Kata and Kata

KATA and KATA


The first Grand Master Hironori Otsuka elected 16 different katas in the Wado-Ryu system, which are KihonGatta, Pinan Nidan, Pinan Shodan, Pinan Sandan, Pinan Yondan, Pinan Godan, Kushanku, Naihanchi, Seishan, Chinto, Bassai, Jion, Nishaishi, Jitte, Rowhai and Wanshu. Although he felt the most important katas to practice are only the first 10 katas from KihonGatta to Chinto. He properly taught only the 10 katas to the Wado-Ryu disciples, because the same movements are already included in the other 6 katas. His idea was that, how many katas one memorizes if one cannot apply the technique, is a waste of time and stamina.

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In Wado-Ryu, the Kanji use for "KATA" is http://www.wado-ryu.jp/images/logo2.gif but the other styles of Karate are using the other Kanji. http://www.wado-ryu.jp/images/logo3.gif The first Grand Master Hironori Otsuka made this choice.

These two characters of Kanji are read as "KATA." The second character is also read as 
"IGATA"http://www.wado-ryu.jp/images/logo4.gif which can be translated as "Mold." The standardized goods made from the IGATA are all the same, it’s not transformable. Martial arts must never become an "IGATA."

It must always be "KATA." http://www.wado-ryu.jp/images/logo5.gif

The first character of "KATA"http://www.wado-ryu.jp/images/logo6.gif does not imply "IGATA" and it can be translated as a transformable shape. "KATA" is expressive; as a mirror is, it changes with every action and situation. A mirror figure changes just as its reflection does.

"IGATA" is dead ? It does not have an identity; "KATA" is alive. The dead "Igata" is utilizable for only one purpose. Because kata is alive, it can be utilized for many situations. Thus, when using the kata of martial arts, one must use it in accordance to the meaning and objective it has, or else it becomes useless.

To use a kata that is alive is difficult, but it is important in all martial arts training, while it is utilizable in the area of arts especially for one concerned with professionalism.

A kata that is alive itself is invisible, but the progress to achieve that stage of aliveness gives the kata a spirit.

Each movement in a kata was made to be practiced without an opponent. When practicing, it is important to imagine opponents all around you in all directions and remember the objective, the application and the usage of that particular movement.

The best method of practicing "KATA" is repetition. Although, after a period of time, one begins to better understand the procedure of one movement incorporating into the next movement. Of course, in some katas, a continuous combination may exist but one must not think about what comes before or after. While performing kata and following the order of the movement, one has to keep in mind to be ready for a sudden attack coming from any direction.

Each and every one of the movements put together makes a kata. Therefore to perform each movement properly, one must practice kata until being able to spontaneously move.

The first Grand Master Hironori Otsuka elected 16 different katas in the Wado-Ryu system, which are KihonGatta, Pinan Nidan, Pinan Shodan, Pinan Sandan, Pinan Yondan, Pinan Godan, Kushanku, Naihanchi, Seishan, Chinto, Bassai, Jion, Nishaishi, Jitte, Rowhai and Wanshu. Although he felt the most important katas to practice are only the first 10 katas from KihonGatta to Chinto. He properly taught only the 10 katas to the Wado-Ryu disciples, because the same movements are already included in the other 6 katas. His idea was that, how many katas one memorizes if one cannot apply the technique, is a waste of time and stamina. 

 

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