We have set-up a dedicated website for SHOTOCAMP. Features include :
- Technical Camp Details
- ShotoCup Tournament Details
- Online Registration
All updates will be posted on this website and on ShotoCamp’s FB event page.
We have set-up a dedicated website for SHOTOCAMP. Features include :
All updates will be posted on this website and on ShotoCamp’s FB event page.
Video links that cover the SKIF Shodan Syllabus. I hope it helps you prepare for your grading. (A.H.)
Group Photo With Kancho & Daizo Sensei from Kacho’s Seminar in Johor 2010.
Kanazawa Kancho will be in Malaysia from the 17th to the 29th of November 2011. For our members who remember his visit to our Dojo in Johor last year, will not want to miss this opportunity. Please contact your instructor if your want to be part of our delegation to the seminar. This year his main seminar will be in Teluk Intan, Perak from the 26th to the 28th of November.
We would like to encourage all members, especially 4th Kyu & above to participate. All members will also have the opportunity to be graded by Kancho (Please check with your instructor for your eligibility to grade). We are hoping to put together a delegation of 30-40 members. Details on accommodations and costing will be posted when ASAP.
The dates of Kancho’s Tour as of to date are :
17th Nov : Kancho & Murakami Sensei arrives in Kuala Lumpur
19th-21st Nov : Kancho’s Seminar in Brunei
22nd-23rd Nov : Kancho’s Seminar in Sabah (Kota Kinabalu)
24th Nov : Police Training Centre PULAPOL (Kuala Lumpur)
25th Nov : Instructor training at Irene Sensei’s personal dojo (Rawang)
26th-28th Nov : Kancho’s Open Seminar & Grading in Teluk Intan, Perak
29th Nov : Kancho and Murakami Sensei depart for Japan.
The SKA has published the first of what we plan many posters dedicated to the Seiken Tigers Champions. The criteria to be listed as Seiken Tigers Champion not only includes their competitive achievements but also their ability to inspire fellow Tigers.
The first in the series is dedicated to AAMAL ASMADI who recently won the Gold in the Milo-Malaysia Schools Karate Championship in July 2011 in Kuala Lumpur. But even before that she has won the hearts of her dojomates and has inspired even older karate-ka to emulate her training spirit.
Aamal has recently passed her Go-kyu (5th Kyu – Blue Belt) at the grading session held at the Singapore Shotokan Karatenomichi Association on the 23rd of July 2011.
Kudos to Aamal. Gambatte Kudasai!!!
Common Mistakes During Ramadan : Lack of planning is the biggest mistake you can do during Ramadhan. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Make a plan for your diet, training, job, sleep. More errors to avoid:
Not Training. You won’t lose much muscle & strength if you stop weight lifting during Ramadhan. But you’ll tend to stick to your diet less. And this can cause more muscle/strength loss and fat gains than not lifting.
Not Eating Healthy. Lots of people gain fat during Ramadhan. The main reason for this is that a lot of the Ramadan foods are high in sugars & fats. Example: harira soup, often served with bread/dates.
Not Eating Enough. Food is energy. If you don’t eat enough you’ll lack energy at the gym and won’t recover well. You must focus on caloric dense foods to get the most out of your feeding window.
Not Sleeping Enough. Short nights can cause sleep deprivation. This can kill your motivation to go to the gym. Consider naps.
Popular Fasting Myths. I highly recommend you get a copy of Eat Stop Eat. It has all the research regarding fasting and its benefits. Some myths:
Metabolism Slows Down. Studies show that fasting doesn’t decrease your metabolism. And more frequent meals don’t increase it neither.
Muscle & Strength Loss. Fasting doesn’t cause muscle loss. You’ll most likely feel stronger & more aggressive training fasted.
Low Energy. You’ll have energy if you eat enough during your feeding window. Productivity will increase since you’re not wasting time on food.
[Read full article on www.stronglifts.com]
Wishing all our members, families & friends a wonderful Ramadhan!!!
Let’s keep up with the training as well!!
(Calligraphy by Darcos)
Fortune’s favour is fickle, they say. This year Shotokan Masterclass (SMC2011) programme didn’t quiet turn out as we planned.
But everything turned out for the best.
