What helps to separate our style of Karate from others is the way we train out mind and body, one of the training techniques that has been passed down through the ranks from our grand masters is called Waterfall training, in the old days back on the mainland of Japan the grand masters used to climb the mountains to the massive waterfalls and meditate before beginning training, once the meditation was complete they commenced their training under the waterfall which would consist mainly of two Kata called Tencho and Sanchin, these kata are done slow and strong, it is truly an exercise that you will only get out of what you put into it.
They would train all year long, even in winter when the waterfall was at it's most dangerous as big icicles would form and could break off and possibly cause injury.
Our training today is a little different but follows along the same lines as that tradition, our day of waterfall training usually commences around 7-7:30 am with all students (and parents) meeting at a wonderful waterfall in the Blue mountains to the west of Sydney in Australia, we then make our way down to the bottom of the valley, this usually takes around 15-20 minutes, we then warm up and stretch to prepare ourselves for the hard task ahead of us, some people think standing under a waterfall is easy, after all it's only water....right....WRONG, I have seen grown men knocked over because they thought it was easy and didn�t listen to advise, there is a certain way to enter the waterfall and all students are shown this before they are allowed to enter, the younger students usually train in the edge of the fall as it is not as hard as the centre.
Each student gets a chance to complete one of the two kata under the waterfall, and once completed each student feels a hundred feet tall as it is only then that they realise how hard a task it really is, without realising it they have also furthered their training as the waterfall forces them to hold their stance in a way they never thought they could, without holding their stance tight they would be knocked over by the rush of water.
After this we stop half way up the mountain to train and do some Kumite, then we head of for some relaxation with a picnic or BBQ.