We would like to greet and wish all the best for 2007
to Ryusei karateka in Japan, the United States and
In Canada, over the next year, we intend to pursue our
course of technical development that includes a series
of special clinics and production of a technical manual.
We hold three official clinics a year in Ontario:
A spring clinic in Belleville, a summer camp in Wiarton
fall clinic in Chesley. Each clinic has a different
focus. But overall we manage to cover breathing exercises/ki
development, kihon, kata, kaisetsu and kobudo. We find
it valuable to come together as a group, to check each
person’s individual progress and to share ideas.
This spring, instructors Peter Zehr and Matt Mannerow
are going to look at the possibility of holding a tournament
for our local members.
As far as the technical manual, last year James and
Sonoko Hatch did the first translation of the Japanese
technical manual written by Sakamoto-Sensei. We are
now in the progress of editing this translation and
points for a Western audience. To the Japanese manual
we would like to add descriptions of kihon, kata and
kaisetsu to aid students in their practice. It is a
difficult process at times describing Ryusei kata because
complexity of Sakamoto-Sensei’s technique.
To finalize the manual, we would look to senior instructors
in Canada and abroad for input and corrections. We are
hoping to have a completed version of the manual done
by the spring of 2007 and will review publishing options
From a clinic held in Wiarton, Ontario.