I have been into the idea of unravelling the mystery of karate technique since my childhood. I have always had a feeling that there was more to it than strong muscles and quick movements of an athletic body. In search for answers, I tried different styles and training approaches before finally committing to the Traditional/Shotokan style of karate thought by Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama. The style showed a strong influence of Japanese budo and was highly coherent both technically and strategically. Sensei Nishiyama was a direct student of Master Gichin Funakoshi (father of modern karate-do) and needs little introduction if someone is fam
Like many traditional karate enthusiasts, I used to take rather rigid attitude, favoring the old and rejecting anything that was new or innovative. I believed the “truth” was hidden in the ancient teachings and no one should change or modify it. Years later, I realized that the technique was a unique expression of physical, mental and spiritual force and it simply has to keep changing over time in order to reflect the technical and spiritual growth of the karateka. The best example of positive change was Sensei Nishiyama’s work itself – changing and adapting over time, inspiring and original.
Sensei Kamil Kroczewski has been studying karate for over twenty five years. He was a student of Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama and instructor at the National Karate Institute in Los Angeles, which at the time was the most prestigious traditional karate dojo in the world. Kamil Kroczewski is the author of “Karate: Reinventing the Technique” – the first book explaining homogenous nature of all karate techniques.