Goju Karate-Jutsu Classes for Adults in Chertsey, Surrey.

Remember…

“What someone hears, they forget; what someone sees, they remember; what someone does, they learn”

Surrey Karate Academy offer adult Goju Ryu Karate-Jutsu classes with a focus on practical and effective techniques. With small classes we are able to tailor tuition to the individuals needs. We operate an ‘open door’ policy and anyone is welcome to come and train with us regardless of experience or background, whether on a regular or ad-hoc basis.

Please contact Fernando Mahamud, Mark Woollard or Brad Candy for further details to arrange a session.

Surrey Karate Academy is a member of to the Karate Jutsu Gakkai (KJG), associated to the European Goju Karate Federation (EGKF) and the British Martial Art and Boxing Association (BMABA). Our KJG chief instructor is Shihan Ben Craft (6th Dan).

SKA instructors train and study in a variety of associations and often attends seminars with shihan Leo Lipinski 8th Dan Seiwakai, 7th Dan JKF Goju Kai and President of Goju Kai Europel, and with 8th Dan Seiwakai President Hanshi Seiichi Fujiwara in UK and Japan.

We also study Koryu Uchinadi (KU) with Hanshi McCarthy’s, at any given opportunity, and with a number of superb shidoin KU instructors in the South of England.

We have a keen interest in studying Sensei Taira Masaji’s technology and look forward to growing our understanding of the Kenkyukai karate and applications after attending a 3 day seminar on the 7th, 8th and 9th of October 2016.

Train and study Goju Karate-Jutsu  with us at Riverbourne on Mondays and Thursdays, between 8:15pm and 9:50pm

Call now 07844409642 or email info@surreykarateacademy.co.uk for further information.

 

A Glance into Hanshi McCarthy’s insight of Karate

The following extract is the response Hashi McCarthy sent to a fellow martial artist who emailed him.

I have highlighted fragments of the text which I found of special interest or, for whatever reason, have resonated in my ears. I have also deleted anything that makes reference to any specific person or association to focus on the educational material encapsulated in this wonderful email.

I’ve left the very last paragraph of the original email to highlight his wonderful open-door policy by which Hanshi lives karate (and his life).

The lecture you are about to read is master class and this is reproduced with Hanshi McCarthy’s permission.

Enjoy!

“Greetings from Brisbane, Australia where I hope that my reply finds you well and getting ready to enjoy the Christmas season. It’s always nice to meet a new friend and enjoy some camaraderie with likeminded people on the pathway of the fighting arts.

Of course, you couldn’t be more correct in saying that Karate is a system of fighting built upon an incomplete study of Chinese Quanfa … and arguably that which originates in Yongchun. Having been involved with Karate for so many years [I assume Shotokan] I am confident you have must experienced all that which is lacking in the modern Japanese interpretation of the art, and its competitive element, too.

Abstract

In 1985, and after 21 years of studying Karate in my home country of Canada [fyi, I first started in 1964 and later also took up Lam Saiwing-lineaged Hung Gar Kung Fu in 1970 along with Pencak Silat], I walked away disappointed from the modern tradition of Karate, its rule-bound, shallow competitive practices and narrow-minded politics. At that time, I had decided to travel to the source of its origins to discover and better understand the original art. As such, I migrated to Japan and lived there for more than a decade. While living there, however, I discovered that the Japanese art of Karate was based upon an older art developed in Okinawa during its old Ryukyu Kingdom Period. Therefore, I made several trips to Okinawa in an effort to discover the original art. The lengthy study was very interesting and I learned much from the many senior instructors from a wide variety of different styles. Surprisingly, however, and during that mid-1980’s study I also discovered that, “Karate” was actually a hybrid discipline based upon incomplete elements of various foreign fighting practices introduced to the tiny island culture over a long period of time by different people [often identified as, “pioneers”] in a haphazardly [unorganised/unsystematised] manner. As you could imagine, with such an inquisitive personality like mine, I couldn’t let it rest just there and had to continue to pursue the journey.