At the SMC2011, we had seven guests from Australia, six from the Avon Valley Shotokan Karate (Perth) Australia and one from Goshin-ryu Sydney, training alongside our members, and exchanging ideas. We thank Ken Bainbridge sensei (4th Dan), Helen Bainbridge sensei (3rd Dan), Russell Johnson (2nd Dan), Samantha Douglas (2nd Dan), Jordan Turnoch (1st Dan), Andrew Ledge (6th Kyu) & Leo Pintos (2nd Dan) for sharing the your time with us.
From the 2nd of July to the 3rd of the July, the training commenced. The sessions we taken in turn by Azlimmi sensei, Ken Sensei & Helen Sensei, each injecting his/her experience and understanding of shotokan karate into the training sessions.
On the evening of July 3rd, a kyu grading session was conducted for SKA members. 14 SKA members who attended the SCM2011 sat (though there wasn’t much sitting done) for their respective level grading. Ken & Helen sensei graciously accepted the invitation to sit in as guest examiners, and expressed their satisfaction at the level of karate the students showed. The results of the grading are as follows:
1. Batrisyia Iman Himzal (SKA Honbu)
1. Resi Nopiyanti bt. Joni (SKA Pasir Gudang)
2. Megat Amirul Syahmi b. Megat Razman Syah (SKA Honbu)
1. Aliff Daniel b. Khalid (SKA Pasir Gudang)
2. Megat Amirul Sufi b. Megat Razman Syah (SKA Honbu)
3. Reksi Hidayat b. Joni (SKA Pasir Gudang)
1. Hadirah Dania Himzal (SKA Honbu)
2. Amira Syahira bt. Mesli (SKA Pasir Gudang)
3. A’rash Amanie b. Khalid (SKA Pasir Gudang)
4. Julita Aisyah bt. Khalid (SKA Pasir Gudang)
1. Faiz Asraf b. Saparudin (SKA Honbu)
2. Muhd. Darunnafis b. Abd. Halip (SKA Pasir Gudang)
3. Muhd. Izzudin b. Mohd. Effendi (SKA Pasir Gudang)
1. Yugesh a/l Raj Babu
We congratulate the students on passing the grading.
On the 4th of July, the visitors (Australians) were taken to the Kota Tinggi Waterfalls for some R&R by Azlimmi sensei & family accompanied by Bro. Asmadi Ahmad (SKA Singapore Shibu-cho) & family and Bro. Faiz Asraf. We were treated to some very delicious munchies made by Sister Azrinah Abu Basri (herself a brown belt in Shito-ryu… once upon a time) and had a great time just fooling around for the day. The highlight (for yours truly) was a recording of Ken sensei performing the Tensho-no-kata at the waterfalls…. precious. The video can be watched on Azlimmi’s sensei videocam 🙂 on request. After spending the day at the waterfalls, the group headed back just in time to get some rest before getting ready for the 8.30pm class at the dojo. Again, Ken & Helen sensei with Sammie senpai attended the training and got to meet other SKA members who didn’t make it for the SMC2011.
photos by Faiz Asraf
Overall, it was a memorable experience. Once again we thank Ken & Helen sensei and their team for sharing this wonderfl time with us.
The following are photos of the SMC2011 by Faiz Asraf on facebook:
In the next few days, 19 members of the SKA will be participating in an open tournament. For the few, this is their umpteenth time on the competitive tatami, but for the most of them, this will be their first time.
Competitions (to me a form of test) brings pressure to all involved. For the coaches, it is the pressure of preparing the team. For the team manager, it is the pressure of getting the logistics (& everything else!!) ready. For the seasoned team members, it is the pressre of improving their track record, or moving up to a new category. For the newbies, it is the terror of stepping on an unknown tatami to face an unknown opponent, and last but not least, for the supporters (family members, friends, sponsors, etc) the pressure of watching their team endure what would normally not be ‘civilised behaviour’ ; attacking an unknown person unprovoked. So you get the picture, pressure cooker all around.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of competitions.
