April 2020

Just recently, I decided to video some advanced katas while I am still able to. For several years, I have been alerting my members to the possibility that I may NOT have many more years to teach effectively. To that end, I encouraged them to learn as much as they could so that they could carry on our rich tradition and incomparable style and technique after I am gone.

Bassai Dai (“To storm a castle”) is a very powerful kata. It requires “strength of mind and body to overcome the position of an entrenched enemy and successfully break into his fortress against overwhelming odds.”*

Sekiguchi Sensei performed Bassai Dai in 2020, at the age of 72.

* Shotokan Advanced Kata, Volume 1 by Keinosuke Enoeda, page 8