|" ''Tis the Season", collage, digitized|
Okay, agreed, I am a little quirky.
I do this daily blog when there is no need.
A gift, to me, is a comment left on this blog.
I still train in karate, 2 or 3 days a week.
Recently Roy commented on this blog about kata.
Treasured blog commenter Lynn, asked what is kata?
And I answered:
"Kata is a series of anywhere from
22 to 128 or more specific, continuous movements.
Each with a specific stance, direction,
hand and foot technique and focus.
I equate it to how figure skating used to be
when they had compulsories, and were graded
on performance against perfection of the techniques.
It is done individually, within a group or alone,
by count or silent, no music or staging.
|Rika Usami, Japan World Champion|
|Jodi Nguyen, Moreno Valley, CA|
It is my favorite of the three parts of karate.
Kihon (basics) is the daily rudimentary practice of techniques,
through repetition, focusing on correctness of technique.
Usually in a group, in lines, moving together ...
often, this is everyone's least favorite,
as it is definitely the hard work phase.
|Traditional kihon training|
Kumite, utilizes the basic movements for defense,
with a partner, or against multiple attackers.
This is probably the favorite of most karate-ka.
I think this is easier, as you have someone to work with.
|Brian Hilliard, USA Champion, photo by Angel Vineza|
In Kata, it is just you trying to get more correct each time.
Current female kata world champion is Rika Usami, from Japan.
I am adding a link to her doing kata, here.
I showed this to my eldest grandson, a 6'4" volleyball athlete,
and he stared intently throughout, saying WOW!
No doubt this is TMI, but once I started, where to stop?
Maybe one blog, just one time?
Several people said they are clueless to my passion for karate."
Maybe this explains a little bit.
Lynn asked, and this was my answer. I had to.
A smile for Saturday ...