FROM: AJ van Dijk — Chief Instructor Karate & Kobudo, Founder of The Digi Dojo
SUBJECT: "11 Days of Awesome" — Day 7
Dear Martial Artist,
My birthday is around the corner 🎉
And you know what that means: you get an it's-AJ's-birthday special.
So what's it about this year?
I'm turning 37.
On 11 June.
Combine that and you get a killer-combo: "11 Days of Awesome" 👊
From 1 until 11 June you can get pretty much all courses with a massive discount.
Think "Ido Kihon Pro", "Mobility for Martial Arts", "Advanced Wado Kumite" and the beststeller: "Keys to Crisp Kata" — to name a few.
Normally sold at pricepoints varying from €97,- till €197,-...
...you can get access for just 37 euro. And they come with 3 out-of-proportion bonuses.
It's my birthday after all 🙂
Every day, there's 1 course on sale — at random.
And today's AJ-turns-37 birthday offer is...
Boost Your Versatility with 23 Almost-Forgotton Techniques Of Traditional Karate — Make the obscure oldschool forms part of your arsenal for effective self-defense
FROM: AJ van Dijk — Chief Instructor Karate & Kobudo, Founder of The Digi Dojo
SUBJECT: The explanations, applications and drills are dedicated to show how to APPLY the forms and DRILL the movement so you can execute spot-on techniques like clockwork.
Dear Martial Artist,
Do you want to discover those oldschool forms beyond their shape and name?
Those weird animal-like handshapes that were normal for Higashionna, Itosu, Motobu and other pioneers that practised Karate before it was even called Karate...
If you want to be versatile so you can react to anything that comes at you with traditional Karate techniques like Koken and Kumate...
You're in luck.
Because what if I told you:
Sounds perfect, right?
Why is it then, that the majority of Martial Artists have NO CLUE how these oldschool forms actually work?
Unaware of how to train them. Unaware of their application.
Maybe they've seen pictures here and there. And they know a dangerous move. But they're just a trick, or Gyakuzuki with a different handshape.
So unfortunately: they can't use it.
But you can.
On this page I'll reveal exactly what you can do to...
In other words:
If you want to know how to become versatile beyond Gyakuzuki and discover the old ways in clear, practical and proven ways — keep reading.
my painful story That forced me to find the real answer (and run into the hidden problem)
While my classmates were doing their homework properly (or not at all), I was drilling types of the fist: shape + name. Out loud.
Seiken. Uraken. Tettsui. Ippon, Nihon, Yonhon Nukite.
And there are many more...
You probably know the oldschool forms — but do you KNOW them? Can you apply them without hurting yourself in a dynamic situation AND do you know when to use which one? 🤷♂️
I had NO CLUE when I got Ishikawa sensei's book.
To "learn" them, I designed drills like the above to memorise shapes and names.
Pretty cool, but it didn't help.
In fact... I hurt myself when I put it to the test. Twice.
It's an embarassing story really...
I (tried to) use Haito to hit one of those punching-balls on a fair. Ouch.
I had to seriously man-up to hide the pain for using it the wrong way.
And fundamentally speaking, I made the same mistake one year later.
Hey, what did I now... I was 15!
If only I knew...
- which weapon to use
- which target to strike
- from what angle
- how to align my arm
- and how to put my body behind it
...so I could deal with the impact rather easily (and deliver an effective blow).
Plus: know how to train that.
The good news is that you can access that knowledge rather easily today.
Many Karateka dream about knowing all the fancy stuff. Weird hand shapes and oldschool ways to strike...
The reality is that most Martial Artists have seen pictures or a video. And they do Gyakuzuki with a different handshape.
That's "The straight-punch problem".
Hidden in plain sight.
I was fortunate to learn from Ishikawa sensei who taught me a loads of oldschool stuff. Pointing out the straight-punch problem quite early in my journey.
That said, I still tried stuff on a fair. In my backyard.
And after failing miserably too many times I felt forced to find the real answer.
You see, I didn't want to copy-paste some techniques from Ishikawa sensei and call it a day. Because deep down I knew I didn't really know them.
And remember I hurt myself putting it up to the test?
Clearly I didn't understand the techniques well enough yet.
That was the turning point 🔥
🔥 On top of Ishikawa sensei's teaching, I started to research all I could. Even extreme stuff like Monkey Kung Fu.
🔥 Ishikawa checked my moves and findings that allowed me to test loads of stuff.
🔥 And finally — I got a feel for how to apply them.
Years later after Ishikawa sensei passed away (2008), I was able to discover even more through Sakagami and Yokoyama — and reach fundamental level.
That's when I could finally "see" the full circle. How all of them were connected fundamentally.
It's versatility through fundamentals.
There are effective ways to train this which I'll reveal on this page.
And here's why:
Most Martial Artists stick to straight punches — or Haito and Shuto at best...
