Welcome to the website of the INTERNATIONAL KARATE SHOTOKAN. IKS is a budo/bujutsu karate organization based in Oita City, Japan. Directed by Andre Bertel Sensei (7th Dan) the objective of IKS is to focus on optimizing peoples potential and to preserve and propogate traditional Shotokan-Ryu karate of the highest level.


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INTERNATIONAL KARATE SHOTOKAN

  • JAPAN AFFILIATION 
  • Training in Japan as an IKS RENSHUSEI
  • DAN Examination / DAN Transfer
  • TECHNICAL SEMINAR
  • Technical SUPPORT

What makes us different?

Organization: What makes IKS different?

IKS (International Karate Shotokan) is an organization which is dedicated to budo/bujutsu karate; that is, the traditional karate which was technically developed for self-defense.

 

The syllabus is therefore different from the mainstream groups. It’s not shaped by competition rules; such as ‘compulsory elimination round kata' and techniques to 'win matches'. Furthermore, Oyo (the practical application of karate for self defense) plays a large role in training for senior grades.

 

IKS has over 60 kata, however, besides the foundational training in the  five Heian (Pinan) and Tekki Shodan  (Naifanchi), Kata are all free-choice. The additional kata are, therefore, not to learn more, but; rather, give individuals more options for individualized specialization. For progression through Dan one must select kata which best suits themselves as individuals, which was normal until the first quarter of the 20th Century. The IKS way stresses quality over quantity, and effectiveness over mere movement. Needless to say, this forms very strong connections between Kihon, Kata and Kumite: in sum, practical self defense skills. To reiterate, we have more kata in our syllabus not to learn more  'moves', but to give our members more choices to develop karate which is best for their own physiques, attributes, circumstances and individual fighting style. 

 

The are five levels of Kihon in IKS, which are very simple but highly detailed. The original idea of Funakoshi Sensei was that Kihon is ‘isolation training’. With this in mind, complex Kihon is thus (more often than not) counterproductive—because it often hides core mistakes. Specificity of what is required in each aspect of every movement makes the IKS Kihon practical for improvement irrespective of tenure and skill. Overall, in IKS, the time doing long winded combinations—up and down the dojo—is replaced by time doing simple techniques ''in depth' with 'acutely specific targets'; furthermore, replaced by extensive impact work.

 

Kumite in IKS has multiple forms like standard Shotokan. A major difference is that our attacking distance in yakusoku and jiyu kumite is more close and hence more practical in the real world. Consistent with the kata we primarily emphasize percussive blows;  however, we also utilize the vast array of locks/holds, joint breaking/dislocating techniques, and chokes: to maximize the effect of striking (or to finish off the opponent). Asai Sensei said "there are only three 'styles' of karate: standing, on the ground, and off the ground". Taken as a whole, the Kihon, Kata and Kumite training of the IKS is harmonious for optimal effect in actual self-defense.

 

Accordingly, International Karate Shotokan encourages all members to train with whoever they like and compete in any tournament they wish to. While IKS only involves budo/bujutsu karate in our syllabus, we support our members endeavors. We believe that this freedom is consistent with the true spirit of Karate-Do. This is INTERNATIONAL KARATE SHOTOKAN.

 

Chief Instructor: Andre Bertel (7th Dan)

 

Nearly 40 years karate experience. Based in Oita City, Japan.

 

BA (Education) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

 

Top Class Instructor — in constant demand in Japan and Globally.

 

Continues to coach numerous All Japan and World Champions for higher level performance—without political constraints; furthermore, directs a high level instructors ‘Renshusei’ training program—which is producing high-level results amongst those seeking elite budo karate skills.

 

Retired from individual competition as 2005 New Zealand Grand Champion (1st Place Men’s Individual Kata & Kumite). Competitive career spanning 15 years winning over a dozen national titles.

 

In late 30s pushed to come out of competitive retirement. Became the only non-Japanese to win the Men’s Premier  Individual Kata at the 34th Kumamoto Prefecture Championships.

 

Dedicated to daily self-training; the preservation of Shotokan karate as pure budo/bujutsu; and to spreading this Karate-Do within Japan and around the world. 

