Sensei Leonardo Gil Beroes, a very well known and respected Shorin Karate practitioner and teacher, believes that a real Karateka is not meant to be a fighter, neither to obtain medals or trophies. Karate means to be a winner in life!

Can you tell us more about yourself?

I started learning  Karate in and now I am 3rd out of 5th Dan in Shorin Ryu and 4th Dan in Shorin Ryu Kobudo (Weapons). I teach courses about Self defense to all ages of people. I have also given lectures all around the world.

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After more than 48 years practicing karate, I have learnt that my worst enemy is myself. You are a real karateka if you never use your karate!

Your Skill/Talent is a ‘Gift’ for others to receive! Please tell us something more about your Gift that you intend to share/teach to others (or if you already do)?

The intention of teaching Karate is to help people (grown up) to deal with Stress and of course to gain knowledge about a practical self defense. For kids it can help to gain discipline (this is a basis of commitment focus and self confidence). For a building the base is concrete in a human it is discipline.

What are some of the unique aspects about your Skills/Talents? What can students learn and what is your teaching style?

All my Students can easily learn how to control themselves in any Stress situation, be a good help in the community and be courteous any time. Our Shorin Ryu Karate is based on WHY and not in HOW, like other styles. Shorin Ryu is from Okinawa, Japan and is a very traditional style. We don’t participate in competitions and believe that Karate is not meant to earn a trophy or medal. Rather, Karate is part of your lifestyle and is a way of living. Here, Jesse Enkamp explains the 10 differences between Okinawan Karate & Japanese Karate.

If you are interested then click here to Find out more about Shorin Ryu.

We do no practice Karate as a sport.  We have a different approach within the discipline and a certain attitude is needed in order to gain the most out of the training that we offer.

What you will learn with us:

  • Improve coordination and reflexes.

  • Discipline.

  • Confidence.

  • Fitness, endurance, health and flexibility.

  • Evolution and life style development.

  • Culture and history.

  • Stress management.

  • Protecting yourself and others

If you look back, has there been a ‘Golden Globe’ moment that is special to you and you feel proud about?

Yes, every Student of my school makes me feel proud and gives me strength to carry on.

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What do you believe is most important quality (or qualities) that a Student should keep in mind for learning the skill?

To have interest in learning, need to like Shorin Ryu Karate and we will develop qualities along the way.

In Sensei Leonardo’s own words:

I AM A KARATEKA

My life is spent inside a Dojo.
My world is different from yours.
My arms and legs are my weapons.
My mind is my battle field.
My life is spent with a purpose.
My average day is spent seeking perfection.
My sole lives in the time of the Samurai.
My defense is to never have to fight.
My skills are my tools that help my life.
My purpose is to pass on what I have learnt.
My Belt is a symbol of my efforts.
My achievements are marked by sweat and effort.

If you want to learn more about Sensei Leonardo, you can visit his site at http://www.shorinryu-amsterdam.com/

If you are interested in joining one of Sensei Leonardo’s Shorin Ryu class, click here to register.