Keith Geyer has practised the art of Karate for almost five decades under the guidance of Stan Schmidt Sensei, whom he regards as the most prominent western Shotokan Karate practitioner in the world, a man who leads by example and has influenced thousands of karate ka in a positive way.
Keith has visited and trained in Japan many times in order to improve his skill and knowledge. Much of this time was under the expert guidance of the late Masatoshi Nakayama Shihan.
He regards the four months spent with the Japanese team when they were preparing for a world championship during the “Golden Era’ of JKA as one of the most significant times of his development. Training in classes that were taught by Sensei’s Nakayama, Kanazawa, Asai and Abe, and sparring on a daily basis with Sensei’s Tanaka, Mori, Yahara, in sessions that can only be described as ferocious where his main goal was survival, contributed greatly to his development as a karate ka. This exposure to so many karate masters deepened his appreciation for the spirit and traditions of Shotokan karate. Early morning training during this time in Japan was spent at Hoitsugan, Nakayama sensei’s private dojo. Keith realises that it was a great honour and privilege to have been taught by Nakayama Sensei, a direct student of Funakoshi Sensei, and the one selected personally to pass on the art of karate to modern day practitioners.
In September 2000, Keith, together with his brother Derrick, were both graded 7th Dan in Tokyo by a grading panel headed by JKA chief instructor Motokuni Sugiura Shihan. This was a landmark event in the history of the Japanese Karate Association because it was the first time that brothers were simultaneously awarded the senior rank of 7th Dan! Derrick, together with Schmidt Sensei, always demonstrated very unique fighting spirits and showed the benefits of strong, regular training. Following their example Keith sets high standards for his students, training them to develop endurance, speed and strength, which are skills and characteristics that can only be acquired through hard, intelligent, balanced and adaptable training. Keith has always understood the importance of a correct mental attitude and teaches his students to develop self-control and discipline, while always appreciating the importance of continuous training in basic techniques. Keith continually strives to improve his own personal standards and motivates his students to aspire higher, urging them to follow his own appreciation, enthusiasm and dedication to the art of JKA Shotokan karate. Keith’s lifetime of dedication to the art of karate, and his personal achievements as a karateka, were recognised In February 2015 when he was honoured by being appointed a member of the Japan Karate Association’s Shihankai panel.Posted on: May 29, 2015, by : admin