October 2022 Seminars – karate and kobudo

Asato Dojo is very pleased to host two seminars by the extremely skilful and well respected Shorinryu karate and Yamaneryu kobudo instructor Nakayama Takafumi sensei, of the Fukuoka Shidokan dojo.

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On October 29th and 31st Nakayama sensei will be teaching open seminars (no restrictions based on your karate/kobudo style) at Asato Dojo, which will also be accessible via Zoom online.

Please Send ticket reservation requests to james@asatodojo.okinawa  or call 080-3908-1712

Title: Suidi Karate Seminar 

10/29 2pm-4pm JST @ Asato Dojo in Naha, Okinawa

Instructor: Nakayama Takafumi sensei, Fukuoka Shidokan

Description: Karate has evolved to include many different styles. In general, many styles emphasize strengthening the practitioner’s body and mind. These are important principles. During this seminar, I will introduce a different focus within martial arts. Particularly the importance of absorbing blows, optimal redirection using only necessary movement, and relaxing at the right time to generate natural power. I believe that relaxation of the body is necessary to generate extreme momentous power, and it is only through the relaxation that we can generate optimal force. This is the key principle of Suidi Karate; through body kinematics and correct joint movement an individual can overpower a much larger opponent. Therefore, this seminar will suit all individuals looking to optimize their body movements for powerful striking, from beginners to professionals. 

Content: In this seminar you will learn how to improve your blocking by absorption and minimal redirection, utilize your natural body movements to generate power, and refine the natural flow between defence and attack for simultaneous striking and defense. 

Objective: The aim of this seminar is to offer an alternative view of self-defense and martial arts using methods of redirection and softer blocking styles. I wish to connect with all karate practitioners and share our general enthusiasm for Karate. All Karate styles are welcome because I think it is important to challenge your way of thinking as well as learn new things. 

Cost: ¥5000 (¥4000 each for dual participation) 

Conditions: Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome. 

Online Seminar: I will be live-streaming both seminars on 10/29 and 10/31. Since these seminars will be prioritizing in person teaching, I will be taking questions via email and Facebook Messenger. Feel free to message me anytime after the seminar and I will get back to you as soon as possible! 

Cost: ¥2000 (¥1500 for dual participation)

Please Send ticket reservation requests to james@asatodojo.okinawa  or call 080-3908-1712

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Title: Yamani Kobudo Seminar 

10/31 7pm-9pm JST @ Asato Dojo in Naha, Okinawa

Instructor: Nakayama Takafumi sensei, Fukuoka Shidokan

Description: Many styles of Kobudo are practiced around the world, each with their own set of approaches. In this seminar, I will introduce Yamani-Ryu Kobudo, a style that emphasizes natural movement and shares many similarities with Suidi Karate. The key element of Yamani-Ryu is that movements are optimized by being kept compact. Similar to Karate, one only needs to move when necessary. Our style emphasizes the similarity between fighting with open hands (Karate) and fighting with weapons (Kobudo). Drawing parallels between movements. 

Content: The seminar will focus on basic movements which will get you acquainted with the weaponry and show you how to naturally manipulate the weapon. We will then cover everything from fundamental striking techniques to ways you can improve your flow of kata while keeping it true to the movement required for self-defense. 

Objective: My aim for this seminar is to introduce you to Yamani-Ryu Kobudo which aims at developing optimal self-defense practices while remaining true to the natural movement of the body. And, more importantly, to connect with people interested in this exciting art and build new relationships with those that attend. All Kobudo styles are welcome as Yamani-Ryu can be seen as a synthesis of many fundamental ideas taught in other styles, and it is important to appreciate the similarities and differences between styles. I look forward to the engagement and training! 

Cost: ¥5000 (¥4000 each for dual participation) 

Conditions: Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome. Notice: You are welcome to BYOB (bring your own bo) but we will also have bo’s available for rental as we understand it is hard to bring a 6ft stick overseas. 

Along with that, I will be teaching this seminar strictly in English. This is mainly because I think my explanations will become slightly chaotic if I keep switching back and forth from Japanese to English. 

Online Seminar: I will be live-streaming both seminars on 10/29 and 10/31. Since these seminars will be prioritizing in person teaching, I will be taking questions via email and Facebook Messenger. Feel free to message me anytime after the seminar and I will get back to you as soon as possible! 

Cost: ¥2000 (¥1500 for dual participation)

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After Party: After each seminar (both the Suidi and Kobudo on the 29th and 31st) I would like to host a small party at the Okinawan beast himself, Mr. Mineo’s restaurant MARUGENTEI. The participation fee will be ¥3000 for 3 hours of unlimited food and drinks. I think this will be a fun way to further connect with one another and make new friends. Hope to see you there!
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/HE56mJtES8Uoz4RF8   (MARUGENTEI 丸元亭)

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