This was an invitation that no one should have missed, Sensei Terauchi is a man that upon first impression will make you step back. Once you have trained with him, he is quite a character and has a sense of humour, although his teaching is quite stringent.
It's good to have someone like him around because he brings you back down to basics, and you start to feel like your feet are on the floor again. He has a wealth of knowledge that stems back as far as the famous Yoyogi Dojo in Tokyo, where his teacher Sensei Morio Higaonna taught for many years.
The training started at the Institute in London, for three days then for one day in Southampton. There were about 90 people in attendance, which was quite a comfortable number for Sensei Terauchi and myself to teach.
We had a great time together during and after training. He would spend time talking about the explanations on Kanji (Japanese Characters), which I find very interesting, because they all have very deep meanings.
Sensei Terauchi is a man that has a deep insight and is precise in his judgment, he will tell you exactly what you don't want to hear, but it comes from the heart. It is honour to be with someone like him, at least you know where you stand.
I look forward to meeting him again in Okinawa July 2004.
A selection of images from the course that show Terauchi Sensei giving detailed instruction in Seiunchin kata and a demonstration to all of Sanchin kata. Click photos to enlarge.