2004, we in Canada plan to practise what we learned in
2003. Last October, we were visited by Sakamoto-Sensei,
accompanied by his students Sakai-Shihan and Mr.
Nishizaka, for a series of clinics in Ontario. The week
of training gave us enough to work on for a long time to
with Sakai-Sensei, Nishizaka-san and
North American instructors
The clinics were attended by Ryusei and Chito-Ryu
karateka from Ontario, Quebec, the United States, Prince
Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
10, 2003 clinic
Everyone was impressed by
Sakamoto-Sensei’s skill and knowledge and by how hard
he worked, demonstrating every technique and kata.
and Mr. Nishizaka also contributed a lot to the clinics.
While we learned many things, a few of
the main things that struck us as important were:
1. The need to investigate the internal (ki) aspects of
karate and to improve our breathing; 2. to make our
techniques more smooth, with soft power as well as hard;
3. to make our kata more personal, demonstrating our
understanding and personality; 4. to investigate the
history and meaning of the kata; 5. to practise Henshuho
more, making it more effective and expanding our
awareness of how it might be applied.
clinic at Grey-Bruce Ryusei Karate
clinic at Barrie Ryusei Karate
To help us remember what we learned at the
clinics, we shot a lot of videotape footage. Jean Lauzon
of Quebec is currently editing more than 16 hours of
footage, shot by different people, into a single video
practise what we learned, the Ryusei instructors plan to
work together and help one another. In Ontario, we used
to have five yudansha teaching three dojo:
Peter Giffen, Peter Zehr, Matt Mannerow, David Martin,
Derek Zehr and Adele Delong. Early in the new year,
we were joined by a new instructor, Kevin Fobert, and
his Belleville, Ont., dojo. As a group we
plan to run regular instructor clinics, where we
practise and improve our kihon, kata and bunkai.
with Ontario sensei
Figgs-Sensei from the United States
Sherbrooke, Quebec, there are three instructors teaching
three dojo: Jean Lauzon, Chantal
Lepage and Marc Fortin. Marc Fortin just joined Ryusei
Canada, leaving the Chito-Ryu organization. In his
Makoto Dojo, there is a number of students who should
be ready to test for shodan soon. Chantal
Lepage teaches Onna no Karate Dojo exclusively to women.
Chantal just received her shodan after being tested
with Chantal Lepage
Although Jean Lauzon and Chantal Lepage
work in close association, Jean has just created his own
dojo, Shizen to no yuko dojo.
Jean, Chantal and Marc plan to continue to train
together on a regular basis, to improve their technique
and give one another support.
Ryusei instructors: Marc Fortin, Chantal Lepage
To improve our country’s technique, we also
plan to arrange more visits from Japan—not just by
Sakamoto-Sensei but by the senior students he appoints
as well, such as Okashita-Shihan and Sakai-Shihan. Of
course, we are still a small organization and we need to
discuss among ourselves how often we can afford these
visits. Yearly would be ideal. But if not, at least
every two years would be what we aim for.
So, we expect to have a good year of training in
2004. We wish all our fellow Ryusei karateka in Japan
and the United States a Happy New Year. And we also want
to congratulate Sakamoto-Sensei for his promotion to 8th
dan and Kyoshi. The rank is well deserved and we are
proud to have him as our leader.