My name is Des Paroz, and I am a long time practitioner of a style of karate called Shorinjiryu, founded by Kaiso Kori Hisataka (1907-1988). Over the years, I have had the fortune to live and train in Japan (for almost 2 years), and also to train in dojos in Japan, Okinawa, the USA, Spain, Switzerland and my native Australia. I am fortunate now to be part of the Shorinjiryu Koshinkai Karatedo school of Shorinjiryu! I was formerly a direct student of Hanshi Masayuki Hisataka, the son of the style’s founder, and was also a student of Hanshi Shunji Watanabe, another of the founder’s senior students.
Along my own journey, I’ve had a strong personal interest in karate’s histories, traditions, philosophies and personalities, as well as of course the techniques and applications.
I am also a strong believer in the concept of Shin Gi Tai – the development of mind, technique and body. In this regard, I am an advocate of strength and conditioning for martial artists, particularly using the kettlebell.
In this blog and podcast I hope to share some of my experiences and occasional insights in karate, kobudo and kettlebell practice, so that others may read, consider, debate and challenge those. I believe that through this we can all learn.
I have a small karate dojo in Sydney, Australia (the Kengokan Dojo), and am a member of Shorinjiryu Koshinkai Karatedo Australia.
Please feel free to comment on any of the topics. I look forward to any discussion and feedback.
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