The second edition of the “Origins of Karate” seminar has taken place yesterday in The Hague. I believe that all attendees have experienced a distinctive seminar, with workshops about Goju-ryu, Isshin-ryu, Shito-ryu and Shotokan.
Again the seminar focused solely on traditional Karate with no space for sport Karate. Goju-ryu started the sessions with sensei van den Dris who, after a brief introduction about Ibuki breathing, elaborated over kata Sanchin with a challenging two-man drill.
Afterwards it came the turn of the German sensei Loren and his Okinawan Karate Isshin-ryu; he introduced the group to the peculiarities of this style with its “close-in” practical techniques, such as the blocking system performed with the muscle at the intended contact point as opposed to other styles that block with the bone; the vertical fist tate tsuki with the thumb on top of the fist instead of the corkscrew common in other styles; and the snapping kicks soba and otoshi geri.
The third session was for sensei Villarrubia from Shito-ryu who imparted an intensive and demanding workshop with a myriad of applications based on shuto and haito-uchi techniques from Bassai-Sho, Jitte, Seipai and Shisochin Kata.
Sensei van de Leur closed the sessions with an inspiring speech about the differences amongst Budo, Bujutsu and sport Karate as well as with an interesting two-person drill inspired on Heian Nidan Kata.
Met grote dank aan Gonzalo Villarrubia. Voor meer foto’s: klik hier.