【New Zealand】 Report of JKA New Zealand training programme with Shihan Tatsuya Naka – March 2018
JKA New Zealand training programme with Shihan Tatsuya Naka
This time the JKA New Zealand training programme and itinerary for Shihan Naka was slightly different from what we organized in previous years.
It was a common consensus of all senior JKANZ members to take Shihan Naka to all our major training centers so every member could experience and avail of Shihan’s training methods instead of just a privilege few who could travel to Auckland.
What a week of training it turned out to be. The response was fantastic both in the North as well as the South Island of New Zealand. Shihan Naka traveled to Wellington, Christchurch, Timaru & Ashburton conducting Gasshuku’s and the final finale was in Auckland over the weekend.
JKA members not only trained kihon, kata and kumite but were professed in the smaller and deeper salient points so synonymous with JKA Karate. Points such as correct posture in Budo “Kiwotsuke”, breathing technique in “Rei”, contraction of “Chu-tanden” between inhalation and exhalation and many more.
To come to think about it, Shihan Naka’s training methods were so simple yet penetrating deep in to the minds of a thinking karateka to make karate more practical, effective and relaxing.
The salient points I mention earlier stressed the need to pay emphasis on posture / making strong stance / understanding breathing / cutting off the unnecessary movements to achieve speed and to attain “Zanshin”.
Applying these principals to our training methods help us convey “Ki” to the entire body and make our karate strong.
“Amazing” is the word that comes to mind, I’m sure most karatekas who have trained with Shihan Naka would agree with my sentiments.
Thanking Shihan Naka and all members of New Zealand JKA and other friendly Shotokan clubs to make this National Gasshuku event a great success.
For JKA New Zealand
Sensei Karl Naoroji