Don't misunderstand: your focus on a straight punch is good.
Your straight punch is the fundamental principle of Karate. It's lifeblood.
You can use it to strike effectively. Fast and strong. And your instructor will have a smile on his face when he sees your best Gyakuzuki performed 👍
And if you're ok with an arsenal that limited, that's fine...
But. My guess is you're on the edge of your seat to find out how to master the oldschool techniques:
- Become more versatile
- Understand, feel, and apply alignment
- And use parts of your body in ingenious ways
Many techniques you want to know are not in our Kata. And the few that are? They're executed in too straight forward ways that don't reveal their actual use and effectiveness.
Unless you have access to that knowledge.
And that right there, is "The Practise Problem".
Do you have good news AJ?
I do 😃
I noticed Karateka that are crazy about the traditional side ALWAYS show interest in the obscure ways to use the fist.
"So now there's a collection of fundamental-based explanations that go beyond form.
Plus it includes training methods and pairwork you need to master them"
What if the straight-punch and practise problem didn't exist?
You're in a clinch. And your average punch won't work because you don't have the space.
Your short range punch won't work either. It's his arm — blocking your very last option.
But there it is...
The gap in his Kamae a straight punch, or Haito can't reach.
Still — you hit him with a strike nobody in your Dojo even knew existed.
And your friend can't help to wonder what just happened...
Actually, it's quite normal if you practise the methods and pairwork that are designed for it.
It's one of my favorite techniques for close range fighting (fast, surprising and pretty much invisible if done right)...
And if I can do it, YOU can pull it off too.
Would you like to know how to use it, train it, from what angle, when and where to hit?
And for the other 22 ways too?
It's all inside Mastering Shiyobui ⬇️
And to make absolutely clear how they work and what methods you need to develop the oldschool fist styles...
...there are lessons dedicated to teach the shape beyond the form and seperate videos going into drills and applications so not a single bit of information is rushed.
You get access to absolutely everything you need to dramatically increase your versatility, knowledge and performance of the old ways.
here's what other martial artists got from Mastering shiyobui:
"THIS COURSE DEFINITELY DID NOT DISAPPOINT!"
The new ways to apply the fists were eye opening and the application for kumate was very informative. Because of that, I'll definitely be keeping my mind open to even more ways to apply the basics beyond what I've learned. I'm glad that I got it and would definitely recommend this series to anyone who wants to study the basics of karate in a new way.
Matthew Allen — USA
Here's what you get:
With Mastering Shiyobui you...
And also this...
And of course this:
And this too...
And even this:
And this is less than HALF of the instructional videos inside Mastering Shiyobui...
Total value so far: €997,-
Summarised, Mastering Shiyobui not only provides beyond-basic explanations...
...it also gives you access to training methods and pairwork specifically designed to master the old ways.
For example, the application of Hirabasami forces you do to do it right (starting at 2:27) — so you can't go wrong.
Your ways to attack and overcome the opponent drastically increase, from large to close range. And from devastating moves to fine actions that free you from his grip.
and there's more!
get 5 bonuses on top if you decide now (€238,- value)
No matter how many forms you know — they must be the result of rock-solid fundamental movement. Attached to your core. So when you get Mastering Shiyobui now you also get these 5 bonuses:
- The Best Fundamental Video I Ever Made (value €47,-)
- Kushanku — from 60+ Moves to 3 Keys (value €47,-)
- The 5 Fundamental Components of Niseishi (value €97,-)
- The 2 Wado Core Principles (value €47,-)
- + 3 Seminar Hacks (PRICELESS)
Get Mastering Shiyobui now to get them for free (do it before time runs out).
"The Best Fundamental Video"
You'll discover what fundamental means and especially how that affects your techniques. More importantly: You'll know what is key to focus on in your training so your techniques improve MUCH faster. The knowledge revealed in this video allow you to apply the 80/20 rule to your Karate training so your "Shiyobui Skill" grows faster than you can imagine.
"Kushanku — from 60+ Moves to 3 Keys"
Reduce 60+ movements to 3 Keys that finally let you see how it's all connected so you can improve your Kushanku overnight. Simply apply these 3 keys to all Shiyobui to at least double their effectiveness.
"The 5 Fundamental Components of Niseishi"
The 5 Fundamental Components of Niseishi that go so deep you can't imagine I would put it in a video and give it away for free. Connect this advanced body movement to your arm and your weapons become even more effective.
"The 2 Core Wado Principles"
In this presentation (23:47 min), you'll find out what the 2 Wado Core Principles are. So whenever you apply you newly discovered fist-styles — execute them following Wado's core principles.
"3 Seminar Hacks"
During a seminar from Suzuki sensei with say 100 people, I managed to get one-on-one attention from him...
...while the other 99 Karateka practised by themselves without getting ANY feedback from him. I share the story AND how I pulled it off (so you can 'copy me' and take advantage too).
