Monday, 14 November 2016

Naka Tatsuya Sensei Seminars: Oita 2016

Over the weekend Tatsuya Naka Sensei taught in Oita. The lessons were, as always, absolutely brilliant. A big thanks to Naka Sensei, JKA Hiji-Machi (Watanabe Hirohide Sensei and Watanabe Kaori Sensei - who hosted the seminars again this year) and Mori Hiroyuki Sensei (JKA Oita Chief Instructor).
© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2016).

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Andre Bertel - ITALY 2016: Video Three

Here is the third video from my 2016 seminars in Italy. This video, kindly made by Silvio Cannizzo, depicts the second day of training. On that note, here is my 'YouTube Channel' updated:

© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan 2016.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Yakusoku Kumite is Essential Training

Many people question the importance of Yakusoku-Kumite, which can probably be—best described in English—as PREARRANGED SPARRING.
In actuality, I know a simple fact… These days people need to do more Gohon-kumite, Kihon ippon-kumite and Jiyu ippon-kumite than ever before. Why? Because the heavy influence of tournament karate has resulted in a lack of kime in sports kumite events. Actually, yakusoku kumite in addition to bridging kihon and kata to jiyu-kumite, bolsters kime in jiyu kumite.
Am I against karate tournaments? NOT AT ALL. I won many New Zealand National titles over the years, and a JKA prefectural title (in men’s individual kata) here in Japan—apparently the first non-Japanese to ever do so: even though competition karate has never been my focus.
My perspective, and many of my colleagues and seniors here in Japan, is that tournament kumite must technically represent traditional budo karate, which technically, in essence is all about ichigekki-hissatsu (to finish with a single blow).
In sum, yakusoku-kumite, when practiced correctly, is utterly essential for those seeking the true way Karate-Do. There is nothing wrong with competition, however, first and fore-mostly, karate is BUDO; therefore, the acquisiton of a sound mind/heart and effective martial arts techniques is of the greatest importance.
© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Andre Bertel - ITALY 2016: Video Two

Featured below is the latest video of my Seminars in Italy earlier this year. This video, kindly made by Silvio Cannizzo, depicts the first day of training. On that note, here is my 'YouTube Channel' updated: 

© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan 2016.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Stills from self-training today:

One of my favourite sayings in Karate-Do, and Budo (martial arts) in general, is that `one must talk with their technique`; that is, with their skill. Skill in Karate is not only movement, but being able to apply movements in Jiyu Kumite and, indeed, in self-defence. This requires daily practice with the constant aim of ichigekki-hissatsu: to finish with one blow. This physically summarizes  BUDO KARATE. For those who made the request, from around the world, here is my YouTube Channel updated: 
What`s your favourite video? Irrespective, we have new videos coming soon!!! Osu, Andre Bertel.

© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan 2016.

Friday, 21 October 2016

A look back to South Africa 2013

I was asked today to post the videos from my seminars in South Africa in 2013. Which video is your favourite and why? Irrepective, thank you for the request. Soon I will teach, back in my home country, New Zealand, and then Australia. The authentic traditional Shotokan people will be there, but the political `bought grade and qualifications people` wont show, as they never do'.

If necessary, we will collectively, and democratically, create a new direction. I hope that everyone works together for the best of karateka around the world.

André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2016).

Thursday, 20 October 2016

New `old video` from 2011

This video was just sent to me today. It was a small private training in my hometown, Christchurch, New Zealand back in 2011. Soon I will back down under giving seminars in Christchurch and in Australia. For those attending, see you there!! I am really looking forward to sharing some new knowledge in Oceania, which will give instructors a real edge. As a teaser, I`ve also pasted some other video links below. Which one is your favourite? Soon I`ll also post some new Karate-Do training videos from my dojo here in Japan; furthermore, you can look forward to the videos from my Seminars in Italy in August (2016), which will also be coming, in the near future, straight from Venice. I hope all of this footage will help you in your training. Best wishes from Japan.
Osu, André.

André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2016).

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Basic Hand Speed Training Video

I was asked to upload my basic handspeed training video onto YouTube. So, here it is.

I would like to thank everyone in Australia and New Zealand who have sent very enthusiastic letters about my upcoming seminars there: it is going to be a super couple of weekends in Oz and Kiwi-land for those who are attending!! Below the video are the official posters.

Best wishes from Oita-City, Japan.
Osu, André Bertel.
© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2016).

Monday, 17 October 2016


Here is the first video from my seminars in Venice, Italy, earlier this year. All of this footage has kindly been composed by Silvio Cannizzo Sensei. This first video is basically a collage of photos from the governement ceremony in Mira. Footage of the karate seminars will be coming soon, so stay tuned!
I would again like to offer my appreciation to Mauro Mion Shihan and Silvio Sensei. Furthermore, for all of those who attended the training from all over Italy, and those who travelled in from other countries (as depicted in this footage), best wishes from Oita-City, Japan.

Let`s follow the Karate Way together. Osu, André Bertel

© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan 2016.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Eden Ang comes to Oita (Part 2): Eden Ang Productions Video

Here is a video from my karate student, Eden Ang, from his visit—to have private training —here in Oita City. He did this after a 10 year break from Karate-Do!!  It also includes a road trip we did together. GREAT TIMES!! For more about Eden’s visit and exceptional karate background, click on the following link:

With a few months practice I am sure he can return to a top international level!!! The hard point for everyone, including myself, is relaxation are the foundational techniques. But with Eden’s base talent, and extremely hard work ethic: clearly no problem.

I highly recommend Eden’s YOUTUBE Channel. Here is a direct link:

© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2016).