An Interview with Derek English

I originally published this post on Derek English sensei five years ago which included an interview conducted by Mike Clark sensei (thank you wherever you are), but I am republishing it to include a wonderful new interview with him on the Invisible Sensei Podcast.

Derek English is a true power-house of Okinawa Budo – proficient in both Goju-ryu Karate-do and Ryukyu Kobudo. I first met Derek in Japan way back in 1995 at a conference we were both attending in Kumamoto prefecture, but it wasn’t until a few years later that I finally caught up with him on Okinawa and was able to train very briefly with him and his teacher Uehara Ko at the latter’s dojo in Naha.

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Part 2

Toguchi Sekichi & the Shoreikan Curriculum

Vancouver, BC, Goju, Shoreikan, Toguchi Sekichi, Lessons
Toguchi Sekichi

I’m sure I will get a lot of hate emails for saying this – let loose the dogs of war – but I am not a fan of the Shoreikan unified kata-kumite curriculum as developed by the late Toguchi Seikichi sensei. I am sure he went to great pains and effort to create it, but I find quite a lot of it redundant and the applications too superficial.

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