Karate Interview with Andre Bertel – personal student of Tetsuhiko Asai (10.Dan)

my cart they has based on the traditional Japanese keyboard which is not based on ethics rather based on the application of techniques or actual martial arts here in Europe and Germany and other countries often the cloud days focused on competitions and this is it’s okay when you’re young and the University student but it is only a small portion of what karate is and I think people talk about traditional karate a lot but in actuality what they do in the dojo physically what they do in the dojo is is often not traditional karate it’s still sports car well one thing that people can do is they can concentrate on developing techniques which will work in actuality no not wasting time on things like elaborate combinations or movements which are superfluous just for physics but rather focus on things which are functional and this is a keyword traditional cut out their real holiday is itchy dick he sucks means one shot okay I’m not saying I should train for the assessments of people but your character has to be reliable okay reliable so some real detective really attention do you have confidence in your garden my first experience with acai sensei was in 1993 so not so long further 90s I regulated training web sites in say I did courses in I did private trainings with him and he gave me some assignments things I did but often I would just be there for short periods of time in Japan and then as I got a bit older over the last few years I got a lot more personal training for my sites and say that one on one like I would do the seminars in a system and also I did lots of morning trainings with him which was very very very challenging and enjoyable cut out these for yourself and a sigh since a practice every day without fail and so for me I practice for myself and I try to follow a sizing sized example and he said to me practice every day so I follow this way of card there and it doesn’t matter how I feel if I feel good or I’m happy from doing karate or I don’t I just practice regardless and that means that my emotions don’t control my karate training it’s it’s just a way of life so what part of my life I should say moving a way of life it’s a it’s like brushing your teeth or eating there are people have had much more experience training without sight since ed and I have and so for me to claim to be licensed as number one student or something like that because is it correct every morning I say since they started his training with kkeok in which is a kata he designed with mrs. a saya and it’s a breathing cutter and it’s lot and he would do a lot of squats exercises for his legs and then he would do some other calisthenics such as some sit-ups and some basic exercises but not so much strength exercises exercises which incorporated flexibility you’ve spent a lot of time stretching the most of the stretches which I couldn’t do and then then often keep on but his more unusual keep on June on psychical and keep all your ideas on which are softness exercises as such and then after that we would do cutter and and he would usually do a cutter by himself and I would try and Mariah shadow them and then following that we’ll do some creamy day techniques such as quite realistic stuff directly spawn the cutter so it wasn’t like Jukka me day but Jukka me day but more self-defense orientated so we do things like how applying the carpet principles real all your community and that was my first experience of oil community actually was from a science ed so we would or he would have any taken in certain ways or randomly attack and he would apply it to instrument cutter and that’s how I started learning about those more elaborate applications Sat Maya one of the reasons he taught in their way in those morning sessions was because it was Manny for himself it wasn’t for so much for me or for the other guys who train with honey it was for his own practice and he was really studying karate as a martial art so he was practicing if somebody really attacks in life and death finish off the techniques so yeah he taught that stuff but he also taught there’s no secrets in karate we can talk a lot about his hidden techniques maybe I don’t claim to learn any hidden techniques but I do claim to double repetitions of things which are very dangerous so it’s not like here’s some special movements that he was only teaching to do myself or others who’ve done such a guy go with him but he was practicing a lot of things which are very very effective in actual things I never learned one tournament evening from a site since oh I never learned anything how to score points he wasn’t interested in it and he would go to the All Japan tournament and watch but he said to me constantly it’s for children got out to tournaments for children or for adults you want to have a little challenge but that’s it so you go and watch and enjoy it but from a very very critical viewpoint one thing I want to emphasize in this interview is that people who try to copy our say since I moved not following a sciences karate what made us Isis has cut out a unique was that you didn’t copy anyone so if you copy a size and seeds movement then you’re not actually following a science s karate the key is to follow your own cart a and learn from the principles which si since I taught Assizes his body was extremely flexible extremely soft it was like rubber his whole body so in order to do his movement the way he did it you would have to have the same level of flexibility and the same physical attributes as sm and that’s impossible unless you you know you’re extremely flexible you have all those same things no one’s going to be another site it’s that eco-center it’s impossible the key will we can learn from our sites in Cisco out there is keeping the body soft and using snap but beyond those points we have to look at the short vocal system and the fundamentals which are underneath that and that is pushing your code in which is hip rotation and time machine sugar punishing sugar is a like the stretching and contraction of the body the contraction and expansion of the body so essentially pushing cotton is a hip rotation or horizontal power and time machine screw is like vertical compression vertical power so if you think about the human body the two most major actions you can make us to turn or to compress or to lower your weight so these two energies together combined create optimal power and if you add those two things to using softness of the body then you have a site since its cart a snapping technique left now sleep just about my favorite cutter is dependent on what I’m working on for me kata is not for performance I don’t do cutter ki on to look nice I do it to perfect my movement but that perfection is always related to using cutter pay for actual combat I never think oh I like this cover I’ll do this or this one’s nice I think what am I going to do with my cutter training to do eradicate weaknesses in my skills or to develop a certain technique or or principle for example MV is an excellent cutter for refining ones time machine you can compress the body and expand fully it’s extremely versatile cutter for this purpose example searching is a very good cutter for keeping the leg set and then using the waste effectively so you’re using a lot of driving force so you’re developing another form of power so all of the cutter have different reasons or meanings behind them and of course we can also go into the or JIT su or applications which are also critical if we want to study karate in its most effective form my dreaming cut out they as far as training is concerned is just I would love to be able old man you still doing car there I would really really like that and I also like to do clutter with good people and enjoy training go to the best instructor you can find don’t go for social club enjoy the social side things but see high-class karate or yourself otherwise your your wasting of time and even if you don’t think you’re wasting your time you’re not maximizing your time and that’s a key point I think maximize yourself whatever you do whether it’s cut out there you play the guitar or whatever maximize yourself because you know you’ve got one life and if you’re going to do something do it well you

57 thoughts on “Karate Interview with Andre Bertel – personal student of Tetsuhiko Asai (10.Dan)

  1. Thanks for all the messages & for the mention about the chart forum `having a go' at me (via this interview). The reality is that I talk with my karate.When teaching full time at the NZ Honbu dojo I used to engage in karate forums during my rest periods (between teaching & training). It was a learning curve as I realised 99% of the people in karate forums lack the physcial side of karate & have false confidence. Funnily, the people in this forum (YEARS LATER) include many of the same dreamers.

