This video footage was taken in early 2003 in Honolulu, Hawaii. After a seminar with Asai Shuseki-Shihan, Charles Lee Sensei (Chief Instructor of JKS Hawaii & now Technical Director of JKS Americas: http://www.jks-americas.com/) requested that I teach him and his students some new Asai-ryuha kata. Firstly I privately taught Charles Lee Sensei; then a small group of black belts at Fujiwara Shihan's dojo; then taught a few sessions to Lee Sensei and his senior JKS Hawaii students (as seen in this footage).
The new kata I taught them were Shotei-dai and Rakuyo, and also reviewed the Junro series, which Asai Sensei had just standardized and re-taught on the course. I also corrected their Senka, which they had incorrectly learned off Asai Sensei's video tapes. Asai Sensei later congratulated me, on the telephone, telling me that I was the first instructor to introduce these kata to the United States. But then said in jest "if wrong, big trouble!"
In this clip I was mostly walking the JKS Hawaii students and Sensei Lee (pictured next to me on the 'video thumbnail') through Shotei-dai and Rakuyo.
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