But, it is a necessary evil. Though I do not like to enter competitions (personally, I hate the attention when standing in the middle of the tatami and having tons of people watching…… as an instructor, I hate allocating training time to train the few who are entering competitions , time taken away from training the on how to better use their body (& mind) in perfecting their technique and making each technique as a defensive.. and offensive tool at any scenario), it gives an extra dimension to a students martial art development that dojo training, no matter how intense can provide. We all like to think we give the best training, compared to other dojos, but the reality is, peer to peer ‘fights’ (for lack of a better word) among dojo mates (no matter how competitive) does not give that same edge, that same adrenaline rush we get during a fight (kumite or kata) during a competition. In a dojo session, we worry about hitting our friend too hard, or a kohai (junior) intimidated by a senpai (senior), or reversed, a senpai worry pushing a kohai too much. A smile or a snicker from our dojo opponent will also get us smiling.
This is not lack of discipline, this is human nature.
The dojo is not a battle ground, it is a place of learning, a school.
Then competitions becomes necessary, to test the skills of our modern day weekend samurai. Imagine this, a soldier spends his whole life shooting at targets on the practice range experience a different psychological hurdle when staring at a live human target down the barrel of the same rifle he (or she) has used thousands of times before. Lobbing a live grenade into a practice bunker is different than consciously lobbing a live grenade a group of enemy hostiles. Some handle the transition easier than others. Some, not all.
So there we stand, into the shadow of the valley of death (forgive my moment of dramatisation) either staring at an opponent on the opposite side of the referee, wondering what kind of fighting experience he has (or not), or, as in kata, staring inwardly, focusing all our will and training not to cock up our well rehearsed kata, ignoring the facial, body and verbal language of all those around us, so that we may execute our routine as hoped.
But before we can get there on the tatami, we are at the dojo, training. Competition Training, Squad Training.. whatever you call it. The focus of such training is not only to give your team a fighting chance, but a chance to actually bring back some faux silverware to adore the dojo walls. The majority of the ‘OPEN TOURNAMENTS’ run of the rules defined by the Word Karate Federation (WKF). So preparations are made to give the participants the best chance to win within the rules set by this organisation (the following view is made from a perspective of a Shotokan instructor):
[KATA TRAINING] Heian and Tekki katas for the most are out. Face it, no matter how brilliant your Heian Yondan or Godan, it can’t compare to the like of Seipai & Seinchin (unless your opponent performs them really badly). So you have to do the 4 Shotokan Shitei kata – Kanku-dai, Jion, Empi and Bassai-dai. In a normal dojo (my yardstick for normal dojo is a dojo that follows the JKA/SKIF style training syllabus), it’ll take sometime around a year and a half to two years for a student to have gone through the 8 kyu levels before to start learning the Shotokan Shitei Kata. That is, in this world where time is now measured in nano-seconds, a long time for someone to stand aside and watch his/her ‘senior’ pack up their gear and travel to kingdoms far far away in search of glory and fame. What option is there left? One, the newbie enters the competition with his exceptional Heian kata and lose. Or in the words of a certain ‘life coach’ (whatever that means); gain experience. Two, the coach/instructor has to teach the relatively new student an ‘advance kata’ do that he has a fighting chance. Either way, they lose. I don’t know about other instructors, but my students, have been pressuring me to teach them an ‘advance kata’ so that they have a chance to win. And these students have still yet to come to grips with basic kata. So, to either keep the student from walking out and joining a dojo that can fulfil their needs, or to satisfy their own inner ego and to stop the losing streak and not be patient while the students gain ‘experience’, we teach them one advance kata. Then it snowballs, two kata, three kata……….. no matter the result, they both lose. Soon the dojo forgoes the Heian katas altogether and other unpopular kata for having no ‘return value on investment’ and the decline starts. It is wrong to teach a 6th Kyu Bassai-dai or Kanku-sho?? It is wrong if it is meant to bolster the dojo’s competition chances. It is not wrong (my own opinion) if it is used as a tool to show the student the possibilities of kata training (lets face it, the Heians are not the most exciting kata on the Shotokan roster).
Back to today, I had earlier conducted a private training for some students heading out for fame and glory this weekend. 3/4 of the training was on kata (OK.. I’m guilty of favouring kata to kumite… so shoot me). I have a shodan, practicing Kanku-sho, Hangetsu, and Gankaku, a nikyu practicing Bassai-dai, Jion and Kanku-sho, and a rokkyu practicing Kanku-sho, Heian Yondan and Heian Sandan.
