9/06/2010 2:37pm, #31
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9/07/2010 2:30am, #32
Also to clarify - the content from Alexander's previous sites was found using the Internet Archive, most of it dating back a few years. As far as I am aware, these sites were already offline when this whole thing started - or at least when I first looked, shortly after the Chris Allen thread began.
A little on karate, from the 2004 version of the site:
Originally Posted by the link above
Zen - Shin - Goju – Karateis a pure, non-contact, Okinawan/Chinese Karate style“Goju” means HARD/SOFTwhich can be interpreted as
all techniques and Kata of Zen-Shin-Goju-Karate
can be performed on a scale of 1-10.LEVEL 1is soft almost Tai - Chi like movesLEVEL 5is moderate and will contain variations between Level 1 and Level 5LEVELS 5 - 10are moderate to extreme powerSome of the unique aspects ofZen-Shin-Goju- Karate
- that you can vary your performance of technique and Kata as befits your daily feeling and physical condition. All technique and Kata can be done with equal use of hand and fist.
- Most training is performed in your usual basic stance e.g. right handed (right leg back, left fist forward) with no over emphasis on training the left side, as statistics show that you will always take the defensive position that you feel safest in.
- We do not waste time in ineffective and unnecessary stretching or strength training exercises as there is more than enough physical training, body conditioning and strength and power improvement within the Zen-Shin-Goju-Karate style itself.
- We do not normally kick above the waist, as this is not practical in most street situations
- We also believe that if an aggressor cannot walk he cannot fight, if he cannot see he cannot fight, if he cannot breathe he cannot fight.
- Zen-Shin-Goju-Karate believes in ”KOROSHI” i.e. 1 punch/kick finish.
- Zen-Shin-Goju-Karate believes in pre-empting any actual threat of attack, with the emphasis on the saying “it is better to be tried by12 than carried by 4.
HIT HARD, HIT FAST, HIT FIRST.Why not switch styles and teach Zen-Shin-Goju-Karate in your area or complete an intensive course and add Zen-Shin-Goju to compliment your present style?Whatever your Karate style or grade, we can offer you an intensive remedial course, which will improve your technique and Kata, without altering your present style in any way, dramatically increasing your ability and chances of passing your next grading.
9/07/2010 4:44am, #33
It's interesting how much comes out in the wash, isn't it.Originally Posted by reminiscent anecdote of Mr. Alexander's opinionOriginally Posted by Mr. Alexander's websiteOriginally Posted by More anecdotal referencing"To sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards out of men".
9/07/2010 6:19am, #34
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In one of the photos on his website, I see that Mr Alexander is wearing a gi with the Goju-Ryu fist badge on it. I’m open to correction, but I think this badge is the copyrighted property of the Yamaguchi family. Presumably Mr Alexander has permission to wear it. It so, this is a point in favour of his genuineness, isn’t it? I'm trying to be fair, here. Though in the same photograph he is holding a Japanese certificate upside down ...
Speaking of fairness: it was pointed out to me in a pm yesterday that one of my responses to Jay was inappropriate and rude. I apologise for this.
9/07/2010 8:43am, #35In one of the photos on his website, I see that Mr Alexander is wearing a gi with the Goju-Ryu fist badge on it. I’m open to correction, but I think this badge is the copyrighted property of the Yamaguchi family. Presumably Mr Alexander has permission to wear it. It so, this is a point in favour of his genuineness, isn’t it? I'm trying to be fair, here. Though in the same photograph he is holding a Japanese certificate upside down ...
I also found something else WRT JA's training/ranking history (assuming that he actually wrote this):
Originally Posted by that guestbook
Something else just jumped right out at me when re-reading:
Originally Posted by Mr Alexander's website linked in my previous post
9/07/2010 9:09am, #36
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Tegatani seems to be a kind of eclectic/Ju jitsu system - this is a bio page from Professor Holt's website:
"In 1977 he was graded by Prof. R. Sacharnowski 10th dan ..." That name rings a bell somehow.
9/07/2010 9:38am, #37
9/07/2010 10:21am, #38
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I just noticed a small but strange thing.
Mr Alexander says, in one of his paragraphs: ‘The late Sensei KEINOSUKE ENOEDA once remarked, “I even met a Sensei who teaches “sit down” karate ...” However, after training with him he came to realise that Jon meant to train with a meditative mind as in Za-Zen (meditation sitting). Zen-Shin-Ryu translates as New Way Zen School, implying an original new way of looking at things ...’.
On the face of it, this is a simple name-drop (it means: “I taught the great Enoeda something”). But ...
on the wall behind the students in these photographs, “Zen Shin” is written as 禅心 – “Zen heart” or “mind”.
In trying to make “Zen Shin Ryu” mean “New Way Zen School” rather than “Zen Heart School”, Mr Alexander is confusing “Shin” (“mind”- 心) and “Shin” (“new” - 新) – presumably having looked up “Shin” in his Romaji-to-Kanji dictionary and picked the wrong one.
Yes, I’m being pedantic. But isn’t this a strangely elementary mistake for someone so steeped in Japanese culture and tradition, and taught by eminent Japanese teachers, to make?
It’s been said before in these forums that there’s no quicker way to make a fool of yourself than by pretending to know Japanese when you don’t. I mean no impoliteness in saying it, but I suspect that Mr Alexander doesn’t really know a word of Japanese - despite having ‘formally trained’ with several Japanese teachers and having a “grading scroll” (menkyo kaiden?) signed by (as Jay put it) “old Japanese dudes”.
Another rat to smell? Or is it just me?
9/07/2010 10:33am, #39
On the subject of karate kids...
Now, I don't know if you guys are aware - but possessing a simple library card allows a man to access the http://www.newsbank.com/ archive for free from the comfort of his own home (or at least mine does), which contains digital copies of stories from local and national UK newspapers, many of which are not available using free services such as Google News...
Excepted from an article entitled 'Top fighters in 'Battle of the Celts'' in the Western Morning News - dated Thursday, October 12, 2000
One of the highlights of the evening was a demonstration of sword katas (forms) by <name of child redacted by L.M>, of St Austell, with her 9th degree black belt Sensei, Jon Alexander .
<name of child redacted by L.M> is just nine years old, making her the youngest person in Britain to hold a black belt for the Japanese sword. <name of child redacted by L.M> and John both wore traditional Samurai costume and she used a 26-inch katana (Samurai sword) to perform her katas.
<name of child redacted by L.M> (pictured above) impressed a crowd of hundreds at a martial arts extravaganza with her sword skills.
At nine-years-old, <name of child redacted by L.M>, from Bodmin, is the youngest sword lady in Britain.
Brandishing a sparkling samurai sword at the Battle of the Celts at Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay last week, she gave a demonstration of her weaponry skills with her coach, Jon Alexander .
I was a bit nervous but I just concentrated, said <name of child redacted by L.M>. Jon had told me some tricks to do if I got nervous and it worked.
When I had finished a little butterfly fluttered on to the ring in front of me, which Jon said is supposed to be a good sign.
<name of child redacted by L.M>, who trains at the Zen-Shin-Goju Karate-Kai Club in St Austell, was given loud applause for the demonstration, which was staged in between contests being held at the event in a variety of martial arts.
Aside from the whole '9 year old blackbelt thing', it must be quite strenuous to swing around a sword that's more than half your own body-length (average height of a 9y.o. girl is 47 inches, according to the internet) at that age, huh?
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9/07/2010 11:18am, #40
Purely as a matter of interest, are you able to translate the writing on JA's hachimaki here (may give us an idea as to JA's understanding of Japanese, may not)?
...and the writing behind JA and his students here?
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