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I spent an hour with Sato Junnosuke and his karatekas and had a great time - and can now tell others that "I have studied karate under a black belt in Japan" :)
I knew beforehand that the session would be with kids and the kids made it super special - I have kids of my own so that bit didn't worry me at all. They wanted to try out their English and were very polite and extremely enthusiastic about Karate. After my 1 hour session with them, they continued to practice for another 2 hours!
I have study a little Karate beforehand which helped as I could focus on the tradition and Japanese cultural aspects of the lesson rather than just trying to learn how to punch.
Sato Junnosuke was a good Sensei (or is that Shihan?), he told me that his father was also a Sensei (and his sister too I think), so Karate is definitely in his blood.
The venue was a little hard to find (or google) as there are a number of schools in the area, but with a little help from locals I was able to find it with little trouble (tip for Voyagin get a map sorted :) .
I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in Karate or has studied it a little beforehand. The class was very friendly, inviting, full of fitness and tradition - and a great insight into what kids in Japan get up to.
An amazing moment
Junnosuke is an amazing teacher who is able to make you discover Karate even if you have never practised it or if you haven't practised for more than a decade (which was my case). I was warmly welcomed by both the teacher and his students.
Don't miss the opportunity to take a discovery class with him.
I decided to get a lesson from a karate master throug FindJPN.
I had no idea what kind of experience I would be getting into before I went, but I found the lesson to be my best experience in tokyo. Junnosuke is an extremely talented martial artist and a very patient teacher.
I was surprised how much could be learned in such a short period of time, and although my flexibility and form leaves much to desire I never felt frustrated or pressured.
The demonstration he gave was also one of the most impressive personal displays of strength and focus I have seen and made me realize how lucky I was to get a personal lesson from someone as experienced as Junnosuke.
The karate event was very stimulating and fun.The teacher and assistant were professional and friendly.
The karate experience was better than I ever expected. All I had to do was show up ready to learn. The teacher taught us the basics - but moved beyond the basics quickly. By the end of the class, every student broke a board with their fist! Pretty cool! As a bonus, the teacher did a presentation of his own karate skills - very impressive!
First of all we would like to say thank you very much for this experience.
It was both interesting, fun and sweaty.
It must have been quite a challenge for Junnosuke Sato, -the black belt master, to teach 9 old beginners from abroad, but he managed to do it in an excellent way.
Good instructions, good exercises, and a very good performance by the Master at the end made this lesson a moment to remember.
As an extra bonus, we ran into "the Master" some hours later in the subway in the other end of Tokyo!
Best regards from "P2k15 - the nine NotYetBlackBeltMasters from Sweden"
Junnosuke is my nine year old son's hero!
What a wonderful way to be exposed to the Japanese culture by being taught by a very experienced Black Belt Master! We both really enjoyed his teachings and Harry has developed a new facination for Karate!
Thankyou Stasia Raft
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