My analysis : the shodan has to get over his insecurities on what makes a kata ‘hard’ and just execute (not perform) the kata from the heart and not be too analytical of his kata, the nikyu has to push herself the extra 5% in all her moves, and that kata has to come from good kihon and the rokkyu.. oohhh the adorable six and a half year old rokkyu (didn’t I say that she was only six and a half years old??) has got to stop comparing herself from her brother and sisters and just enjoy herself in whatever she does. But kids just don’t get it when we say, winning doesn’t matter… what matters is that you give 110% when you step on the tatami. The bigger battle is with yourself. If you have done your best, then you have won, medal or no medal…. And children, heed my warning, do not stoop to plastic and robotic kata movements, noisy breathing and body slapping.. you know how much I hate those. Make your kata come to life.. heart and soul… better to crash and burn that to fade away.
Unsu by Yahara Mikio Sensei
I’ve got to stop now, the word count on my typing editor shows 1300 words and counting.. that is more that I wanted to do by a thousand. Tomorrow I will digress (or ramble) on the effect of competition on kumite training and my analysis of the remainder of the training I had with three wonderful kids earlier today…. or was it yesterday???
On Thursday (26th May 2011), four members of the SKA, led by Azlimmi Sensei (also SKIF Malaysia Assistant Chief Instructor) attended the SKIF Malaysia Training with Nick Adamous Sensei, 8th Dan from the IASK. Adamous Sensei was one of Kanazawa Kancho’s earliest students in the UK when karate first made it’s dayview there. He is also co-author of a book with Kanazawa Kancho, KANAZAWA’S KARATE.
The training which lasted about 3 hours focused on Gojushiho and Kihon Ippon Kumite, and was attended by about 11 other karate-ka from Perak and Sri Lanka. This private training was courtesy of SKIF Malaysia President, Ms. Irene Teh Chin Hoon. Adamou Sensei corrected the participants kata and kumite techniques according to how Kanazawa Kancho taught him.
After the training, a grading session was conducted for the white belt children from Irene Sensei’s class by Adamou sensei, with all passing and 2 awarded with a double grading to 8th Kyu. Congratulations to the new batch of SKIF Karate-ka. Ossu!!!
The Seiken Karatenomichi Academy welcomes KARL NOEL TEOH sensei, 4th Dan as the representative for the SKA in the Historical City of Melaka.
Karl sensei can be contacted at +6012.6663171
This year the 2nd SKA Annual ShotoCamp will again be hosted by the Honbu Dojo from the 26th to the 28th of November 2010.
This year we have expanded the format by having separate beginners and advance training sessions.
We have also organised the ShotoCup Kyu Grade & Open Karate Championships. The championships will allow beginners to enter a tournament based on their level of expertise and not get thrown in together in one big jiyu-kumite bowl. The kyu grade participants will compete in Gohon Kumite, Sanbon Kumite & Jiyu-Ippon Kumite. Only 3rd kyu and above are allowed to participate in the ‘Open Championship’ with jiyu-ippon judged on ippon-han rules.
In kata, participants will only be allowed to perform Shotokan katas, and according to their grade.
Please contact us, if you wish to join in this unique event.
The Academy is planning a trip to train and maybe participate in a tournament in Japan around September/October in 2011.
All members interested in participating please inform your instructors. The trip will be about 1 week (an extended trip is also planned to extend our trip to Okinawa). Cost details will be posted in the SKA Members Google group around January 2011. So dust off your passports….. and check out your piggy-bank 🙂
More information to be posted soon.
They are only available in white and in long sleeves, so they are suitable for our muslimah members. The T-shirt can be be purchased at the ShotoCentre in Skudai. Sizes range from XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL & XXXL. If you want extra-extra small tee (size 32) please order from your instructor.
You can also order online by paying through PayPal.
Direct / Club Orders can be made through Azlimmi Sensei (+6012.7127743) and Asmadi Senpai (+6019.2865923).
Training at the Seiken Karatenomichi Academy will resume after the Eid Holidays on 17th September (Friday) at Pasir Gudang. Training at the Dojo starts on the 20th of September. We wish all members Happy Holidays.