“Like all clubs, we had difficult times in 2020 and 2021. We maintained outdoor and non-contact practice, when possible, but it is not the same as practice at the dojo in kimono. . »
One of the elements of satisfaction for the Anglet Karate Club is to have seen many children come to it. “We have up to 30 on the tatami. It is very good. We have the number of educators needed to supervise them properly,” assures Antoine Etcheverry.
Hope for a new dynamic
The regrets of the English karate master are rather linked to the overall situation of this martial discipline in France. “It bothers me that we are no longer an Olympic discipline. It was a nice showcase. But the structure of karate in Europe is too complicated. If the shotokan remains the most practiced form, other schools have opened up and Olympism is having trouble finding its way. »
While changes at the head of the French Karate Federation are announced for 2026, Antoine Etcheverry, who is also a member of the grades commission within the Aquitaine Karate League, hopes that this will induce a new dynamic for a discipline that is dear to him. In his eyes, it is essential not to stray from what constitutes the essence of karate. “The spirit of bushido which combines body, mind and technique. It is in this spirit that we want to work. »
With Japanese masters
For this, the Anglet Karate Club will join, from next year, the representation in France of the Japan Karate Association, the only entity officially recognized in Japan. “This will allow us to organize courses with real specialists like Minoru Kawawada or Masahiko Tanaka. »
In this expectation, it is a French master of karate who is expected on Wednesday January 18, 2023, at the Haitz Pean dojo, with Jean-François Tisseyre, 8e dan and federal expert, who will lead a course. “He is the best French specialist in shotokan”, assures Antoine Etcheverry.
He is also at the origin of the Ichiban kyokay, which aims to bring together the black belts of the department, with the aim of maintaining the values of karate which, in his eyes, has nothing to gain by becoming a sport. of combat without martial identity. “We see too many catch-all things, like contact karate, karate jitsu or even karate in music,” he points out.