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Student Reports

Kata Seminar 1

It is a pleasure and honor to share with all dojo members my experience of the first London Dojo Kata seminar. In a nutshell the Kata seminar was very informative, we spent two hours going through three Katas. The approach was very different to how we practice Kata in a normal training session. The information given by Sensei was immense and I felt that it was based on Sensei's many different experiences. Not only Kata experiences but also Kumite, Street Fighting, Kihon and many other experiences that Sensei had. I also realized the importance of Kata in Kyokushin.

Goju-Ryu Seminar

Since the first moment I saw Shihan Yamamoto in the dojo, my head was full of questions. Shihan Yamamoto is a very senior figure in the Gojuryu school of karate and yet he has guts to start from a white belt to learn Kyokushin karate under Sensei Tohyama. What made him leave his comfort zone? Why does he do that technique that way? What does he think of Kyokushin's theories and techniques? So I cannot express how thrilled I was to know that Shihan Yamamoto had kindly agreed to teach us about Gojuryu karate.

Sosai Oyama learnt karate at the Gojuryu school and the Shotokan school before

2011 European Open Championships


Padova - a historical city 30km west of Venice was this year's site for the European Championships. This tournament holds a significant meaning as the two top fighters from each category are automatically qualified for the World Tournament in Tokyo which will be held in November.

I was excited to be a part of this tournament as all fighters will be fighting to their capabilities in order to secure their places in the finals in Tokyo and expected good fights from each category.

Tohyama sensei and I left for the venue on a hot Saturday morning - the venue was only 5 minutes away by car

Outdoor Training 2011

The Adult's Class and Children's class, all gathered up at Baker Street Station 9:30am, on the 5th June. For some, it was their very first time to attend the Tohyama Dojo Outdoor Training. You could see that everybody was excited. Some seemed they could not keep still and wanted to head for Regents Park straight away. I was also looking forward to this day, where for once a year, the whole Dojo gets together in open space under the sky and concentrate on Karate for the whole day. The weather forecast for the day was not in our favor, but no one was concerned.

A Nice Stroll Around Paris

At the end of April, Tohyama-Sensei went to attend an international Kyokushin tournament in Paris (Bercy). This visit coincided with mine: I was interviewing for a future job in my hometown. Sensei informed me that he would be in town and we decided to catch up and enjoy being in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

I had the pleasure to welcome Sensei as he got off the train and after dropping his personal items at his hotel we started our little visit. We were lucky to have a very sunny and warm weather all through the day.