Two weeks ago I travelled to Bellevue Washington with my Sensei’s and three other students to attend my first ever Shotokan Karate seminar, which was taught by Sensei Kyle Funakoshi and Shihan Funakoshi.
On Friday night we went as a group and watched a Shodan and
Nidan grading, and on Saturday morning I went to the Dojo early to watch the
advanced class Seminar. Although I wasn’t participating, I find that as much as
I love being on the floor practicing, I also enjoy sitting on the sidelines to
observe; watching other students and paying attention to what the Sensei is teaching, improves my own technique by reminding myself
what I should or should not be doing.
Highlight of the day: I was told by Shihan Funakoshi that my
sidekicks are ‘Good, good, good’, there simply is no higher compliment than
that in Shotokan Karate.