Group shot of some of the kids at their last After School karate class today before breaking up for the summer holidays. We usually have about 20 in the first class, and 7 or 8 in the second but with it being so close to the official school summer break, a lot of kids have already gone on holiday.
The kids at Throston School are great, they range from 5 years up to about 8 and we’ve been teaching the same group of kids since September last year. I think what is really great is that they are all still white belts, and they are still training just as hard as when they first started! How many kids do you know that would be happy staying a white belt for a year? Anyways, we’ll be having belt tests in September ready for the massive influx of new kids to the classes. Good times…
This post was a test to see if i could upload with my phone, and after some tinkering, i’ve figured it out. (all I had to do was ‘tick’ a box at the bottom 🙂
After a lot of searching the internet, asking friends for advice etc… I’ve finally picked up my shiny new phone. It’s a HTC desire on the Orange phone network. I’m not going to repeat the sales pitch, if your really interested check out the HTC Website.
The phone is really cool, i’ve finally figured out how to work it with my stubby fingers. I’ve downloaded tons of apps which allow me to update all the social networking sites, the Tokyo subway maps, the wordpress app to update this blog, my email…. obviously and some really cool games like sudoku and more importantly – it’s in sync with my google calendar which means that i can remember where we happen to be teaching each day.
There’s not many Wadokai kata videos to find on the internet, and the official DVD’s that are available tend to be focused on ‘instruction’ rather than ‘performance’. This makes it difficult to compare your own performance to a high quality benchmark outside of your own group. The following are two Wadokai videos available on youtube.
The video is of Takuya Furuhashi winning the men’s kata division at the JKF-Wadokai Nationals in 2007. Seishan, Chinto and then Wanshu in the finals. Furuhashi-san also went on to win the men’s kata division at the Wado World Championships in Vancouver, Canada in 2008 (see below).
There are a few differences between the way these kata are performed and the way my kata is performed. These are relatively slow kata, with lots of intentional pauses between techniques. This obviously means that the competitor is on the mat longer and therefore that the judges can spend more time appreciating the techniques. The pace of the Kata is a little different to my version.
It will be interesting to see what the judges make of my attempts at some of these kata in a few weeks time!