The Art of War

According to an old story, a lord of ancient China once asked his physician, a member of a family of healers, which of them was the most skilled in the art.

The physician, whose reputation was such that his name became synonymous with medical science in China, replied, “My eldest brother sees the spirit of sickness and removes it before it takes shape, so his name does not get out of the house.”

My elder brother cures sickness when it is still extremely minute, so his name does not get out of the neighborhood.”

As for me, I puncture veins, prescribe potions, and massage skin, so from time to time my name gets out and is heard among the lords.”

Training with Rastilav Mrav

Title: Training with Rastilav Mrav
Location: Bishop Douglass School Hamilton Road, London N2 0SQ
Description: We are pleased to confirm that we have booked Rastislav Mraz Shihan for the weekend of the 31st March and 1st April to run a sport kumite weekend.


Sunday April 1st will be held at:

Bishop Douglas School
Hamilton Road
East Finchley
N2 0SQ

10am till 1pm morning session
1pm till 3pm lunch
3pm till 5pm afternoon session

Only £40 for the whole day’s training.

I don’t need to tell you how important training like this is for the future of our group’s sport karate; especially with a coach who has a proven track record of tournament success.

Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2012-03-31
End Time: 17:00


There is no end to practice of Kata. Eventhough a person has a high Dan, the act is never perfect. Practice is unlimited because Kata is for self improvement, mentally and physically. Yet, Kata has to be improved in different ways during each step as a beginner. When you have Kyu or Dan although you are performing the same Kata it will be different. Knowing different Kata does not mean you have a high Dan. In some foreign countries, they evaluate students by the number of Kata they know. It’s not how many Kata you know, but the substance of Kata you have acquired.

Gogen “The Cat” Yamaguchi

Sunday 8th Training

Very good and intense karate session witih Brad Candy this afternoon. 2h working kihon: kekomi mae geri chudan (front and back legs) studying distance and how to anticipate to an attacker by taking an offensive approach almost at the same time as the attacker attempts to strike.

Mae tsuki and yako suki paying attention to hip rotation (opening and closing the hip), shime, tsukite hikite. Full po…wer in every strike.

Transation exercises when moving from one stand to another keeping centre of gravity low and not raising head up & down, especially in shiko dachi.

Loads of neko-ashi dachi, shuto uke, uraken uchi and yako tsuki. Pad work, free weights and sets of 50 uninterrupted punches to the bag at full speed/power.

Geikisai Ichi and Ni, when exhausted, to finish off the session!

Teaching karate-do is nothing but pointing the student the doors to be opened. Only him or her can actually walk the path…

Well done, Brad!

Seiwakai 2012 Seminars with Leo Lipinski

2012 Sunday seminars at Bishop Douglas School, London.

Cost for 15 and above is £20, and 14 and below £15.

05-Feb Dance Studio 10 to 13
11-Mar Dance Studio 10 to 13
29-Apr Dance Studio 10 to 13
03-Jun Dance Studio 10 to 13
16-Sep Dance Studio 10 to 13
12-Oct Dance Studio 18 to 21
13-Oct Dance Studio and Sports Hall 10 to 17
14-Oct Dance Studio and Sports Hall 10 to 17
11-Nov Dance Studio 10 to 13

Europe Gojukai Seminar in October (12.13,14). More details in future.

In addition in February (24,25,26) there will be a Seiwakai Seminar in Russia with Fujiwara Sensei and I and in May (18,19,20) there will be a Seiwakai Seminar with Fujiwara Sensei in Portugal. Various European Instructors assisting.

At the end of October will be the next TKF Open Invitational tournament.

Japan 2012 has also been finalised as follows:

Omagari (Seiwakai) Seminar
5,6,7 July Training
8 July Rest day
9.10.11 Training
Cost of Seminar Yen 30,000
Gojukai Seminar and testing (near Tokyo) 13,14 July
Tournament 15,16 July Please note 16 July is a Monday


TKF Nationals 30th October 2011

Well over 10 years later, I’ve decided to enter in a kumite competition again. Sports karate is all about the speed and timing, together with a sharp and polish technique and fighting against 17-28 year old is a very difficult challenge.

I’m not sure of the reasons why I’ve decided to enter again in a kumite competition. One of the reasons is to push myself further, test myself and make me train harder with a focused objective in mind.

Another reason is to enjoy the rush of adrenaline you get with kumite. See whether you still “have it” in you. I’m realistic of my possibilities, but one thing is for sure: I don’t compete to lose.