My first trip to China was during the late 1980’s and over the subsequent years I continued to ventured to many places like Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Shaolin, Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Quanzhou, Changle, Putian and Yongchun etc., for cross-training and related historical studies with many of the leading authorities of the most well-known Chinese fighting arts. During my studies [between North & South, Internal & External, Hard & Soft, etc.] I discovered that the older southern-based Chinese fighting arts [such as Monk Fist, SPM, Crane & Haka boxing, etc.] were actually original sources from which various elements found there way into Okinawan culture. Of course, my early fascination with the studying and translating the Bubishi [武備志/Wubeizhi], and the history of Fang Chiniang, lead me to Yongchun and the Pan family twenty-six years ago in 1990. Since that time, I have long been an admirer of Yongchun Boxing and its wonderful, albeit too often misunderstood, heritage and legacy. However, because of my own interests, varied background with the fighting arts, obligations and ultimate goals [and knowledge of Chinese/Japanese customs, culture & politics], I never joined Grandmaster Pan’s group, or ever requested becoming “an official member.” To this day, however, I remain a staunch supporter of Yongchun Beihequan, the Wen Gong Ci and everything they represent.

Koryu Uchinadi

Koryu Uchinadi [aka KU] is a modern practice I established about twenty-five years ago. It is based largely my personal study and interpretation of the four principal foreign fighting practices once used during Okinawa’s old Ryukyu Kingdom Period. It is a functional coherent and completely systematised method of self-defense based upon the HAPV-theory and corresponding 2-person drill practices.

HAPV-Theory

The acronym, “HAPV” stands for the, HABITUAL ACTS of PHYSICAL VIOLENCE. It is the systematized contextual premise, from which non-lethal empty-handed [one-against-one] self-defense practices can be applied to, in a domestic environment [in contrast to the rule-bound sporting arena, multiple/gang-related violent scenarios and or the “battlefield, etc.] See more here http://www.koryu-uchinadi.org/KU_HAPV.pdf

Pedagogical Abstract

Individual HAPV are identified, described in detail and studied [so that the learner comes to understand its mechanics, the principles that make it work, why it’s dangerous and how it can be effectively negotiated] before being recreated in Futari-geiko/二人稽古 [i.e. 2-person drills ~ see here tinyurl.com/zymx2f3].

In 2-person drills, the attacker recreates the HAPV, with passive resistance [i.e. learning speed] while the defender rehearses its corresponding defensive theme. The exercise is continued on until the learner gains familiarity with the practice. This is to say that the learner can now progress to the next level after feeling comfortably proficient: If only in the reenactment process.

In stage number two, the attacker is required to gradually-to-exponentially increase the intensity of the attack until such time that each engagement is virtually equal to the brutality of a real scenario and any/all glitches in defender’s ability to effectively use the defensive template are resolved.

In level number three line-drills [i.e. working back and forth with various other partners; e.g. big, small, young, old, male, female, fast, hard, compliant and non-compliant, etc.] are continually used in subsequent training in order to take the learner outside their normal comfort zone.

This is the stage of practice where much discovery is unveiled about, “Murphy’s Law” [Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong], the brutality of physical violence, and the constant variables that surround function and competency. As the learner arrives at a functional understanding the training experience is culminated mnemonically; i.e. saving the defensive theme [for the exampled HAPV] into a solo reenactment practice or ritualized template [Kata/型].

Kata

By linking together such ritualized templates into choreographed solo- routines, clearly something greater than the sum total of their individual parts becomes evident … in this light, it is my belief that, “Kata was never meant to teach anything but rather, culminate the lessons already imparted [in 2-person drills].” When the contextual premise is NOT present, or is misunderstood, and/or not supported by functional scenario-based 2-person drills [i.e. the “lost formula”] that Kata becomes something different from what it was originally meant to be.

