HDKI – Hombu Dojo Podcast Episode 20: Juan San, the first intern.

Hi there!, a few months ago I went to Dublin, meet with everyone again after two years, also trained with Scott Langley Sensei, with Rick Hotton Sensei and had a hangover training session and talk with Ruadhán Mew and Ross Stewart (many thanks for that). I apologize for my terrible English, hahaha. I know nothing but speak about everything that I’m going through. Hope you enjoy it. all this at the Hombu Dojo Podcasts


We talked about, ownership of your training, how to continue after the internship, how it felt to go back to Dublin after 2 years, and some other things. Hope you enjoy it.


ENGLISH: HDKI headquarters intern #10 – Ismael Babeli

Few days ago I came back home after being a month in the Hombu Dojo, Dublin carrying out the HDKI internship. Little by little the fatigue is coming out, my body is still quite sore due to  the the intensity of the training and the living conditions of few comfort. Sigue leyendo «ENGLISH: HDKI headquarters intern #10 – Ismael Babeli»

10 concepts that I learned from Palma Diosi Sensei

During ten weeks I was in Dublin doing the HDKI internship, I was able to train with several instructors, mostly with the main instructors of the Hombu Dojo HDKI, although not only with them.

Specifically, with Palma Diosi Sensei I had the priceless opportunity to help her in classes for kids, attend regular classes with her plus the weekends’ squad training. Her way of teaching and coaching gave me interesting inputs that I’ll try to share with you through this article in 10 clear ideas. Of course, they are a product of my perception and understanding, so be kind to me while translating this experience. Sigue leyendo «10 concepts that I learned from Palma Diosi Sensei»

The HDKI-Internship a truly #KarateAdventure

Originally published at the HDKI Shinbun

As many of you know, the HDKI was born in March 2017. At the time I was in my first 10-Days Vipassana silence retreat, where the concept of impermanence is deepened and continuously explored in a practical way, only based in your experience, but I was unable to imagine that this fundamental principle of the universal law would manifest in such a way, so clear. When I left the retreat it took me a while to decide to open my e-mail inbox, but when I did it, I was shocked. Something was born in the meantime and with it, a whole new world of opportunities or that was what I thought. Sigue leyendo «The HDKI-Internship a truly #KarateAdventure»

Eighth and Ninth Week at the HDKI – Hombu Dojo Dublin

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Monday Dídac Sensei  invited me to teach the dojo in Barcelona, I decided to accept. I used the opportunity to train the twiching or immediate contraction of both legs to maintain a position that allows any kind of movement or reaction, a concept that we were working on at the Hombu Dojo.

Tuesday evening Dídac Sensei invited me to teach again, this time I decided to review Bassai Sho with the group without the intention of memorizing the kata but to work on the principles that are in it.

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Sixth and Seventh week at the HDKI – Hombu Dojo Dublin

If you want to read some of the previous articles I recommend you see the first week, the second weekthird week the fourth and fifth week and by clicking on each one of them.

Sixth week

On Monday night class with Sensei Scott Langley we split Bassai Dai into small pieces of kihon to work in detail complex parts of this beautiful kata, I recommend this video where Sensei Scott gives instructions on how to do it, click here!

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Fourth and Fifth week at HDKI – Hombu Dojo Dublin

If you want to read some of the previous articles I recommend you see the first week, the second week and the third week by clicking on each one of them.

Fourth week

On Monday the fourth week started with a class from the Sensei Jon Keeling giving some ideas about variations to practice katas, such as kata on a single line, on the same site, specular version or make an infinite random kata changing from one kata to another In the movements that could be understood as common between one kata and another. I leave the video in reality virtual -VR 360- of a part of the class click here!.
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Third week at the HDKI – Hombu Dojo Dublín

Wow! that week! Although the first week and the second week were great, this one was just great! From feet to head, full of imputs that have been very valuable to me.

