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MASON CITY, IA – The moves are fast and the hits are precise. Together they make up the specialized form of goju karate.
OKinawa Dojo Instructor, Brian Loterbaur said, “It’s not about the power, it’s about staying relaxed and generating power with the hips.”
These advanced students breaking down the self-defense “Katas” or “routines” with the best -60 year old Taria Sensai -all the way from Okinawa Japan.
Paul Enfield has been following sensai’s teachings as a student for years, but today he’s acting as a translator.
Taira Sensai said, “Because he worked as a policeman, this is obviously his job, but at the same time has been able to train his technique and refine his technique in real world self defense.”
Each individual “kata” these guys are doing is like a self defense system. What Sensai has done is combine those systems into a continuous and flowing motion…almost like a battle.
Taira Sensai said, “A lot of the techniques practice taking the legs, attacking the joints of the legs which you don’t actually see, they’re kinda hidden techniques, but it’s a very strong part of the style.”
Local Instructor, Brian Loterbaur says having such a prestigious sensai come to the area is quite an honor.
He said, “It doesn’t matter if they’ve been practicing for 8 months or they’ve been practicing for 30 years people who haven’t met Taira Sensai will see they have a lot of work yet to do and a lot of knowledge yet to gain.”
Taria Sensai says karate is a large part of who he is and has no plans of stopping any time soon.
“He trains like 4 to 5 days a week on his own to keep in good shape so he can continue training into his 70’s and 80’s.”