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Kata Seminar 6

When I received the invitation email about the 6th kata seminar, I hesitated. Still I have not mastered the last Katas - Tekki Sono1, 2 and 3. I was not sure if I should participate in this seminar or just stop and practice what I have learnt far.

It was not just I not wanting to miss anything but I have been taking part in these seminars since the 2nd one and I have thoroughly enjoyed them every single time so I decided to come.

People started to arrive around 10am for a 10:30 start time. and everyone seemed to start getting nervous.

Kata Seminar 5

The London Dojo held itís 5th Kata Seminar on Sunday 22nd April at the Euston 2 Dojo. This time we used Studio 1 which worked really well as we had plenty of space to practice the Katas. The atmosphere was brilliant, I reckon there were more than 35 students all who turned up with an amazing attitude.

By 10:30 everyone was warming up, stretching and ready to go. The Katas for the day were Tekki Sono 2 and Yantsu but Sensei Tohyama changed his mind in the middle of the Seminar which I was quite happy about.

We started with Tekki Sono 2 and did the Kata couple of times before Sensei started

Internal Kata Tournament 6

Students practicing their Kata lines up with Sensei Tohyama's call. On 5th of March 2012, 6th internal Kata tournament finally began. After a few words from Sensei, preliminary round for White belt began. Their Kata which they were going to perform was Taikyoku sono 1.

We could easily see how nervous they were as for most of them it was the first time that they were performing in a tournament. For preliminary round, it was performed in group of roughly 5-6 people and 10th Kyu performed Sokugi Takikyoku Sono 3. This Kata requires you to kick while moving during the Kata.

Next was 9th Kyu.

Kata Seminar 4

It was just after 10:30 a.m. when Sensei Tohyama commenced the session, the hall now filled with thirty expected participants. After a short warm-up, we started practising the first kata: Pinan Sono Ni. As usual, we did it with counts first and then without any (mogore). Sensei's detailed explanation of each movement's purpose and correct method of execution reminded me of myself nearly fourteen years ago, when, as a seven-year old, I still had an orange belt and was just starting to learn Pinan Sono Ichi.

Family and Friends 2012

In spite of a grey, cold and rainy weather, over 80 people gathered to attend this year’s Dojo training with family and friends. The large hall of the Finchley Dojo appeared pretty small with so many people in there. As the class started, the atmosphere was possibly more relaxed than during a normal training. However, people were clearly focussing and trying to listen and follow the instructions that were provided by Tohyama Sensei with the assistance of Ichi-san, together with the help of some adult students in the room, such as Yamamoto-san.

The warm-up part resembled what we usually do on