Spring Reno Complete

We’ve cleaned up the dojo for Spring giving our dojo sanctuary a fresh coat of paint, new mirrors, new washroom facilities and even a 2nd space to train in. Our new training schedule, to be published shortly, will indicate main dojo and second dojo. We hope to break up the children’s class into beginners and advanced classes and share between the two dojo.

The practice of karate is beneficial to children providing them with much needed skills. Children can gain confidence, they will become more disciplined, they will learn co-ordination, they get to exercise and they will have fun doing it.

Take advantage of Black Tiger Karate “Spring Special” available to new members only.  Inquire at the dojo with Dino sensei for special pricing. Phone: (416)749-6183

Make an appointment and visit the dojo – 2450 Finch Ave. W. Unit 4

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Children’s 5PM Class.

 

 

 

Training with Hotton Sensei

First Sunday Morning Keiko 

(Originally Posted on January 16, 2016 by Chouwa Karate – a nickname for Paul sensei)

Official Site of Rick Hotton sensei – Sunday Morning Keiko

http://www.sundaymorningkeiko.com/styled-9/index.html

I came to Sarasota, Florida not so much for sun, sand and fun, as I did for high level karate instruction from a fantastic instructor. A good thing too as it has been raining and cold since I arrived here. Cold for Floridians, not so bad for me as I’m use to far colder temperatures and rain is refreshing and cleansing. Snow is just white cold and I think I’m allergic to it. Everything is so green here, I figure it must rain all the time. I’ve been assured by higher powers this is not the case, we will see.

Arrived at Sarasota airport late New Years day meaning January 1st, around 8:30 PM after a short and relatively uneventful flight. The flight was slightly delayed due to maintenance issues, I wonder what that means. We went through some rough turbulence and the plane maintained its integrity. We landed smoothly to sporadic applause, smoother than taking off, as we seemed to be sliding all over the snowmelt runway.

I enjoyed the flight, it was short, taking only two and three quarters of an hour. My wife and I were met at the airport by our landlord who had graciously volunteered to pick us up and transport us back to our cottage. How great is that, I thought that was a European thing, it turns out it’s just a home sharing kind of goodwill gesture.

The cottage is magnificent, looking just like the photos on the Flipkey rental site where we searched for Sarasota deals. One of the so called “painted ladies” of the community. 

Taking the “Painted Ladies” name from seven stately and colourful Victorian hillside homes in San Francisco, a group of homeowners in the downtown Gillespie Park area of Sarasota are giving the neighbourhood of vintage cottages a signature look by painting their homes in vivid tropical colours.

These traffic-stopping “Painted Ladies” are generally grouped on Sixth and Seventh streets, but the trend is spreading. You see colourful houses from 10th Street to Fruitville Road and from Orange Avenue to North Washington Boulevard.

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A Painted Lady of Sarasota

 

I made contact with Hotton sensei and arranged to get to the dojo for the Sunday morning training. The groups  first training session of 2016, Sunday January 3rd. A small group of dedicated karate-ka were waiting at the back of the dojo when sensei & I showed up.

Sensei had picked me up at the cottage and drove  over to the dojo. Introductions were made to the group and we were ushered into the dojo. The dojo is a good size, it has windows at the front and a roll up garage door at the back. Huge industrial fans are placed strategically at both ends of the dojo, these are apparently  very noisy and may only be for emergency use on those 100 + degree days that occur regularly in the summer months.

It was a moderate 74F this morning, pleasant for training with the rollup door up. Sensei led the class through a light warm up and then got down to business with some traditional karate . I took some notes and below I present them for your interest.

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Hotton sensei in the centre of the group.

 

 

 

Moving into zenkutsu dachi keeping the front foot flat & in the correct position – thinking of pulling the body into the front foot & pushing out with the same foot.

Adding gyaku tsuki while moving forward, open the hip, close the hip not just turning on the spine but getting the feel of compression and expansion.

Partner up and same thing with jab and reverse punch as above.

Combination of jun tsuki, gyaku tsuki and mae geri.

Work on our mae geri (front kick) across the floor – smooth and fluid with softness, not tension. Combination of front kick and roundhouse kick.

Add another kick to the combo – front kick, roundhouse kick, back kick. For the back kick bring both feet together and kick out, kicking with the heel. Try to avoid falling off the line. Keep your centre line – don’t over rotate. These were the comments that Rick sensei would make through the course of our training time together.

Commenting such as – make it fluid, not static. For kumite purposes kick from the floor up rather than the traditional or basic bringing the knee up in front and mule kicking back. (There is more chance of having this blocked as it is telegraphed, the other way seems to be coming more from a blind angle.)

Partner work – back kick – both sides on all partner work – on target and control, adding speed and fluidity.

Age uke, hi – block practice from yoi, focus on the pulling hand – hikite, focus on the centre as you come up and utilize your body rather than just shoulder, keep elbows in, think compression, expansion.

Age tsuki, change the age uke to a punch – similar to Empi rising punch. Application to block your opponents punch with a modified high block that turns into a high punch. Practice to bring elbows in and compress to the centre and expand outward on the rising punch with proper alignment or path for the hikite – pulling hand.

Partner work on application – with partner more as a makiwara or punching bag. Partner holding arm in place as high punch to your head while you execute the hi block/punch in one motion. The block becomes a punch.

Soto uchi, outside block while stepping forward into zenkutsi dachi. Practice with your partner, uke holds arm out and torre steps in and strikes the arm with soto uchi, outside and inside.

Wrist grab where opponent applies pressure to keep you in place or to stop you from moving. Tori is in a fighting stance, make the connection with the uke by pulling him in by keeping elbow in to body and move your hip back to hamni, or half front facing position, push your hip back to shomen or forward while making a small circular motion. This is an Aki style of movement – by absorbing and desorbing or redirecting the energy of the opponent.

