The first session of day three was with Sensei Saele. Kizami Zuki, Gyaku Zuki, Gyaku Zuki! We looked at the key points of performing this combination effectively. This included leading with your fist to help protect yourself, keep your elbows close to your body to ensure your punch is direct and keeping a positive posture so you are committed to the technique. An exciting session but you must trust your partner!
Norway’s Squad Coach, Sensei Dos Santos, gave a high tempo session focusing on loading your back leg like a spring when counter attacking. The techniques consisted of Gyaku Zuki, Kizami Zuki, Mae Geri and Mawashi Geri. Keeping up the tempo, we finished with performing the Heian katas and Tekki Shodan. Another enjoyable session!
Shortly after training the England squad had a team kumite match with the Norway squad. Well done to Alistair Bevan, Lucy Harverson, Mohammed Salih, Rachel O’ Halloran and Aron Blair. Great performances from the team, showing great spirit, but unfortunately falling short to Norway three wins to two. Following the team fight were impressive kata displays from JKA England 10th Anniversary Cup winners Jana Sersnova of England and Richard Larsen of Norway performing Unsu and Nijushiho respectively.
We still have one more day of training but before I sign off and enjoy the farewell party I am proud to announce that I am Sensei Gary‘s first student to have achieved San Dan. Sensei Gary only informed me yesterday that Sensei Ohta and Sensei Larsen gave me the green light to grade. I wish to thank everyone of the JKA England touring party for their support, but most of all my biggest thank you is to Sensei Gary who has taught me for more than twenty years and still invests so much time in my karate!