Did all the sensei demonstrate something?
What techniques did they show you?
Well, first of all let me say that the atmosphere was electric as we
just sat there, crossed legged on the dojo floor and watched the incredible
speed, power and energy that was generated by these amazing karate-ka. What
was also impressive to observe was the incredible control of their
techniques when they performed Kumite (sparring)
as every punch, strike and kick was pulled just a hairs width from the
target. What they noticed immediately after having watched us perform
karate, was that we were not using our hips and also that our stances were
Therefore Kanazawa sensei demonstrated how we should twist our hips
sideways for Age-Uke (rising block), Soto-Ude-Uke (outside forearm
block), Uchi-Ude-Uke (inside forearm block), Gedan Barai (downward block),
and how we should twist them forward for Gyaku-Zuki
(reverse punch). These blocks were all performed in Zenkutsu-Dachi
Kanazawa sensei then went on to show how the hips should be used for
Mae-Geri (front snap kick), Yoko-Geri-Keage (side
snap kick) and Yoko-Geri-Kekomi (side thrust kick).
All of Kanazawa sensei's kicks were brilliant of course but I have
to say that, the speed and power of his side thrust kick was beyond belief.
Mick (Michael) Randall was sitting crossed legged on the floor when
Kanazawa sensei performed this kick as it shot out like a bullet over
Mick's head. Kanazawa sensei then paired up with Enoeda
sensei and performed a whole series of elbow strikes which, when he
performed these at speed, were over in an instant.
What happened after the class Nick? I imagine that you all had so much to
think about and discuss?
Well, we all went to the usual Friday night pub, 'The Admiral Napier' which
was just a few yards down the road. Dr. Bell along with the four Japanese
sensei as well as Terry Wyngrove and Jimmy Neal
were also there.
Did you get a chance to talk to any of the sensei?
No, I was too timid and felt as if I was in the presence of Royalty. It was
just not my place to approach them. I was completely overwhelmed.
You mentioned that Dr. Bell had organised demonstrations for the four JKA
sensei, when were these held and where?
The first of the three demonstrations ever to be given by the JKA in the
United Kingdom was held at Kensington Town Hall on 21st April 1965. Before the
four Japanese sensei came onto the stage to perform their demonstration,
Terry Wyngrove took a mini karate class and, as
far as I can remember, Eddie Whitcher, Mick
Randall, Mike Peachey, my brother, myself and few
others from the usual group, were the students training in this 'mini'
class. This was organised in order to show that British people were also
What did you have to perform in that 'mini' class Nick?
We had to do some simple basic techniques such as; Gedan-Barai
(downward block), Oi-Zuki (stepping punch), Age-Uke (rising block), Heian Shodan (first kata) and Gohon -Kumite (five step
Did the lesson under Terry go on for long?
Again, I find it hard to remember but I think it was something like ten or
twelve minutes perhaps.