When learned indiscriminately, this profound time capsule is reduced to little more than a misunderstood cultural recreation. How many times have you learned Kata but remained completely in the dark with regards to its original defensive application? In this regard, I liken Kata to learning a song in a foreign language; an exciting melody to the ears, but without understanding the words in which it is sung its meaning forever remains a mystery. In 1905, French Philosopher, Henri Poincare, wrote: “Science is built upon facts much in the same way that a house is constructed of stone, however, the indiscriminate collection of facts is no more a science than a pile of stones is a house.”

The four individual, and original, sources from which KU comes are:

Tegumi [手組] was originally a form of grappling dating back to the time of Tametomo [11th century Japan]. The discipline is believed to have been originally derived from Chinese Wrestling [Jiao Li/角力 from which comes Shuai Jiao/摔角 — new name est. 1928] and evolved into a unique form of wrestling before finally became a rule-bound sport called Ryukyu/Okinawan Sumo.

Torite [Chin Na/Qinna/擒拿in Mandarin Chinese] is the Chinese Shaolin-based method of seizing and restraining an opponent. Once vigorously embraced by law enforcement officials, security agencies and correctional officers during Okinawa’s old Ryukyu Kingdom Period, the solo re-enactment of this practice can be found in Kata.

Kata [Hsing/Xing 型/形 in Mandarin Chinese], in spite of its vigorous local cultivation during Okinawa’s old Ryukyu Kingdom Period [see my Kumemura theory], are solo fighting routines which trace their origins back to [Fujian] Chinese quanfa [拳法]; e.g. Yongchun Crane Boxing, Monk Fist and Southern Praying Mantis styles, etc. Used as forms of human movement, and unique ways of personal training, they were popularized by the Chinese as ways of promoting physical fitness, mental conditioning and holistic well-being.

Ti’gwa [手小] was Okinawa’s plebeian form of percussive impact—–aka “Te,” “Ti,” “Di” [手 meaning hand/s] or Okinawa-te and Uchinadi. It was an art that depended principally upon the use of clenched fists to strike an opponent [in contrast to the open hand method preferred by Chinese arts, according to both Kyan Chotoku & Miyagi Chojun] although the head, feet, shins, elbows and knees were also favoured.

The Template-based Teachings of Koryu Uchinadi

#1. Uchi/Uke-waza:
Giving & receiving percussive impact/blunt force trauma [29 techniques]

#2. Tegumi, Kotekitai, Kakie, Ude-Tanren & Muchimi-di
Negotiating the clinch & its variables: [36 techniques]

#3. Kansetsu/Tuite-waza
Joint manipulation, cavity seizing & limb entanglement: [72 techniques]

#4. Shime-waza
Chokes/strangles-air/blood deprivation: [36 techniques]

#5. Nage-waza
Balance displacement: [55 techniques]

#6. Ne-waza
Submission-based ground fighting: [72 techniques]

#7. Gyaku-waza
Escapes & counters: [36 techniques]

I continue to oversee our worldwide movement largely because my elders taught me to appreciate the undeniable pedigree of our pioneers from which comes a deep and strongly rooted tradition that is principally about three key factors; evolution, functionality and preservation. Kata conditions the body, cultivates the mind & nurture the spirit.

Finally, I am always interested in pursuing a meaningful relationship with any/all likeminded people and happily leave my door open for you my friend to enter at your convenience.

In the spirit of friendship,”

Matt Bennett passed KJG Shodan test

Matt Bennett (1st Dan KJG)

Matt Bennett (1st Dan KJG)

It is with pleasure to share that Matt Bennett has passed his KJG shodan grading after 2 days of training and testing.

At KJG we truly grade over a continuous evaluation that last months not a few hours. In line with all karate jutsu traditions, once level of competency has been shown and achieved the new status is recognised, without further ceremony. A test doesn’t make you a black belt, training does. Each grading is unique and each student undertakes their own grading test, unique to their karate journeys, in order to demonstrate the required level of competency. This is a more comprehensive, tough and fair way to assess a student’s karate.

