Tag : kata

Hanshi Course & Cup Feedback

Many, maaaaany thanks to ALL 80 odd students who came to the Hanshi course (and later Hanshi Cup) in Horsham today. I hope you all took plenty away from the 6 training segments (which seemed to become shorter each time due to constant overrunning ūüėČ ).

For those of you who were able to eat the cake provided, I hope it was worth it – I’m not at all jealous!

I’d also like to add I’m really proud of the students from Zanshin and Horsham dojo who competed in the kata competition. Being an open division you were up against odds far above your usual grades, and you put tremendous effort into your practice and performance. I’ve had some great comments about you so believe me when I say – you have made me very proud!

I was really lucky and proud to walk away with a 3rd place bronze medal, and would like to congratulate Colin Holmes of East-West Wado (Newcastle) for his 1st place win!

See attached a few photos I had on my phone. Hopefully many more to follow!

Sensei Oren

PS – keep an eye on Wado News for more photos and articles

I can’t seem to stop this photo uploading upside down – so go practice your headstands!

Categories: Courses, Events, tournaments

The Many Ways of Practicing Kata

During the last training session we covered kata Pinan Nidan in detail, trying to find ways to best remember and memorise the techniques and stances.

mittsuji kata

Sensei Ian Clarke 4th Dan, of Kimesanchin, practicing a Temple kata

I briefly discussed with some of the students about the many different ways that kata can be practiced to better understand it and learn it.


This is an article by a great Karate blogger, Jesse Enkamp, and I thoroughly recommend you read not only through this article, but through many of his other pieces.

The article above covers some of the variations I discussed in how to learn the kata. Mirroring it, practicing it in reverse, breaking it into pieces, top-half and bottom-half practice only etc.
Perhaps the most interesting way to practice, one that I have used since I first started training, is visualisation. Now, I’m a little biased, as I know that I am very lucky in my ability to memorise kata in the first place (and therefore being affectionately called a “kata absorbing sponge”), however I truly believe that you have to think about every element of a kata in order for your body to be able to then connect with it and replicate it. I’m going to try and look into the science of this.

In the meanwhile, keep reading, keep training, and when in doubt, ask. I’m always here to help.


Sensei Oren

Categories: How To..., Updates

Kimesanchin Kata Tournament 15/10/2016

I would like to thank Sensei Ian of Kimesanchin for inviting Zanshin over to compete at their local club kata tournament.

With myself and 4 students competing, we managed to walk away with two medals! Congratualtions to Peter Downes 7th Kyu for his 3rd place win, and I was lucky enough (by, I think, 0.1 of a point) to win gold in my category.

The rest are determined to come back next year and win something for the club. It’ll take plenty of hard work and training, but I am certain they will be able to do so ^_^





Sensei Oren

Categories: tournaments, Updates

Kimesanchin Kata & Kumite Tournament 24/06/2016

Sensei Oren, Mark and Daniel Brightey

Sensei Oren, Mark and Daniel Brightey

So I’m a week late posting this, but I wanted to run this update with photos to go along with it.

I was invited to participate in KimeSanchin’s yearly kata & kumite tournament. The last time I was at a karate tournament was in 2010, so this was quite the gap to get back into a competition.

The tournament, which started at 11am and lasted until 5pm, had kata, team kata, and kumite categories split between¬†juniors and seniors (and a “tag” kumite for the ‘peewee’ categories).

Two of Zanshin’s students, father and son, Mark and Daniel Brightey (2nd and 5th kyu respectively) joined me for the kumite categories.

Daniel Brightey awarded 3rd place

Daniel Brightey awarded 3rd place

I am happy to announce that Daniel Brightey walked away with 3rd place bronze for his category – after being placed in a higher category¬†(he’s 14 and a 5th Kyu, and was pitted against other U16s and yudansha). It was tough but I’m sure he’ll agree well worth the training.

Unfortunately Mark and I were not as lucky in our category. We were in the over-18s, 3rd kyu and above category. Next year though, we will do better!

Sensei Oren performing Pinan Godan

Finally, I entered the kata category at a last-minute push from Kimesanchin’s instructor Ian. While I got through to the 3rd place deciding match, I blanked in my performance of Wanshu,
which lost me the medal.



Daniel Brightey sparring

Daniel Brightey sparring

Sensei Oren mid-sparring

Sensei Oren mid-sparring

Sensei Oren mid-sparring

Sensei Oren mid-sparring

Categories: Instructors, Updates