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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Met grote dank aan Gonzalo Villarrubia. Voor meer foto’s: klik hier.