Kata


The picture shows Miki Nakamachi performing kata during a tournament.

What does Kata mean to you? Many karate practitioners interpret it in different ways. This article will attempt to bring some clarity and explain how a Karate-ka can benefit from performing kata. By Derick Kirkham The Meaning of Kata? What is the meaning of Kata? What’s it all about? What’s the point of it? Many people have asked me these questions over the years. Among them were members of the general public, novice students, advanced students, teachers of the subject, kumite specialists, kata specialists, sport-only karateka, self-defense enthusiasts, petty politicians in karate, pundits,......

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Mikio Yahara: Unsu is my Life! Interview

There have been many very dynamic Shotokan karatekas. Today, we would like to introduce you to Mikio Yahara, chief instructor of the KWF. Like most karateka he has a signature kata. For Mikio Yahara it is unsu. In the below incredible interview he reveals his passion and the challenges of the kata. Unsu: A reflection of Life His incredible jumping power and his flexible body movements are leopard-like. Especially in kumite, he utilized his flexibility and became a very unpredictable fighter. Even by the age of 71 he is still quick and sharp......

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“Learn to Move”: Kata as Movement Based Learning

Kata belongs to the three k´s of karate: Kihon, kata, kumite. But although it has an elementary function most karateka do not use it as a trainings tool. Although it teaches to move. By Florian Wiessmann Before you do a kata, ask yourself what you can learn from the kata. Manabu Murakami What can we learn from kata? This quote was published on The Shotokan Times a while ago with the friendly permission of Jeff Christian. So, let us take it seriously and ask: What can we learn from kata? Before we give......

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Gojushiho Dai and Sho: The Solution of the Confusion

The naming of the Gojushiho Kata differs between associations. Some call the longer Gojushiho Kata “Dai” and the shorter “Sho”. Myths emerged about the reason for this confusion. Some revolved around JKA Chief Instructor Ueki Masaaki. Today, Peter Crawford is going to shed light on the history of this paradox and he is going to give us an answer that seems to solve the Gojushiho Riddle. By Peter Crawford The Ueki Masaaki Legend The first time I encountered the legend about Ueki Masaaki mixing up the names of the Gojushiho kata he was......

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Koji Arimoto is a Shotokan prodigy. The world champion of 2012 has displayed his excellent skills in several Kata videos lately. One of the most astonishing is his explanatory video of the Unsu jump which was published by Andre Kok. He not just explains the right motion. He also shows its Bunkai. Koji Arimoto About his Technical Education Hi tremendous technical level comes stems from the rigorous education of his Sensei Masao Kagawa. In a recent interview with Karate-K.com he described what it means to take part in Masao Kagawas master class and......

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How to Use Taikyoku Shodan for Kumite Practice?

For advanced Karateka, Taikyoku Shodan seems rather boring. The Kata only consist of Gedan Barai and Oi-Zuki. Many deem it as beginner kata and forget that the simplest thing ofter become the most challenging. That is why many dojos do not practice it. And many Karateka do not know it. This is undeserved because the kata has a great potential and can be used as a challenging training regime especially for kumite. Taikyoku Shodan for Kumite Practice Sensei Keigo Shimizu shows in the following video one way how to use it effectively in......

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Vote: Best Unsu Performence

Unsu 雲手, which means literally “cloud hands”, is by far one of the most difficult Katas and a strong indicator for athleticism and technical mastership. Practicing it requires tremendous body control and mental focus. Last week, we presented you an stunning application of the Unsu jump by Koji Arimoto. This week we want to elect the best Unsu performance we could find in the web. Please, write the number of your favorite performance in the comments. 1. Rebecca Nakamichi (until 1:42), video by kuro-obi world 2. Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa, video by z0az0az0a 3.......

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Have you solved the online Kata puzzle?

Especially for beginners, to learn a new Kata can be challenging. To make it more easy the website karate-kampfkunst.de offers online Kata Puzzles. We find it an excellent and innovative way to teach Kata. In paticular, children will find it easy to memorize them in a playful way. Unfortunatly, they provide not all 26 Kata. If someone has programming skills on his disposal we would invite him or her to develop the rest of them for us. Have fun solving!...

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