Kyokushinkai has remained traditional throughout its history, with equal value given to both the physical and fighting elements together with spiritual and etiquette elements. Top fighters are expected to have strong moral and respectful qualities and one of the most important philosophies in Kyokushin karate is the need to persevere at all times. Waterfall training in the U.K. was started by Sensei Alan Jones in the early 1980s. It was then brought to Wales and Sgwd yr Eira (Falls of Snow) in 1983 by Sensei Gary Bufton and has continued every year with Shihan Terry Prescott ever present at the falls. Training at the falls is an important part of the continued training of one’s strength of character known as ‘osu no seisin’ or ‘the spirit of Osu. Osu implies a willingness to push oneself to the very limits of endurance, and to persevere under any kind of pressure.
Jim Johnston is a Photographer based in the UK with a focus on travel, adventure and technology. Jim has been fortunate enough to work around the World balancing personal projects with commissions from a wide range of commercial clients and editorial publications. In 2010, Jim was nominated for Emerging Artist of the year by the Royal Academy of Art West of England and has since gone on to exhibit in the Royal Geographical Society in London, Germany, Denmark and New York. Other acclaims include selection from over 10,000 entries to exhibit in The CIWEM Atkins Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014, the 2017 RBSA Photographic Prize, IPA Honourable Mentions in 2015 and in the same year, winner of the MIFA Environmental Essay Award. Recently in 2017, Jim was invited to the prestigious Copenhagen Photo Festival as part of the International Fine Art Censored Exhibition.