Last summer, Barrie Ryusei Karate was honored to host a clinic conducted by Ken Sakamoto the head of Ryusei Karate-Do and former disciple of Tsuyoshi Chitose, the founder of Chito-Ryu karate (died 1984). On a Canadian teaching tour from his home in Kumamoto, Japan, Sakamoto-Sensei is prodigiously talented, especially in his performance of kata and execution of their applications. Even so, he was able to quite easily switch gears when teaching all levels and ages at the Barrie karate club. He would give his time as generously to the kid just learning karate as the visiting high-ranking instructor, looking for fine-tuning of his advanced technique.
Sakamoto-Sensei doesn’t believe in just talking as he teaches. He demonstrates everything he wants to do – which can be especially instructive, and painful, for the karateka asked to be his partner for demonstrations.