References:      

Blog:                              
www.andrebertel.blogspot.com

YouTube Channel:
  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9sLgH7TVz9zkLQ8okjxT4Q?view_as=subscriber

国際空手道松濤館

段審査要綱+

 

INTERNATIONAL KARATEDO SHOTOKAN

KYU / DAN Examinations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                        

 

Syllabus update: February, 2021.

                                                                                    

I.K.S. Chief Instructor

André Bertel (7th Dan)

OITA, JAPAN

What makes us different?

Organization: What makes IKS different?

IKS (International Karate Shotokan) is an organization which is dedicated to budo/bujutsu karate; that is, the traditional karate which was technically developed for self-defense.

 

The syllabus is therefore different from the mainstream groups. It’s not shaped by competition rules; such as ‘compulsory elimination round kata' and techniques to 'win matches'. Furthermore, Oyo (the practical application of karate for self defense) plays a large role in training for senior grades.

 

IKS has over 60 kata, however, besides the foundational training in the  five Heian (Pinan) and Tekki Shodan  (Naifanchi), Kata are all free-choice. The additional kata are, therefore, not to learn more, but; rather, give individuals more options for individualized specialization. For progression through Dan one must select kata which best suits themselves as individuals, which was normal until the first quarter of the 20th Century. The IKS way stresses quality over quantity, and effectiveness over mere movement. Needless to say, this forms very strong connections between Kihon, Kata and Kumite: in sum, practical self defense skills. To reiterate, we have more kata in our syllabus not to learn more  'moves', but to give our members more choices to develop karate which is best for their own physiques, attributes, circumstances and individual fighting style. 

 

The are five levels of Kihon in IKS, which are very simple but highly detailed. The original idea of Funakoshi Sensei was that Kihon is ‘isolation training’. With this in mind, complex Kihon is thus (more often than not) counterproductive—because it often hides core mistakes. Specificity of what is required in each aspect of every movement makes the IKS Kihon practical for improvement irrespective of tenure and skill. Overall, in IKS, the time doing long winded combinations—up and down the dojo—is replaced by time doing simple techniques ''in depth' with 'acutely specific targets'; furthermore, replaced by extensive impact work.

 

Kumite in IKS has multiple forms like standard Shotokan. A major difference is that our attacking distance in yakusoku and jiyu kumite is more close and hence more practical in the real world. Consistent with the kata we primarily emphasize percussive blows;  however, we also utilize the vast array of locks/holds, joint breaking/dislocating techniques, and chokes: to maximize the effect of striking (or to finish off the opponent). Asai Sensei said "there are only three 'styles' of karate: standing, on the ground, and off the ground". Taken as a whole, the Kihon, Kata and Kumite training of the IKS is harmonious for optimal effect in actual self-defense.

 

Accordingly, International Karate Shotokan encourages all members to train with whoever they like and compete in any tournament they wish to. While IKS only involves budo/bujutsu karate in our syllabus, we support our members endeavors. We believe that this freedom is consistent with the true spirit of Karate-Do. This is INTERNATIONAL KARATE SHOTOKAN.

 

Chief Instructor: Andre Bertel (7th Dan)

 

Nearly 40 years karate experience. Based in Oita City, Japan.

 

BA (Education) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand

 

Top Class Instructor — in constant demand in Japan and Globally.

 

Continues to coach numerous All Japan and World Champions for higher level performance—without political constraints; furthermore, directs a high level instructors ‘Renshusei’ training program—which is producing high-level results amongst those seeking elite budo karate skills.

 

Retired from individual competition as 2005 New Zealand Grand Champion (1st Place Men’s Individual Kata & Kumite). Competitive career spanning 15 years winning over a dozen national titles.

 

In late 30s pushed to come out of competitive retirement. Became the only non-Japanese to win the Men’s Premier  Individual Kata at the 34th Kumamoto Prefecture Championships.

 

Dedicated to daily self-training; the preservation of Shotokan karate as pure budo/bujutsu; and to spreading this Karate-Do within Japan and around the world. 

References:      

Blog:                              
www.andrebertel.blogspot.com

YouTube Channel:
  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9sLgH7TVz9zkLQ8okjxT4Q?view_as=subscriber

国際空手道松濤館

段審査要綱

 

INTERNATIONAL KARATEDO SHOTOKAN

KYU / DAN Examinations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                        

 

Syllabus update: FEBRUARY, 2020.

