I first trained with John in 2017 at a seminar In Birmingham, having read the Heian Flow System and Pinan Flow System books, and it was a lightbulb moment in my karate. The interchange between various kata that I had spent years learning all of a sudden made them become much more alive.
Since then, I have been fortunate to train with John on many occasions and each time I find new things learnt or something to go and improve. The clear process of the system accompanied by his wealth of knowledge in karate and self-protection make it a great tool to any karate-ka’s repertoire. The overlap and layers of drills which have a range of applications to various attacks aid the practitioner’s understanding of what these kata are truly about and capable of. From the last Pinan Flow System course, I found the failure cascades and fluidity between drills and kata to be extremely useful with each giving a host of options and subsequent back up techniques found within these kata.
Over the years I have trained under many instructors and John is one of the very best I have come across and his influence on my karate and teaching approach can not be understated.