  2. Thanks again Oliver for the interview. It was an honor to do it. Hope all is well for you and Yan in Ahrensburg. Please pass on my best regards to your family, and Stefan also.

    Next week I am flying all the way across Australia (about 8 hours!!!) to teach courses in Perth.

    Osu, Andre

  3. Hallo! Besteht die Möglichkeit für ein nicht Asai-Ha Mitglied bei einem Seminar mitzumachen. Mache schon relativ lange Karate, würde mich sehr über die Gelegenheit freuen. Danke BG

  4. Please check out Andre's blog. There you will find plenty of information including contact details (look for seminar posters). Osu, Oliver

  5. You are fantastic flexibil Master! Finally I see what I like very much.
    I do the Wado Karate and not everyone can or able to do for this relaxation what you showed.

  6. Andre, you are a breath of fresh air and a wise Karate-ka for your age. You are unique and a credit to the world of Shotokan.

    Sensei Joe Moffitt

  7. 這是美好的,看看你在你的元素我的朋友。我期待著再次見到你們,我們的時間表允許的話。



  8. This is a beautiful video. In my opinion sensei Bertel is one of the finest sensei in the world. This interview is gorgeous, because it teaches a lot about Karate and how do you live your life properly.
    Thank you for uploading!

  9. Q1: any comment of karate in comparison to MMA, karate rarely goes to ground and the attack is usually straight line , boxing for example has evasions, slips and angles I did not see that in karate?
    Q2: I see many people doing fist and knuckle conditioning..would you recommend it and why ?

  10. I lived in Japan for ten years and trained full time. undertook a instructors course under Kanazawa Hirokazu Soke, I am currently a Japan graded 8th Dan. Asai Shihan taught many students over his long career. No Japanese Shotokan Master had " personal students " but taught many students in Japan and overseas. I could very easily say that during my ten years in Japan I was a personal student of Abe Keigo Shihan and Kanazawa Hirokazu Soke, yes to the uneducated in Japanese Karate culture they would believe this but it is far from true. " The greatest test in Karate do is to conquer the enemy within not the one standing in front of you ". In Karate Do there is no room for Ego and self praise but humility and respect.

  11. Videos such as these and the Rick Hotton ones are a godsend to karateka such as myself. I live in a remote area in the North of Scotland and so do not have regular access to high level tuition. I travel to train as often as possible with Sensei Kawasoe, and am honoured to have been awarded godan in 2015. I will continue to do so but will also reference these videos and study the content so that I can incorporate into my own classes to supplement my own teaching. I do of course realise that there is no substitute for first hand tuition, but I believe that having an open mind is at least a start, and this has got me thinking anew about the application of kihon. Hopefully I`ll be able to travel more now that I have retired from full time employment to train with sesei and also with my good friends in the South. I would be interested to hear from others in a similar location to myself and how they address this. Thank you for this Andre. Osu!

  12. Well , no wonder he is good , because he had the chance to train with that great Master …
    Don't be too proud of yourself young man .

  13. How many years he training with the japanese sensei this is the original karate from Okinawa how contact with sensei andee bertel?

  14. Worth also having a look at Vince Morris and Kissaki Kai, France, Belgium, UK and Ireland. Then Julian Mead and Yuishinkai – Ryu Kyu Kobujutsu. Watch the distances and arm positions.

  15.    Hi my name is Giuseppe,  I  am writing from Italy I used study karate shotokan   I am making a   research   and  I have got some question for you,  The fact is it seem who there is not connection beetween Kion-kata and Jiyu Kumite  my questions are:

    On karate there are more o less 10 stance but only zenkutsu is used  on Ju kumite 
    – How can you apply, the karate stance on ju kumite, take for example Kokutsu dachi, how apply it on ju kumite?
    and Sanchin- hangetsu… kiba dachiecc.ecc. What s the sense of going to forward on Kokutsu dachi and to the back on zenkutsu, like you do on kata and kion?

    How can you apply age uke, soto uke, gedan badai ecc on Ju kumite?  For example what s the applications of loading, when in age  uke cross the Arms on front our face, o on shuto uke bring the hand near the ear


    Many explain it with principle of action and reaction, on many dojo is said who the punche loading on the hip, give power to the techniques as there scientific evidence about it?,if the hand are on the hip, my guard is opened to the opponent attacks, and Hovewer on Ju kumite you re hand must be on the Guard Kamae te.

    KION KUMITE Many say who preaarranged forms of kumite like sanbon, gohon kumite ecc. ecc are urrealistic and have non connection with Free sparring, non my question is why training them?


  16. A wonderful insight into the practice and life of a serious professional martial art educator. Thank you for all your efforts in producing and kindness in sharing.

  17. this sensei is excellent. his punch is perfect. he clearly said the difference of movement (powerless) and the feel (of power).

  18. This kind of static karate is obsolete. And not functional. All the techniques he shows are on a real attacker, just on a a cooperating one. This only leaves an illusion to the viewer that the techniques work. Try these on some real martial artists and see if they work.

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