From what I've also seen on YouTube etc. I also rate him. I quite like his explanatory style of teaching. I also think his hair is fine as it is, I myself sport a quiff, quite by accident though. I never set out to have one it just happened that way. Nature can be cruel sometimes. I believe Mr Hotton is in the UK this year for a few seminars.
I watched some of his stuff on YouTube, nothing new, but a great way of creating discussion in class with his teaching. Not bad at all.
I myself don't like when hair gets in your eyes when you are doing Karate. Its annoying as an instructor watching kids blow, sweep and flick their hair out of their eyes. Again, this may be some deep seeded psychological issue I have that leads me to shave my head every morning (well every other morning). Wait...I might need more help then I knew!
On another note, any training with someone that has a different view tends to force you to reevaluate your thinking, even if you find their explanations to be weak (not saying his is but just saying that thinking outside the box tends to stimulate your thinking).
I trained with Rick Hotton when he visited Scott Langley last autumn in Dublin.
I found him to be very honest and sincere in his teachings, very much into creating your own way of karate, by "stealing" what you liked from good instructors and make it into something special. We were also recommended to "steal Rick's stuff" (quote) IF we found it interesting, by the man himself
I was also very impressed with his teaching- and communication skills and also his physical karate, he is after all in his mid-50ies.
I found it to be refreshing with his views and perspectives on Shotokan kihon, there is so/(too?) much standardisation these days in the Shotokan world..
Anyway, I thought he was great and got some serious inspiration from the course-so much that I've invited him over to Norway for a seminar in a couple of months
Post by charlesnicholson on Mar 17, 2015 4:41:02 GMT
Osu! I joined this forum just to give this great and unassuming man a good review, even though I'm late to the party.
DO study with him. I trained with him here in Florida awhile back, and have the utmost respect for the man, and his Karate. Due to neverending exigent cirumstances, I have been unable to attend his dojo for some time.
Though considered somewhat heretical according to stiffer, less advanced forms of Karate, I think nobody can honestly argue that his understanding of Karate is beyond the mainstream, even among Shotokai.
He's also an honest individual with a calm, easy-to-understand teaching style. If you're anything like me, you'll likely find that you have less physical strain during his classes, but learn significantly more.
Thanks Charles, feel free to open new discussions on your experiences, I find his Youtube vids really helpful and informative. Watched another just last night and realised I was rotating hips differently, he offered another way to look at it which makes sense, also backed up by studying a few top Karateka... I think he is a real technician of the art and a great method of teaching.