On abovementioned date three karateka from the Langebaan Karate Centre were evaluated for Dan gradings by Shihan Mike Dukas and Sensei Jan Marx. After the grading the Langebaan Karateka had a very informative training session with Shihan Mike.
Sensei Les Liebenberg attained his Third Dan and Inge Titus her Second Dan. Sensei Lieb is 70 years old and is a noble example to the karateka of the Langebaan Dojo as he trains every evening from Monday to Thursday as well as on Saturday mornings.
Sensei Jan requested Shihan Mike to present training on the applicability of basics during the initial phases of development in kumite techniques. Shihan Mike gave an excellent overview of how basic techniques make up the foundation for kata and kumite. One aspect he emphasised was the importance of coordinating hip and limb movement during attacking and defending movements. These basic techniques were then applied practising gohon kumite.
It is always a great privilege to train under Shihan Mike. His willingness to travel to Langebaan and his involvement with our Dojo is highly appreciated.
One thing that was once again clear after this training session is: PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.
Arigatõ, Shihan Mike!