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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 6thDan, Performing ushiro-mawashi-geri.Harrow Leisure Center, 1994.

Steve Austin
Could you describe for us what the four Japanese sensei did in their demonstration?

Nick Adamou
Certainly, but before I do I have to say that their demonstration of free style sparring was totally amazing and quite unbelievable. So fast, so agile, so powerful and so precise. There was no bouncing up and down or forward and backward moves as they paired up ready to attack or defend. Instead, they both just stood there, silently facing one another in, what seemed to be an almost, deep, meditative state of deep concentration with a kind of 'taut, pent up' energy that you could literally feel. Like two cats that are about to fight each other, both totally bound up in the other's slightest move or gesture. Very slowly and at about an inch at a time, one of the sensei would edge just a bit forward or just a bit backward until, as if some invisible line had been crossed and then 'Wham!!!' the attack would suddenly take place, as if out of nowhere. What dynamic moves these were. Imagine an elastic band that has been stretched back as far as it could possibly be pulled with absolutely no movement at this point. When the band is released, it snaps forward at an incredible rate. Their attacks and defences were just like that. One second they were standing motionless and, the next, they would just shoot forward backward or to the side, covering about a meter in an instant. Awe inspiring.

S.A.
Yes, awe inspiring. So who paired up with who? Did they demonstrate any basic techniques or do any kata? What about breaking wood, was that performed?

N.A.
I remember Kanazawa sensei and Shirai Sensei doing freestyle and it was staggeringly fast. The athletic agility of the two of them was just incredible with punches, kicks and strikes going off all over the place. Like two, wild cats. During these exchanges, Shirai Sensei performed a front kick which Kanazawa sensei avoided by jumping in a kind of semi circular manner. At the exact moment his feet touched the floor from that jump, he performed a left Yoko-Geri-Kekomi (side thrust kick) to Shirai senseis mid section. Kanazawa sensei's kick was so fast; it looked like a piston shooting out of a secret compartment. Truly amazing.

S.A.
Who else performed free style?

N.A.
I remember seeing Kanazawa sensei and Enoeda sensei pairing up and giving an equally, fast, dynamic and deadly display of free style. Truly breathtaking with Enoeda sensei's Oi-Zukis (stepping punch), Mae-Geris (front kick) and Mawashi-Geris (roundhouse kick) hurtling forward at Kanazawa sensei, with all the power of a massive steam train going at full speed. In all the displays of free style, Kase sensei acted as the referee.

S.A.
What else was demonstrated by these four JKA sensei?

N.A.
Kase sensei demonstrated the applications of Heian Yondan (Fourth basic formal exercise) with Enoeda sensei. As he got to the last Morote -Uke (augmented forearm block) and moved from Kokutsu-Dachi (back stance) to Zenkutsu-Dachi (front stance) grabbing Enoeda sensei's head in the process, Kase sensei jumped up into the air and performed Hitsui-Tobi-Geri (flying knee attack) instead of the usual Hitsui -Geri (knee kick). I also remember seeing Kase sensei perform a kata which, I think was Chinte. When he performed the kiai, a very strange thing happened to me because it seemed as if, one minute I was there, watching his display and then, after his kiai, I felt like I was waking up from a deep sleep. I looked around me and tried to figure out where I was, and what was going on. It took about ten seconds to get my orientation back but I have to say that it was a very strange experience.

S.A.
You mentioned tamishiwara (wood breaking) Nick, who performed this?

N.A.
Kanazawa sensei broke four pieces of wood with Gyaku-Zuki (reverse punch) to the front followed by Ushiro-geri (back kick) behind, then at ninety degrees he performed Mawashi-Geri (roundhouse kick) and then after he turned to the opposite side he performed Shuto-Uchi (knife hand strike). The whole procedure was over in about four seconds. I can't remember whether he performed this at the Kensington or the Hornsey Town Hall demonstration which took place on 24th April 1965 but, what I do remember especially about the Hornsey Town Hall demonstration was Shirai sensei performing tamishiwara. In his combination, he broke the first two pieces with ease but when he performed jodan Mae-Geri (front snap kick head height) to the last piece, it didn't break but instead, his kick lifted those who were holding the wood, very slightly off the floor. So he tried again with an extra person supporting the first two who held the wood. It still wouldn't break. He tried once more and it finally broke. The audience was ecstatic and applauded and whistled loudly. However, when Shirai sensei bowed and went back behind the curtains, he sank into a kind of half sitting position and put his head in his hands and angrily muttered some words in Japanese. The other sensei rallied round and seemed to be consoling him. When he threw the piece of wood down that had been so hard to break I noticed that it had a massive knot running through it. As disappointing as this had been, it certainly proved to everyone watching that there was no 'trick' involved in the wood breaking demonstration.

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