also spend a few days a month at a local handicapped school, which is about a 5 minute drive from the high school. The students are nearly always full of energy, which is good to see. There’s also a certain few that follow me around wherever I go, including waiting for me to arrive and walking me to the door to leave (no comments about that last part Lesley). It’s a rewarding experience and definitely puts things in perspective.
In terms of the weather, I can sum it up in one word…. COLD. In fact, the most common word Japanese people seem to say around here is ‘Samui’ (Japanese for cold), which is said with varying degrees of pain on people’s faces and stuttering in their voices because of the uncontrollable shivering. They also tend not to open their mouths so much to talk in order to save heat escaping from their bodies. OK, that last bit is made up. Temperatures at the moment seem to range between -3 to 3 with Japan’s arctic version of the Fremantle Doctor regularly coming in to cool the place down further. Despite all this, there are still many young Japanese girls in particular who will confront the cold temperatures and icy footpaths with enthusiasm on Friday and Saturday nights in a cute miniskirt and high heels. Alas, who is it for me to question this any more than I already have but say ‘girls, ganbatte!’
As for snow, Hachinohe gets less snow than the western side of the prefecture due to the mountains that separate the two sides. In saying that however, last night we had the most snow in a night since I’ve been here and I had to plough my way to work this morning. Of course that was after I had to get a 6 inch layer of snow and ice off my car before I could drive anywhere. On the positive side though, this weekend I get to try snowboarding for the first time ever. I’m really looking forward to it and it’s something I’ve wanted to try for a long time.
I live in a two bedroom apartment so it is quite big by Japanese standards. There aren’t too many differences between my apartment here compared to one’s in Perth except that the bedrooms have tatami mats on the floor and the shower and bath are in an enclosed room where the walls and ceiling can get completely wet. Oh yeah, I also have to remember to drain the water pipes every night to prevent them cracking from the water in them freezing. Unfortunately this also prevents making the quick early morning dash through the cold apartment to the bathroom or shower as you have to wait for the 45 odd seconds for the pipes to refil before they can be used. Turning the pipes on and off is definitely a feature that I think should be included on any smart panel devices in the future to be installed by the average Japanese bedside.
I have felt a few earthquakes since I've been here. All have been very small and have been no more than 3.5 magniture. Earthquakes are also a new experience for me and going through one is a very surreal feeling. As long as they don’t get much larger I’ll be happy, since some of the stories I’ve heard from other people about the larger one’s are not particularly pleasant. In saying that, one of the first earthquakes I felt was in the early hours of the morning. It was enough to wake me up although obviously not fully as I remember thinking 'just a bit to the left please' before drifting back off to sleep.
So that’s a short intro to where I’m living in Japan. I will add more posts very shortly with some of the experiences I’ve had, as well as some photos. Stories you can look forward to are:
- My sleepwalking roommate during my orientation in Tokyo
- Japanese festivals
- Food, including how a delicious bowl of ramen caused a minor eye injury
- My New Year holiday
and many more….
If there's anything in particular you'd like to ask about, please feel free to post a question and I'll try my best to answer it. Take care everyone.
|Posted by Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai on December 28, 2009 at 5:56 AM||comments (0)|
We have just finished uploading a new page to the members section of the site. You can find it under the heading of 'Stances' after clicking on the members link. This should provide a good reference for the twelve stances required in the Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do curriculum.
This page is restricted to members only so if you haven't joined yet you will need to do so before you can view the new page.
Please leave a comment and tell us what you think and also let us know what else you would like to see on the site. We have plans to upload more pages in the New Year to deal with more techniques in the curriculum.
Remember that all members can comment on any of the entries in the blog, it doen't matter if it's just a few words we want everyone to get involved.
If you have a question you can go the forum section and ask away, it is quite likely that other members will be interested in the answer as well so don't hesitate, there's no such thing as a stupid question!
|Posted by Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai on November 30, 2009 at 1:21 PM||comments (1)|
Congratulations to Dean and Shane Welcome to the Yudansha
Dean (left) & Shane (right) with Mike Shihan (centre) after the grading
On Saturday November 28, 2009 a Black Belt grading was held at Williams Family Karate Academy. The two candidates, Dean and Shane have both been training for over 4 years and did a great job of demonstrating their knowledge and skill of Seito Shito-Ryu Karate-Do. The grading was challenging both physically and mentally and both candidates showed excellent focus and spirit. They were both awarded the rank of Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) by Mike Williams Shihan. Well done guys an excellent effort!! Please leave you comments and tell us what you thought if you were at the grading.
|Posted by Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai on October 20, 2009 at 2:16 AM||comments (0)|
On Sunday October 18, 2009 three of our members entered a Novice karate Tournament held at the Morley Sport & Recreation centre, they came back with 4 medals!
Congratulations to Fleur, Taiga and Steph on a great effort. Fleur won silver for Kata and Gold for Kumite, Taiga won Gold for Kata and Steph won Bronze for kumite - Great effort!
Thanks to Lesley our Tournament coordinator for looking after the team.
|Posted by Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai on August 19, 2009 at 1:46 AM||comments (0)|
Mike Williams with his wife Ingrid at the Ohama Gym in Osaka
On July 26, 2009 Mike achieved a long term goal in Karate when he was awarded the rank of Godan (5th Dan) as well as his Shihan Licence and the title of Renshi by Soke Tsukasa Mabuni at the 7th International Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Cup held in Osaka, Japan.
Mike started Karate training over 25 years ago and has always studied Shito-Ryu Karate-Do which was is one of the four main styles in Japan. He was appointed Chief Instructor of Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai by the Late Kenzo Mabuni Soke in 2003.
The above photo shows Mike with his wife Ingrid (also a Black Belt) at the Ohama Gym in Osaka just after the closing ceremony for the 7th International Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Cup. The last day was very busy starting at 9.00am and finishing just after 6.00pm. Mike with other members from Australia took part in the Kata seminar , followed by his grading test, followed by the finals for the Kata and Kumite and finally in the team kumite!
As well as being appointed as a Shihan, he came home with a Bronze medal for Kata, Silver for Kumite and Silver for Team Kumite.
You can look at some photos of the Japan trip in our Photo Gallery.
|Posted by Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai on August 16, 2009 at 9:01 PM||comments (2)|
As some of you may know one of our long standing members and Black Belt Instructor, Andrew is going to live in Japan for a year. Andrew was accepted into the JET program as an Assistant Language Teachet (ALT) and will be working at a High School to help teach English. Andrew is going to Aomori which is on the top of Honshu island.
Andrew is going to keep us posted on what he is up to via our blog which should be very interesting. Anyone who is a member of our site will then be able to post comments and keep in touch with Andrew while he is away.
Have a great time Andrew! and we all look forward to reading your Blogs (don't forget the photos and video).
|Posted by Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai on August 10, 2009 at 7:27 PM||comments (0)|
Congratulations to Lesley,Ingrid, Dave, Alex & Jacob (not in photo) on receiveiving their Shodan Menjo (1st Dan Certificates) issued in Osaka, Japan by Soke Tsukasa Mabuni. The Menjo are only done three times a year so it can take a while to get them but it is certainly something worth waiting for!
|Posted by Shito-Ryu Australia Karate-Do Kai on August 2, 2009 at 5:21 AM||comments (2)|
We have all arrived home after attending the International Tournament in Osaka, Japan. It was a great trip and we managed to bring home a total of 8 Medals! Click here for more details. If you came with us to Osaka, please leave a comment and tell us what you thought of the trip.