On Sunday the 9th of June 2024 I will be teaching an open seminar in Shinfield, Reading! The seminar will run from 1pm to 5pm and will take place at Shinfield Infant School, Shinfield, Reading, RG2 9EH.

This seminar will cover the 12 two-person drills of Choki Motobu (1870–1944). Motobu, unlike may of his contemporaries, was of the firm view that karate should remain a functional self-protection system and not aspire to become a modern budo, with an emphasis on exercise and personal development. His drills are all close-range, direct, take control, limit the enemy’s options and take into account the enemy’s likely actions.

Motobu never founded a style, and these drills can be utilised by karateka of all backgrounds. You will also see a lot of commonality with the methods found in the traditional kata. I will also cover Seinipo / Juniho, which is the kata I made to record the methods of Motobu. Participants will leave the seminar with a working knowledge of Motobu’s drills, his methodology, and have a kata to aid memory and for solo practise.

The cost is £35 / person. There are limited places, and they are expected to go quickly. Please contact John Jarvis on either kazoku_karatedo@hotmail.com or call 07443334174.

Sunday, June 9, 2024 - 13:00 to 17:00