Ushering in a new Kata experience, I offer two categories of seminars, one for the martial artist and one for the non-martial artist designed to acquaint them with the health benefits of the kata experience.

For seminar information, please feel free to e-mail me at: FlyFishingDojo@Me.Com

The details are as follows.

Suggested For the Martial Artist:

  KATA LAB Kata Laboratory  KATA LAB
(working with your kata curriculum)

Will my unique Kata Laboratory benefit you?


Do you desire more from your kata experience?
Are you bored with the study of kata?
Why does kata never seem to flow seamlessly with kumite?
Am I merely dancing when I perform a kata?
Has my kata education been nothing more than a morass of “technical corrections”?
What are the spiritual aspects of kata?

Isn’t it time for you to self-discover and build upon the kata, that you already know?

I am so confident that you will find my approach knowledgeable and refreshing when compared to the old paradigm of “technical corrections” that I make an offer no other person has – You do not pay for my seminar in advance, rather, YOU ONLY PAY AT THE END IF TOTALLY SATISFIED. How many “masters” that offer seminars will do that?

Finally – a kata seminar using the kata of YOUR system, as YOU perform them as a means for you to SELF-discover the hidden treasures that lie within the science of kata.

How is this possible?

Having spent over forty years in karate-do I have always enjoyed not just kata, but what I call the “science” of kata. By the science of kata, I mean the study of kata, bunkai and related topics from not only a physical experience, but also one of the spirit. I have been extremely fortunate to have shared the experience of kata with many persons from distinct backgrounds and styles. I had enjoyed this very social experience since my earliest days of karate-do.
Then, in 2004, after a geographic relocation, my kata experience was transformed from the social, public experience to a private, introspective, personal one. My years of private, introspective, almost monastic, sweat-filled, devotion and practice of kata has enriched not only my physical understanding of kata but also my inner spiritual self as expressed through kata.

Intrigued? Here is a sample of topics and training drills from the seminar which include, but are not limited to:

Exploration of the small group dynamic as it limits one’s individual ability to understand kata;
Practical, hands-on methods to practice the relationship between kata and kumite;
3. Drills to learn to utilize kata in jiyu-kumite (free-style kumite)
4. Examination of and drills to deconstruct systemic kata so as to reconstruct kata as individualized within systemic demands as it relates to the martial ideology of Shu-Ha-Ri;
5. Unique approach to unifying kata and bunkai practice in one methodology;
6. Applying kata, kumite and goshin-jitsu (self-defense) as one methodology;
7. Procedures to construct a foundation upon which to explore the inner, spiritual aspects of kata-jitsu.

You can also preview a few of the Kata Laboratory articles and videos that I have made available to the public free-of-charge using this convenient link:

In addition to the seminar, each attendee that pays the seminar fee will receive a complimentary training manual (approximately 80 pages in length) featuring the seminar drills, commentary and narrative to continue your training.

Suggested For Everyone (NO Martial Arts experience required):

It is my firm belief that the formal procedures (exercises) of karate-do, called “kata” can benefit everyone without the burden of learning a complete karate-do curriculum. To this end, there are two Kata that I believe everyone can and should practice daily; Sanchin kata and Shibumi Kata.

While many articles and videos are posted for free that you can learn from, there is no substitute for personal instruction. Please use the articles on Sanchin and the Shibumi Kata to stimulate you interest in these subjects. As you progress through your practice of these two kata, feel free to e-mail me below for small group instruction.

1. Sanchin For Everyone:
The first seminar I offer is the traditional karate-do kata called “Sanchin” (pronounced “Sohn-chin”). Sanchin, which takes less than three minutes to perform, aligns and co-ordinate three aspects required for everyday life, breathing, bodily movement and state-of-mind. More information of the Sanchin experience maybe found on my “Try Sanchin Free” page using this convenient link:

2. Shibumi Experience:

The second seminar for non-martial artists is the Shibumi (pronounced “she-boo-me”) Kata. Sibumi translates as “Understated elegance.” It is a kata I created for a friend so as to allow him to endure the physical and psychological rigors of cancer and chemotherapy. Integral to the Shibumi Kata is the ability to modify not only how one feels physically, but also modify one’s emotional state and psychological frame of mind. A free overview of the Shibumi Kata, including video of the movements, can be found using the “Shibumi Kata” page tab above or this convenient link:

For seminar information, please feel free to e-mail me at: FlyFishingDojo@Me.Com

My best to you all,

Sensei John Szmitkowski
Karate-Do No Kyoshi

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2 Responses to “SEMINARS”

  1. Don Foote June 18, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    Hi John,
    Don’t know you but trained at Sensie Toms do jo in Pal Park 1968-1972 moved to Tempe in 72 saw your Kata at the lower Salt River. Small World. Don Foote Jr.

    • Sensei John June 19, 2015 at 6:35 am #

      Hello Sensei Foote – Thank-you for the comment. I started at the Pal.Park dojo in 1971 in the Junior Division under Sensei Nick D’Antuono and Sensei Dave Church, so our paths never really crossed; however, your name is familiar to me as custodian of the dojo records and files which I’m compiling into an “E-Museum.” In November 2014, I relocated back to NJ. Ten years of Arizona summers was enough for me. As you can see from the videos, I did very much enjoy the Lower Salt River, Canyon Lake and a few others. More videos coming this year – many featuring Hanshi Van Lenten and Hanshi Jerry Thomson. Thanks Again for the comment. – – – Sensei John

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