We look at the best way to assess standards and that is not by following a prescriptive approach.

Matt joined us a a black belt from his previous organisation, less than a year ago, where he trained for many years. Matt was very well schooled and showed very solid basics and understanding of karate when he first joined us. Throughout the year there has been a profound transition in his karate, and the way he has adapted to the karate-jutsu practised at SKA/KJG is remarkable.

Matt’s key strengths are a very solid and strong physic, a sound understanding of bio-mechanical principles to both, execute and coach peers; a creative mind to embrace change and fast learning agility.

On a personal note, Matt has been and still is extremely humble on his approach to karate. A gentle giant who has met the ‘hulk within‘ and is now allowing to take out for a ride every now and then.

Matt is an asset to SKA and the wider KJG organisation and I look forward to many years studying and training karate together.

Ossu!!!

The Awakeness

I’ve always had an affinity to the abstract and the intangible and my learning process has been by capturing concepts, whatever the subject in question, and putting it into practice for reinforcement, experience and functionality.

When teaching karate I often get questions as to how did I punch ‘that punch’. How much I moved back when I pivoted my leg back in ‘that drill’, how close I got towards uke when performing a specific technique, etc.

The student often focuses on the specifics and this blurs the vision of the abstract concept. It makes sense you start looking at the specifics first since we learn through our senses, what we see and feel in general. However, I always seek to bring another layer to the students’ learning process; an ‘awakeness‘ if I may, to bring clarity to the concept. The concept of the punch, the kick, tai sabaki, centre of gravity, bio-mechanics, breathing, timing, distance and so on…

To explain concepts I’ve always relied on metaphors and, interestingly, I’ve recently learned that this is the language the unconscious mind understand as well as understanding that all learning is unconscious! You might train consciously, read a book with focus and concious attention to what you are reading, actively listening and concious of doing so; but actual learning process inside your mind and cells is an unconscious process.

When you understand the abstract concept then you understand it for the infinite number of specific possibilities. Newton didn’t need to test the Law of Gravity on every single object in the world. He worked it out as a process of internalisation. Newton decipher the Law of Gravity from a conceptual abstraction by observing and analysing the specifics.

This intellectual understanding of the concept, combined with the tangible absorption of the feelings you get from karate refocuses your attention. You no longer seek for answers of how ‘that’ punch works, how close you must be to the opponent in ‘that’ drill, how and when to kick in ‘that’ occasion and so on…, for all these specifics are infinite and subject to external (and unpredictable) environmental conditions.

When Karate makes conceptual sense from within then it does for all its infinite possibilities you might encounter. When you learn to focus on the concept, something pretty special happens: you become your own teacher. Furthermore, when the concept is not clear or well understood, all the infinite specifics won’t sustain over time. .

This might be true in karate as much as with life itself.

The Martial Arts Including Boxing

A Taoist Priest

A Taoist Priest, by Bruce Lee

The martial arts are based upon understanding, hard work and a total comprehension of skills. Power training and the us of force are easy, but total comprehension of all of the skills of martial arts is very difficult to achieve.

To understand you must study all of natural movement in all living things. Naturally, you can understand the martial arts of others. You can study the timing and the weaknesses. Just knowing these two elements will give you the capacity to knock him down rather easily.

Tao of Jeet Kune Do

Bruce Lee

Karate Jutsu Gakkai

Karate Jutsu Gakkai

Karate Jutsu Gakkai

Karate Jutsu Gakkai translates as Academy of Karate Methodology.

SKA is an active karate academy affiliated to Tasaki’s Seiwakai organisation, chaired by Fujiwara Sensei and, outside Japan, by Shihan Leo Lipinski.

