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Taken from an interview on the Karate history of Nicholas B Adamou
By Steave Austin 5thDan

Please note that all information
was correct at time of publishing.

Copyright 2006 N.B. Adamou

N. Adamou 5thDan talking to the SKI Secretary in a Tokyo restaurant, Japan 1984.

Steve Austin
Did all the sensei demonstrate something? What techniques did they show you?


Nick Adamou
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 too high.

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 (front stance).

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.

S.A.
What happened after the class Nick? I imagine that you all had so much to think about and discuss?

N.A.
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.

S.A.
Did you get a chance to talk to any of the sensei?

N.A.
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.

S.A.
You mentioned that Dr. Bell had organised demonstrations for the four JKA sensei, when were these held and where?

N.A.
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 practicing karate.

S.A.
What did you have to perform in that 'mini' class Nick?

N.A.
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 sparring).

S.A.
Did the lesson under Terry go on for long?

N.A.
Again, I find it hard to remember but I think it was something like ten or twelve minutes perhaps
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