                                                                                    

I.K.S. Chief Instructor

André Bertel (7th Dan)

OITA, JAPAN

What makes us different?

Organization: What makes IKS different?

IKS (International Karate Shotokan) is an organization which is dedicated to budo/bujutsu karate; that is, the traditional karate which was technically developed for self-defense.

 

The syllabus is therefore different from the mainstream groups. It’s not shaped by competition rules; such as ‘compulsory elimination round kata' and techniques to 'win matches'. Furthermore, Oyo (the practical application of karate for self defense) plays a large role in training for senior grades.

 

IKS has over 60 kata, however, besides the foundational training in the  five Heian (Pinan) and Tekki Shodan  (Naifanchi), Kata are all free-choice. The additional kata are, therefore, not to learn more, but; rather, give individuals more options for individualized specialization. For progression through Dan one must select kata which best suits themselves as individuals, which was normal until the first quarter of the 20th Century. The IKS way stresses quality over quantity, and effectiveness over mere movement. Needless to say, this forms very strong connections between Kihon, Kata and Kumite: in sum, practical self defense skills. To reiterate, we have more kata in our syllabus not to learn more  'moves', but to give our members more choices to develop karate which is best for their own physiques, attributes, circumstances and individual fighting style. 

 

The are five levels of Kihon in IKS, which are very simple but highly detailed. The original idea of Funakoshi Sensei was that Kihon is ‘isolation training’. With this in mind, complex Kihon is thus (more often than not) counterproductive—because it often hides core mistakes. Specificity of what is required in each aspect of every movement makes the IKS Kihon practical for improvement irrespective of tenure and skill. Overall, in IKS, the time doing long winded combinations—up and down the dojo—is replaced by time doing simple techniques ''in depth' with 'acutely specific targets'; furthermore, replaced by extensive impact work.

 

Kumite in IKS has multiple forms like standard Shotokan. A major difference is that our attacking distance in yakusoku and jiyu kumite is more close and hence more practical in the real world. Consistent with the kata we primarily emphasize percussive blows;  however, we also utilize the vast array of locks/holds, joint breaking/dislocating techniques, and chokes: to maximize the effect of striking (or to finish off the opponent). Asai Sensei said "there are only three 'styles' of karate: standing, on the ground, and off the ground". Taken as a whole, the Kihon, Kata and Kumite training of the IKS is harmonious for optimal effect in actual self-defense.

 

Accordingly, International Karate Shotokan encourages all members to train with whoever they like and compete in any tournament they wish to. While IKS only involves budo/bujutsu karate in our syllabus, we support our members endeavors. We believe that this freedom is consistent with the true spirit of Karate-Do. This is INTERNATIONAL KARATE SHOTOKAN.

 

Chief Instructor: Andre Bertel (7th Dan)

 

Nearly 40 years karate experience. Based in Oita City, Japan.

 

BA (Education) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand

 

Top Class Instructor — in constant demand in Japan and Globally.

 

Continues to coach numerous All Japan and World Champions for higher level performance—without political constraints; furthermore, directs a high level instructors ‘Renshusei’ training program—which is producing high-level results amongst those seeking elite budo karate skills.

 

Retired from individual competition as 2005 New Zealand Grand Champion (1st Place Men’s Individual Kata & Kumite). Competitive career spanning 15 years winning over a dozen national titles.

 

In late 30s pushed to come out of competitive retirement. Became the only non-Japanese to win the Men’s Premier  Individual Kata at the 34th Kumamoto Prefecture Championships.

 

Dedicated to daily self-training; the preservation of Shotokan karate as pure budo/bujutsu; and to spreading this Karate-Do within Japan and around the world. 

References:      

Blog:                              
www.andrebertel.blogspot.com

YouTube Channel:
  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9sLgH7TVz9zkLQ8okjxT4Q?view_as=subscriber

国際空手道松濤館

段審査要綱

 

INTERNATIONAL KARATEDO SHOTOKAN

KYU / DAN Examinations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                        

 

Syllabus update: FEBRUARY 2021.

                                                                                    

I.K.S. Chief Instructor

André Bertel (7th Dan)

OITA, JAPAN

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