Philosophy of Kancho T. Okuyama
In one of the children’s classes, Kancho T. Okuyama was teaching his philosophy of how to end a Kata.
He had a few students show how they finished their Kata. When the students did their last move, he told them not to rush to standing but to stay in the final movement. Once the student stays in the final movement or what Kancho T. Okuyama says, “Stop!” he tells the students to look. Look at your imaginary opponent then stand up. He says that even when they are in standing position after their Kata, he points to where their position was in the final movement of the kata and says, their spirit is still in the final position there. He states that the students are there and they are here.
It is telling their opponent, that they are ready anytime. Their body and spirit is in that moment, and continues in that moment even though they left that physical place. It is why, say for example, when Kancho T. Okuyama visits another country, his spirit, his being is still in the other country, even though he is physically back in Canada.
In essence, this is our connection to each other and places, to being present, to doing everything we can with our inner most being and although we leave that place and say good-bye to people, our effort shows in our spirit there. That is how we can use this to affect people, everyone we meet, every place we go,… positively.
*NEW Class* &
cancellation of another...
*NEW* class at Japan Martial Arts Centre!!
Wednesday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Starting Wednesday January 11, 2017
Taught by: Hanshi Mark Hukezalie
The class will be structured around Ippon, Nihon and Sanbon exercises developed by Kancho T. Okuyama.
These exercises will allow us to make practical use of our basic techniques as applied through the Hein Katas. They are exercises every student can benefit from. Once mastered, these exercises can be used in many different ways, providing a lot of fun and great training possibilities. There will be a focus on proper Karate technique and physical movement.
GOAL: make the maximum power without overly exerting of oneself as we focus on breathing, and movement of the hips, foot, arms and hands. Utilizing all of the above techniques through practical exercises.
Monday at 7:00 – 8:30pm : (extended time) a similar class is taught with Shihan Charles Fajenbaum, however this class is more traditional yet covers some of the same fundamentals as the *new* Wednesday class.
Thursday 12:00 noon: Please also join Hanshi Hukezalie for this lunch/afternoon training time! Osu!
Thursday EVENING 7:00 -8:00pm has been cancelled!
Come in for a FREE trial class and have your child prepared for the school year.
Here are some fantastic photos from this year's Kagami Biraki (New Year Celebration)
Kancho T. Okuyama in the middle.
Captain Hamid Nam and Sensei Robert Naud of Ottawa Shotokan Club.
The philosophy behind Okuyama Karate