Renzoku translates into English as consecutive, continuity, serial. Bunkai is used in the martial arts to describe the application of techniques found within the traditional kata. Renzoku bunkai is therefore simply a series of applied techniques, practiced in a continuous manner. Within the IOGKF, it commonly relates to a specific two person drill in which the kata Gekisai Dai Ichi is performed in a straight line by the ukete (defender) whilst a sequence of corresponding offensive and defensive techniques are executed by the semete (attacker). This drill is also known as Chokusen Gekisai Dai Ichi, literally meaning straight line Gekisai Dai Ichi.
The black belt grading in September 2013 was a special moment in my karate journey as I successfully passed to Sandan under the watchful eye of Sensei George Andrews. Alongside me that weekend was three of my students who were grading to 1st kyu. A lot has happened over the past year, including the move of the Honbu dojo to new premises in Peckham to make way for the demolition of the Institute of Traditional Karate-Do in the Heygate Estate.
I was going to drive to Wigan but after counting the cost and time factor, I decided to go by train. I can’t believe I even thought about driving up there, after only 1 hour 55 minutes I was getting off the train in Wigan.
This was a successful trip and one that will improve the communications between North and South of Poland; I met Sensei Adam Litwinski 4th Dan IOGKF, who is a senior instructor in Poland.
I went to Cape Town, South Africa, to celebrate with one of the best Karate practitioners I have had the privilege to be associated with; Sensei Bakkies, he is an inspiration to everyone.
This was the 8th Annual Gasshuku I have conducted in Koh Samui, Thailand and each year there are more people attending however, I have now limited the amount of participants to 30 and by invitation only.
This was the second year that I have been invited to conduct a Gasshuku in Teluk Intan, Malaysia, by the Chief Instructor of Malaysia Sensei Billy, Veerappan Arumugam.
I was invited to conduct a Gasshuku by Kevin and Mika Duff, who stayed and trained in the London Honbu Dojo for 18 months. I was happy to travel to the states at this time of year because the temperature was 25°C with beautiful blue skies.
Chief Instructor OTGKA