Kyoshi's Technique of the Week

April 13th, 2014

From Sensei Kurt Tezel
Shihan Ueshiro Merritt Island Karate Dojo
Under the Direction of Hanshi Robert Scaglione

Incorporating Japanese Terminology into our Class.

Onegai Shimasu Hanshi, Kyoshi, Sensei and all Deshi,

During a recent advanced class Hanshi emphasized the importance of incorporating Japanese terminology into our class.

It is a given that every class should resononate with "ARIGATO SENSEI (or Hanshi, Kyoshi or Sempai - whatever the case may be). The title must not only be included, but emphasized.

The count should be said in a loud, clear voice and inspire the group to move with energy and authority. The count during the kata must have a certain cadence that matches the moves of the kata. We should stick to Ich, Ni, Ich, Ni.

When performing the across-the-deck exercises, it is important to try and use the Japanese terminology. As a karateka becomes more proficient in their techniques, this proficiency should carry into the knowledge of the language. Whle it may be unrealistic to learn the entire Japanese language, which is exceedingly complex, learning the proper names of the moves is a realistic goal. It is extremely important not to rush the instruction. Each word must be clearly enunciated and spoken properly. There should be a pause between each word. For example, when giving the command for natural walking stance, left foot, left hand, high block, speak slowly and concisely: "Shizentai-dachi.....hidari ashi.....hidari te.....jodan uke"...., then give the count. The command to turn shoud also be spoken very deliberately. The deshi should all have a moment to collect themselves when they hear "Mawate" and then move with power and purpose after hearing "Ich".

When teaching beginners emphasize English and Japanese alike. Those testing for one or two green tips are not required to have memorized the Japanese terminology and it is perfectly acceptable to use English. Please focus on this week's technique of the week during class this week.

Domo Arigato Gozaishimasu,

Denshi/Sensei Kurt Tezel
Shihan Ueshiro Merritt Island Karate Dojo
Under the Direction of Hanshi Robert Scaglione