"Extended Traini.. what??" Ok, go read up about it here if you haven't got a clue!
For the well-informed, let's get going!
It is important for sabaki artists to recognize the amount of space between himself and the opponent(s) because it determines the kind of technique that can be used, henceforth affecting the tactic required for self-defence. While there are various ranges of distances that the sabaki artist must be able to recognize, this session focused on the basic set- Middle Distance, Short Distance and Long Distance.
James sensei led the session alongside other instructors by guiding the participants through drills, involving both solo and partner-based routines. The drills payed special attention to the initial response upon receiving an attack and the combinations required to put the opponent under control.
We were also excited and very much honored to formally introduce two new additions to our Board of Advisors- Shi Zhen Guang shihan and Jeffrey Tin sensei!
A man who needs no introduction within the local karate community, Shi shihan is the founder of Ashihara Kaikan in Singapore and is hence the first branch chief or shibucho of NIKO in the country. The past 40 years of his life that was dedicated to karate have earned him diverse experiences, both as a martial artist and a coach. Shi shihan still holds his standing as the highest ranking Ashihara Karate practioner in this region, with his title of shihan conferred to him by the founder of the Ashihara system himself. Shi shihan is also among the few in Singapore who was awarded the Master Coach license by the Singapore Sports Council (now Sports Singapore).
Tin sensei on the other hand is no stranger to the local sabaki community, both past and present. Noted as being among the pioneering students of Ashihara Karate in Singapore, Tin sensei have always been highly regarded for his exceptional form and his finesse in sabaki. Having seen him in the dojo for the past few occasions, it is obvious that age is not catching up to him!
Alongside our talented Advisors and instructors, we're set to make Ashihara Karate as comprehensive and profound an experience as it can be! While striving to be the best representative for NIKO we can, we're ever EXCITED to bring practical karate for all of YOU to enjoy!
Enjoy the video highlights below and stay tuned for PART 2!