We decided to put this section in for people that don't train karate but are involved in it in some sort of way, it could be a wife, a husband or a partner etc, and this could be a valuable section as they can give encouragement, and even make new friends within the karate community
Post by deckerdude304 on Jan 31, 2012 22:28:29 GMT
Hello, my name is Susan Kelly, and i am the wife of Michael Kelly, who is a relative newcomer to your site, which he likes a great deal, ALMOST as much as his Karate Training! He doesnt actually know i am putting a reply in to this thread, he showed me the site and i have had a look now and again. He is looking for Shotokan Karate Kata dvd's, but cannot find any of the lower grade Kata's with which to train at home with, perhaps someone could point him, or me for him(!) in the right direction? Mikky is 55 years old this year, and i am so very proud of him and the fact that he has taken up one of the most strenuous excersise programmes that there is at his age, when a lot of men would be settling for their pipe and slippers now! This is not to say that all older men want to settle for the easy life, thats not what i am saying at all, far from it! Mikky has shown me dvd's of men far in excess of their 60's and 70's who still practise Kata, we can only applaud and congratulate trhem in their endeavours. When viewing dvd's like this, mikky is much humbled and generally has nothing but praise of the highest order for them. Not to be outdone by my Husband, i made enquirys for the two of us to look at joining a Tai Chi class together. My search has proved fruitful, and we both go to our Tai Chi class every Saturday now, the last five weeks have just flown by! Not only am i convinced that the Tai Chi excersises are helping me in many ways, but also i am convinced that, given time in learning BOTH disiplines in the basic format, the one will complement the other for Mikky too. I have chewed your ears off enough now, but just wanted to open this new thread with really a simple message to you all: I wish you all good luck and good fortitude in your study of this art. If my husband likes this Shotokan Karate and it makes HIM happy to practise it, then i am a most happy wife too. (P.S--dont forget about the lower grade Kata dvd's if any can be found!!) Sue K.
Hi Sue - it would be great if you could join under your own name, might encourage others to do the same. I've used Frank Brennan's DVD's, he has done a series - Beginners, Intermediate, Brown and I've yet to purchase the Black Belt one. He is spot on when it comes to form and technique, although don't worry if Michael can't do the splits yet as it isn't compulsorary (thank god!) Other than Frank, looking at Youtube can be good, look for Kanazawa Sensei but be careful as there are a few poor performances out there by others. I've heard Tai Chi can assit Karate too.
Hello Susan; My goodness what a wonderful reply to this thread. Mikky is obviously a very lucky man to have such a caring & supportive wife. The Frank Brennan series of DVD sounds like a good bet. Also you might check Legend Productions, as Steve Hyland speaks in high regard of this company, perhaps he will add to this recommendation. Have you considered books? The best karate series, is the most popular. Fundamentals ( #2 ) & Heian-Tekki ( #5 ) are a good start. Most martial arts supply outlets would have these. As far as Tai Chi, I can only see benefit for the both of you. Master Kanazawa Studies Tai Chi also, so I would suggest that Mikky can only benefit form this exposure. You can chew on our ears anytime!! Osu Paul B