Japanese Karate Master in Malta
29th July 2008
We have for the 25th time since 1994, hosted top Japanese karate coaches
and instructors locally for the benefit of local karate students. Last
weekend, Mr Takeshi Naito was back in Malta sharing his karate methods.
Read more and see photos.
ETIK celebrates 20 years
Educational and Technical Institute of Karate (ETIK) started back in
1988. This year in 2008 we celebrate 20 years. Read more about
111 Japanese certified black belts
So far and still counting, a total of 111 Japanese certified
successful black belt exams from 1st to 5th dan levels. Read
Book your diary
New and ongoing courses started in January 2008 for Black Belts examinations,
Budo - Goshindo - Kobudo, and more... Check
out the class schedules. You can BOOK online.
Sensei Naito coming over for a weekend
camp in Malta with many foreign karate on 11-13th July 2008. Contact
us for early bird booking.
Sensei Kawasoe coming for a weekend course on 19-21st September 2008.
Contact us now for early bird booking.
2008 Malta Spring International
Sensei Kawasoe Masao 8 Dan visited
Malta to lead a very informative course on the 14th - 16th March 2008.
Sensei always manages to get rusty joints in working order with his
specialisation in body dynamics. His vintage in karate and his youthful
vigour is always a source of motivation and inspiration to all who participated.
This was the 13th year running that Sensei has embraced Malta as a training
venue for his courses.
Coach Course and Certification
With Sensei Tasuke Watanabe 8 Dan and Sensei Kawasoe Masao 8 Dan on
the 20th - 23rd September 2007. As expected, this course was a great
success and a fantastic experience in both the technical and the tactical
facets of karate. Read
2007 Malta Summer Master Class
With guest instructor of World Class level, Sensei Naito Takeshi
8th Dan, FIKTA and national instructor in Italy. 14th and 15th July.
The technical director Mr Takeshi Naito, and the national kumite coach
of Italy Mr Carlo Bianchi were recently hosted in Malta by the Educational
and Technical Institute of Karate (www.InstituteofKarate.com
) to share their tactics with local karate enthusiasts. Read
more...or see photos
Between the 26th and 28th April 2007, Sensei Franco Azzopardi and 3
of his Kohai, Sempai Bella Bugeja, Frans Falzon and Robert Micallef,
attended an intensive course in London with Sensei Kawasoe Masao, Naito
Takeshi and Watanabe Tasuke (Luiz). These masters are truly world class,
all with their own specialisations. Incredible was Sensei Kawasoe performing
footwork and kata Unsu. For the more mature students of karate, witnessing
a 61-year old Kawasoe Sensei interpreting and applying the spinning
jumping back-kick was truly an inspiration. Sensei Naito who is the
coach of the Italian kumite team manages always to put people to test
their ultimate capabilities. He explores incessantly torsion and counter-release
of body dynamics. Sensei Watanabe is of a Samurai warrior class, assimilating
skillfully traditional Japanese fencing and Iai, into karate combinations.
Sensei Franco Azzopardi was, as usual on these courses, assisting such
high level masters with demonstrating techniques and also with translations
2007 Malta Spring Master Class
Sensei Kawasoe Masao once again was hosted in Malta by Sensei Franco
Azzopardi as part of the programme of ETIK on the 14-15th April 2007.
It was a very successful weekend with foreign karate-ka participating
from Switzerland. Sensei brushed up on basic drills and techniques,
with a further focus on their application in Kumite. Sensei never fails
to astonish those present with his amazing footwork and forward spins,
pivoting on the left supporting leg in a clockwise, changing legs in
the process and striking. Amazing!
Pre-Dan-Grading Alignment course
This course focussed on the requrements for Dan examinations from
1st, to 4th Dan. It addressed those students preparing for the next
dan grading and was held between the 4th February and the 8th April
2007 on every Sunday morning - 0930hrs at Kottonera Sports Complex.
The Dan examinations are held by Sensei Kawasoe Masao and Franco Azzopardi
up till 2nd Dan level in Malta, and by Sensei Kawasoe Masao, Naito Takeshi
and other top ranking masters, in London.
Continued Professional Development
The objective of this course was to research the essence of Karate-do
for Dan graduates and it was held between the 9th January 2007 and 10th
April 2007 (every Tuesday 1930hrs and Saturday 1500hrs) at Kottonera
Sports Complex. The study extended over attitude, advanced footwork
borrowing from other disciplines within Budo, and maximising percussion
of impact techniques.
A grading examination was
held on the 20th January for Children under the age 13 years. The exam
was based on the model of education that promotes child development
especially in motorial skills. Each child was assessed for progress
and a personalised report was prepared. Click
here for photos taken by Stephen Schembri during the assessment.
On Sunday 21st January 2007, a practice seminar was led by Sensei Franco
Azzopardi for senior kyu grade students. An emphasis was made on how
to maximise the effectiveness of the simplest karate technique by assimilating
them to the use of traditional karate-juitsu weapons. After the practice
session, a grading examination was held and a personalised report for
each student was generated. Click
here to see photos.
to view photos of Certificate Presentation Ceremony on Sunday 28th
January at 1030hrs at Cottonera Sports Complex, for all those successful
in the Junior and Senior Kyu exams held on 20-21 January, for those
who passed their Dan exams with Sensei Kawasoe and Sensei Franco in
2006, and for those Dan-grade students who have participated in the
CPD programme in quarter 4 of 2006.
Personal notes of Sensei Franco
Read the interesting personal
notes of Sensei Franco Azzopardi, that attempt to transmit his studies
and thinking in the art, science and culture of Karate-do.
Presentation of Certificates
The photo albums for the June
ceremonies, and the October pre-exam training and grading
are now available for viewing and downloading. You can also order higher
resolution pictures by contacting us.
Studies with Masters from Japan
This technical artical by Franco Azzopardi, attempts to capture his
understanding of the objective of karate training with Sensei Tsuyama
of JKF, Kawasoe Sensei of WSI and Naito Sensei of JKA: Deeper
Shotokan is Shotokan! 2006 Master Class
Malta Summer Master Class – 23 – 24th September
had a FANTASTIC time and hope to make it again"
Click here to view photos.
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details should you wish to order a high resolution version for printing.
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