*The pulled-it-off strategy is 1 of the 3 hacks.
And there's more!
SPECIAL BONUS bIRTHDAY BONUS
"The Extra Awesome Edition"
1/3: wadokai BOOK feat. sakagami & nukina €97,- 27 EURO
Inside the ebook you'll find key points that instantly makes your techniques look better. And principle-based explanations so you can tell right from wrong with confidence.
- 6 Ido Kihon (From Junzuki to Tobikomi-Nagashizuki)
- All 5 Pinan Kata on consecutive pages so you can study without turning pages.
- 5 Kihon Kumite with close-ups revealing targets precisely
- 5 Kihon Kumite Ohyo that reveal Wado's hidden techniques
- 5 Tanto Dori demonstrating Wado's Koryu heritage
*The book is sold out. There's no reprint, and the ebook is not sold seperately. But you can get it here.
2/3: THE ISHIKAWA SPECIAL — Priceless
40 videos feat. Ishikawa sensei.
- DVD recordings
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It's waiting for you inside The Vault.
3/3: The Karate Class Collection €2.575,- 197 Euro
Secure Your Karate Training With 30+ Designed-To-Follow-Along Classes While Improving Your Skill At The Same Time — Including
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here's the deal (day 7)
✅ Mastering Shiyobui — Value €997,-
✅ The Best Fundamental Video I Ever Made — Value €47,-
✅ Kushanku: from 60+ Moves to 3 Keys — Value €47,-
✅ The 5 Fundamental Components of Niseishi — Value €97,-
✅ The 2 Wado Core Principles — Value €47,-
✅ 3 Seminar Hacks (PRICELESS)
BONUS: "The Extra Awesome Edition"
✅ The Karate Class Collection — Value €2.087,-
✅ The Square-Meter Methods — Value €97,-
✅ The Square-Meter Series — Value €197,-
✅ Fundamentals of Advanced Kata — Value €194,-
✅ Wadokai Book feat. Sakagami & Nukina — Value €97,-
✅ The Ishikawa Special — PRICELESS
TOTAL VALUE: €3.907,-
Regular pricing: 321 euro
YOUR DEAL TODAY: 37 euro
I want to make sure you too can access the beyond-basic explanation of the oldschool fiststyles — about what actually matters.
And: to provide you with solo and pairwork trainingmethods and drills you need to master this.
Imagine how many hours of training you can spend EFFECTIVELY — simply because you shortcut your trial and error years (hoping to find out the ways that work in the first place)
You won't find this knowledge and matching exercises anywhere else.
who this is for — and who is this NOT for?
Mastering Shiyobui is ideal for Martial Artists like you that want to become more versatile and able to use the oldschool techniques.
These methods works 100% of the time for 100% of the Martial Artists that start using them 100% 👊
WARNING: if you think "I'll watch a few videos and magically use Kumate next time sparring", you better stop reading.
You'll love the in-depth content, mythbusters, exercises and pairwork — but you'll not get the hang of it if you don't practise.
This is for you if you're looking to discover how the oldschool fiststyles really work including how to practise them.
why get mY course?
My name is AJ van Dijk, dedicated to Martial Arts since 1996. I've studied under and taught alongside Ishikawa, Nukina, Sakagami, May and Yokoyama sensei — among the best in Wadokai & Shorin Ryu Karate and Okinawan Kobudo.
Next to my training, teaching senior instructors internationally and being the author of several books including the bestseller "Wado No Michi"...
...I've studied closely with Naoki Ishikawa who is one of the few instructors I know that actually taught the various oldschool ways.
I was fortunate to learn Wado's curriculum from him completely before he passed away in 2008 — including skills beyond the curriculum.
After loads of persuasion, I managed to convince Ishikawa sensei to shoot a DVD. We discussed the whole project that I created from zero to end product ⬇️
During this time we discussed, planned and evaluated recordings and the contents of his DVD. Naturally, the oldschool ways were discussed in depth.
We called on the phone for 30 minutes up to 1 hour per day — heck, I even lost a girlfriend over it.
I've accompanied him to several international and local seminars. That provided me with numerous occasions to ask, discuss and practise the old ways (especially the ones he didn't show to the general public).
Mastering Shiyobui is exactly as Ishikawa sensei taught me — including knowledge I learned from his son Hiroki Ishikawa sensei.
That, plus skills I got from Sakagami and Yokoyama sensei turn Mastering Shiyobui in a practical package.
Based on fundamentals with deep contents, well beyond the shape so you can apply this effectively.
Access this course today to transform your skill.
expand your arsenal with unshakeable samurai-like confidence!
It's simple. If you take the course and do the exercises you WILL see results. 100% Guaranteed.
So if you don't, simply send me a video within 30 days of your training so I can see it doesn't work for you. When I see you do the training properly and it really doesn't work, I'll refund your investment the very same day.
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