SKA prides itself to be an inquisitive and forward thinking academy. We explore karate holistically: we look back and outside the ‘karate box’ in order to work out our way forward.

This adjustment in the direction of our small, but very focused academy is not new, but the result of a long journey. A process of karate evolution and growth, guided by Shihan Ben Craft whose words define the path clear: “a true scholar studies his chosen subject from all and every angle”.

On reflection an important conclusion we have reached is that Goju is a concept way deeper than that of a style. “Ho wa Gōjū wa Donto su (Everything in the university is breathing hard and soft)” says the Bubishi, Miyagi’s source of inspiration when naming his naha-te style.

When you try to adapt the Art to a specif style, you begin to constrain yourself. The style should be ergonomic to the man, not the man to the style, for each karateka is unique. When it comes to expressing the Art, each and everyone of us will do so in our own way.

As Bruce Lee beautifully captured in his timeless ‘Tao of Jet Kune Do’: “Having totality means being capable of following “what is,” because “what is” is constantly moving and constantly changing. If one is anchored to a particular view, one will not be able to follow the swift movement of “what is.”

At SKA, we look at fundamentals of Fujian White Crane kung-fu, elements of Wing Chun and, lately, Wushu. We study the comprehensive research conducted by Hanshi McCarthy as we think that overlooking these heritages is an academic crime. Thus, we embrace and train Koryu Uchinadi.

We pride ourselves to be loyal to our roots in Seiwakai, but also to grow wings to study, learn, move and evolve. Just like every living species: not adapting means dying and it is, precisely, in constant change, relentless exploration; and inner and outer growth that we find our comfort zone.

We conduct an in-depth exploration of the Art, with focus on its functionality. Just like the Japanese sword, Karate-Jutsu is a terrible and efficient weapon combining a beauty of form with an elegance of function.

Fernando Mahamud Angulo

SKA 2016 is back

SKA is back on the 4th January 2016.
We train Mondays @ 8:15pm – 10pm and Thursdays @ 8:30pm – 10pm at Riverbourne Leisure Centre, Chertsey.
 
Surrey Karate Academy is affiliated to Seiwakai which is an association within the wider JKF Goju Kai association, in Japan. Seiwakai was founded by Tasaki Shihan, who was one of Yamaguchi Gogen’s most competent fighters. Seiwakai is now chaired by Fujiwara Shihan and outside Japan by Leo Lipinski Shihan.
 
We are also associated to the Karate Jutsu Gakkai, chaired by Ben Craft Shihan. Ben is a 6th dan goju-ryu karateka and also holds a black belt in Ju-jutsu. We explore and train karate in a holistically manner and whilst we aim to grow within the Seiwakai family, we are also expanding our wings. We have plans in 2016 to develop our karate in an eclectic manner. Watch this space!
 
Like most karate academy’s we follow a well structured syllabus and work on kata, kihon and kumite, however we focus in very functional drills and our sparring can be pretty hard, yet is learnt in a modular basis. Kata analysis and its application in kumite is fundamental to what we do. Classes are planned with the upper most attention to detail, from warm up to etiquette.
 
What really sets SKA apart of other karate academy’s or clubs is the fact that SKA is a non-for-profit academy, thus we are not tied to commercial decisions which are essential when karate is how you make your living. All funds are used to pay rent, insurance, memberships and further training.
 
I teach and train with a range of 5-7 extremely focused and committed students, two of which are a 1st and 2nd dan respectively. Our size allows me to deliver bespoke and personalised classes to every single student, including myself.
Try something new in 2016, come and train with us!!!

Relationships in martial arts.

“Relationships is underatanding. It is a process of self-revelation. Relationship is the mirror in which you discover yourself – to be is to be related.”

“Understanding comes about through feeling, from moment to moment in the mirror of relationship.”

“Understanding oneself happens through a process of relationships and not through isolation.”

“To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.”

Tao of Jeet Kune Do
Bruce Lee