As I commented in the second week post  Monday was a bank holiday in which I had the opportunity to go with Sensei Ross for a good dinner and a little of Irish atmosphere, however early Tuesday we were already with the corresponding morning training, we review what Sensei Scott Langley calls one of the karate principles, the spectrum of hip positions, from

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Second week at the HDKI – Hombu Dojo Dublin

As I said in the previous post on Monday we started with a great class of Scott Langley Sensei. Tuesday we continued with morning training, but this time we did a kata session. Tuesday continues with some classes of children and adult training with Ross Sensei, and then i started to feel the physical fatigue product of the first week of hard training.

Wednesday, we started with a condensed session of tabata that gave way to the second part of the shodan syllabus from which I leave a video below.

Sigue leyendo «Second week at the HDKI – Hombu Dojo Dublin»

First week at the HDKI – Hombu Dojo Dublín

As some of you know I was given the opportunity to do a internship at the HDKI Hombu Dojo in Dublin, Ireland. Last tuesday I arrived in Dublin with my backpack, two karategis and starving to train. Once at the airport, and after a hard night in which I tried to leave everything organized at home, Sensei Scott Langley was waiting for me, who kindly offered to pick me and welcome me as the first participant in the Internship that officially carries out the HDKI.

After a coffee and a delicious sandwich in the surroundings of the Dojo in Ranelagh, I was explained my schedule of classes in which I should collaborate and in which I should attend as a student as well as morning trainings conducted by the team of instructors. So that same day I attended with Sensei Palma Diosi (who is 20 times Hungarian National Champion and elite sports karateka) to three children’s classes, later with Sensei Ross Stewart who just over 2 years ago arrived from Scotland to join To the team of instructors of the Hombu Dojo and is also a JKS Champion.

With Sensei Ross I was able to participate in a class focused on the use of heel or ball as a pivot in the turns, specifically we worked on an example that is the 10th-11th / 12th-13th movement of Bassai-Dai. This time the front foot pivots on the heel and the back foot on the ball, this concept would also be dealt with sensei Scott Langley in training on Thursday afternoon, using some examples of the new syllabus of the HDKI.

Wednesday morning at Hombu Dojo and we started with an intense weight training, some of you have seen the videos on Facebook or Youtube or in this same blog in one of the previous articles morning trainings are characterized by being of high physical intensity always being mindfull.

Wednesdays is the day when you train with weights, dumbbells, ankle weights, as well as a weight vest. It is a training that lasts an hour and ends with the last minutes doing some Kata. «Juan, which kata is do not you know from this list?», I replied «Wankan», Wankan is one of the shortest kata of all Shotokan (24 movements), then proceeded in detail to perform movement by movement Different aspects that are important within it; Some important points to highlight is 1) in the first two movements (kaki wake uke) you have to look for the feeling of contraction and expansion, very important, 2) also in the 9th and 13th movements it is important to perform a block at the level of the head when you rotate 3) the same before carrying out the charge preceding the yama-tsuki (between movement 23-24)

The day continued with some children’s classes throughout the afternoon in which I had the opportunity to collaborate with Sensei Palma and later at the end of the day participate in the adult’s classes with the Sensei Palma Diosi. I find them very challenging, demanding your body to have a lot of freedom and a lot of relaxation and to remove a little Mindset from the kihon to get into a much more fluid and free dynamic. In this class I started a new kata for me … Hangetsu.

On Thursday the same dynamic continued with a morning training in which we used the elastic bands, as the day before a very demanding training from a physical point of view, later on I had the opportunity to attend some classes With Sensei Ross and later at the end of the afternoon with Sensei Scott Langley in his Thursday class in which we went deeper in the concept of swinging on the heel or on the ball with a very interesting kihon.

On Friday I ended up being a relaxed day in which I was able to recover energies to face the Saturday that is also a hard training day, so on Friday I took some time to go around the city and see some corners of Dublin that are nearby the dojo as well as going to Phoenix Park, the largest park in all of Europe.

On Saturday the training sessions with Palma Diosi begin with several children’s classes and then end with an adult class and a competition class focused on the aspects of kumite.

Finally comes Sunday which also ends up being a pretty relaxed day in which I have the opportunity to go to know the Guinness factory, and to recover energies for the week that awaits me … my second week, that begins with a kihon to enter into the field of Nijushiho. Here is a video of this class.