This should be and likely is a simple in and out type of movement but was a difficult concept to grasp and make effective. More practice required.

Fortunately I will have more wonderful opportunities to train with Hotton sensei. Looking forward to a seminar with sensei in Perry, Florida next weekend. Yea!

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Perry Florida Seminar

 

 

 

 

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Hotton sensei at his Perry Seminar, Group Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotton Sensei Canada Seminars

Hotton sensei has recently released a video of his teaching seminars at various karate clubs in Canada. Black Tiger Karate was pleased to host Hotton sensei on more than one occasion. For any karate-ka who were unable to attend the seminars this is a great opportunity for you to see first hand Hotton sensei in action. Please check out the trailer for the video here:

For a copy of the video you can check the links below.

Rick Hotton sensei teaching the principles and concepts that are an essential part of his karate practice. Hotton Sensei – The Canada Seminars – Principles and Concepts.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/smkcanadas…

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Self Defence Technique #3 – K.I.S Principle of Self Defence

The acronym for the K.I.S.Principle of self defence is Keep It Simple. The bottom line, you want your self defence techniques to be simple, quick and effective. So if you are going to look for martial arts training with self defence as your prime motivation make sure you enrol in a specific course on self defence.

If you take a traditional martial art program with this in mind you are going to be disappointed. The curriculum for most martial arts follows a set standard that starts from step one and progresses to advanced techniques. In a traditional martial arts system you will learn self defence techniques but that will not be the focus. You will perfect your martial arts self defence skills, possibly within a couple of years. More likely you will be considered quite efficient at self defence techniques if you remain very focused within five years of dedicated practice.

When your specific requirement is self defence make sure you join a club with a program that fits your requirements. The difference being, one will focus on the best methods of self defence… to continue reading about the K.I.S Principle – follow the link by clicking here.  K.I.S Principle of Self Defence

Hotton Sensei DVD Instructional Video

For those of you who missed Hotton sensei when he visited Canada for seminars this is your chance to view his awesome technique and learn from the master directly.

2016 Fall European seminars DVD

Covers in depth the lessons
presented in hotton sensei’s 2016 fall european seminar
tour. If you were not able to attend, this dvd presents
hotton sensei’s concepts in his clear and informative
teaching style.

Rick Hotton sensei DVD

Self Defence Techniques

 

Black Tiger Karate & Self Defence

Self Defence Technique No. 2 – Avoidance

Avoidance, when we talk about self defence is really all about common sense and some times we have to teach common sense. Our list of Ten “10” self defence items is not in order of importance. However avoidance is likely on most self defence courses, at the top or very near the top in order of importance.

When we speak about avoidance we are specifically talking about avoiding trouble. That old cliche comes to mind,  if you look for trouble you will find it. The inverse holds true, if you look to avoid trouble, you can generally keep away from it and in so doing stay safe.

Avoidance is not paranoia, it is awareness and the ability to avoid trouble before it occurs….  To continue reading please see our article Self Defence – Avoidance at the following link: Self Defence – Avoidance

Rick Hotton 2016 Fall Seminar

Black Tiger Karate & Self Defence, Dynamic Martial Arts & Chouwa Karate with the grateful sponsorship of “The Marguerite Yanuziello Memorial Scholarship” are pleased to present:

***Karate Seminar with Rick Hotton sensei – *** Saturday & Sunday, October 1st. & 2nd, 2016

Location: Black Tiger Karate Dojo – 2450 Finch Av. W. Unit 4. Toronto, Ontario

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The class size has been restricted to 30 Adults/Youth  and is open to Black through to Blue belt level, adult & youth students. The course is open to all traditional  karate affiliations.

Cost: $80.00 Advance Payment for full 2 Day Seminar, 2 – sessions (Saturday Oct. 1 and Sunday October 2, 2016.)

 

$80.00 Advance Payment for both Saturday & Sunday seminar. Payable online or at the Dojo.

(Note: Early Bird Special Pricing Ends August 31st.  or when maximum 30 tickets sold.)

Individual Session – Tickets: $45.00 either Saturday Oct. 1 or Sunday Oct. 2, 2016.

Spaces are limited : Get your tickets at Eventbrite.Ca

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/rick-hotton-seminar-toronto-on-canada-5th-dan-shotokan-tickets-26660559451

Session I,  Saturday Oct. 1 st. 11:00am – 3:00pm  Doors open 10:30 am

Session II, Sunday    Oct. 2nd. 11:00am – 3:00pm Doors open 10:30 am

Rick Hotton Sensei started training in 1970 at the West Wind Dojo in Florida. In 1976 he inherited the dojo and since then has remained its instructor. Originally a member of the USKA, Rick Sensei moved to Richard Kim’s group in 1989 and since that time has endeavoured to train and learn from as many instructors as possible. He is also a long time student of Matsugi Saotome, who is considered to be one of the best Aikido masters in the world today. For the past three years Rick Sensei has been the NSKF representative in North America under the guidance of Pemba Tamang Sensei, who was the first foreigner ever to do the JKA instructors’ course.

Sensei Hotton is a refined technician and an innovative instructor who has a rare mixture of pure form infused with deep-rooted creativity. He has successfully blended his extensive experience in both Karate and Aikido into a truly unique approach. While his technique and his power is clearly impressive, he couples it with sincere and humble teaching, communicating at a high-level in clear and thoughtful ways.

“My way is not the only way. I was always told by my own Sensei’ to go ‘steal’ a little bit that you like from everyone who you train with, so please treat this like a buffet and take what you like from it and discard that which you don’t.”  Rick Hotton 5th Dan Shotokan