Sunday, 17th April 2011

MSMAS hold 2nd 'Introduction to Karate' Session at Honbu Dojo....

A Full Report will follow on this Session led by Archie (5th Dan) & Georgie Grassom (2nd Dan) ...


The 1st 'Introduction to Karate' Session was held on Sunday, 28th November 2010, led then by three existing MSMAS Members, all also Karate YuDansha; Archie Grassom 5th Dan, Georgie Grassom 2nd Dan and Steve Tovee 2nd Dan.

That Session was attended by a mixture of other MSMAS YuDansha and Members from the various other discipline sections at MSMAS, Judo, Aikido, Iaido & Kendo.

The Karate style offered was Shukokai, derived from the Shito-ryu system, one of the main styles to have evolved from Okinawa and later transferred to Japan. The way of Karate meaning ‘Empty Hand’, was explained starting with how to make a correct fist, a fundamental and integral building block of the discipline. This was then taken to the next stage and encompassed the correct understanding of the dynamics and body mechanics required to produce maximum impact; later put into practice using specially designed impact pads. From learning to strike correctly the session was then steered towards learning how to block, counter attack, restrain with strikes and arm locks. Various self-defence techniques were explored and a thorough discussion and explanation of the various correct distance and reaction times for each technique was explained and demonstrated. The students were actively encouraged to experiment with each technique to witness firsthand the merits of each technique and the ease of its application. The Session flew by and was concluded by a demonstration of the Kata ‘Seienchin’ by Georgie plus a few words of guidance and practical advice from Kyoshi Roger to all.

Everyone left with much ‘food for thought’, recognising that there is indeed a common thread that unites all the disciplines of Bushido Zanshin.

Some of the comments received after the first Session:

"Just a brief mail to say thank you for the training on Sunday morning .... always good to go back to basics."

"Just wanted to say had a great time. Can we please have some more lessons."

"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to try Karate in today's seminar. I enjoyed the session.."

"I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you and the other Sensei' for the chance to try some Karate on Sunday! I really enjoyed this session, well presented and fun! More please!"


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