Sorry it's been a while since I blogged here - rest assured, I haven't been sat twiddling my thumbs!
Over the past few months we've been juggling a pretty big house extension plus two new additions to our family - a beautiful baby girl called Isabelle Rose and a pet dog called Cookie! Added to the work I've been doing to help progress our dojo up here in sunny Cumbria, it's been a little hectic to say the least!
However, things have started to settle down a little and so I should now be able to squeeze a little time here and there to get back blogging for my website.
Thanks to those who have kept in touch regarding the second instalment of my Naihanchi book series and my sincere apologies for letting the original planned release date slip. The good news is that I'm back in the saddle (so to speak) and just this week I managed to finish drafting another chapter. It is my aim to give this project priority over the next few months and once it's finally published I'm sure (or indeed I hope) you'll all consider it worth the wait! Nevertheless, your continued support is always very much appreciated :-)
OK - so now let's get down to the reason I sat down to blog today...
Here's a video that was filmed at my closed dojo on Tuesday evening, where we took some time explore and run through a number of applications from Pinan Shodan (Heian Nidan) Kata. This was in response to a request I received from The Malta Karate Federation, to help support their ongoing study of past seminar content.
Many of the applications seen here are those we use in our dojo as a platform for a deeper understanding of a more holistic methodology throughout all the karate kata - specifically, how and why certain principles repeat, combine, link and/or progress. Representing only a few of the topics covered last year over in Malta, I thought I'd also share the video openly with my web-based friends and followers.
Hope you enjoy the content, best wishes and I'll be I touch again soon!
Chris Denwood has been studying martial arts since childhood and specialises in the practical application of karate's traditional principles for civilian self-defence, personal development, life integration and discovery.