There are combined* Kata in Kenyukan , and they reflect the perfect harmony between Okinawan and Japanese Goju Ryu Karate Do, Okinawan
Kobudo and Tsuruken.
Without compromising the "core" of the Kata, they have been arranged according to the student's ranks, and they represent a very comprehensive
research and study of both Karate systems, plus the incorporation of Okinawan weapons into the syllabus.
Much has been written about Kata, and the effects they have in the overall study of Karate-do. Without going into controversial debates here, suffice is
to say that Sensei believes like many of his peers, Karate could not be what it is today without the "essence", - namely, the practice of Kata.
All research seems to indicate that, the Masters all agreed in the meaning of Kata, and the way they should be practiced. However, and depending on
the style, many have created very "radical" expressions of Kata, and for others they have become better known as "necessary" burdens, or basically
"just good enough for Tournaments"
Some have been changed and modified many times, to the point where, no one knows what the original was like anymore. It seems that the advent of
Tournaments and the price of fame, has brought some Instructors to knowingly change things to suit themselves, without regard for the work and
dedication our forefathers put on the development of these Katas.
Now we see the proliferation of Kata that until recently were considered "classics", being changed and modified, so they can score higher points at the
local Championship. Some of the more appalling examples have been those where flying kicks, rolling on the floor and some other fantasy moves have
been added, to make them more competitive!!.
Students should be aware of these practices, and should without any hesitation, ask their Instructors whether they are learning the authentic, or the
Tournament version of them.
Uke No Kata
Shotei No Kata
Kobushi No Kata
Hiji No Kata
Te-Shuto No Kata
Basic 5 blocks Kata
Basic Palm Heel Strikes Kata
Basic Thrusts with Fists
Basic 5 strikes with Elbow
Basic 5 strikes with Knife Hand
Basic 19 steps Kata incorporating
several block/counter combinations.
These Kata were created by Miyagi
Sensei for students to practise
balance and coordination
Intermediate Kata I (closed hands)
Intermediate Kata II (open hands)
Intermediate Kata III (combination)
Gekisai dai Ich
Gekisai dai Ni
Gekisai dai San
Three battles (breathing form)
Turning hands (fundamental form)
Smash and tear (monkey)
Pull in and fight (tiger)
Four directions of combat (dragon)
18 stances (snake)
Praying mantis combat techniques
108 Goju's Masters Kata
White Crane Master's Kata
Tsuruken no Kata
Kata should be practiced daily. There's no excuse for failing to do so. Some only take a few seconds to complete. You must practice your Kata with
the heart, and if you have a good teacher, he would have shown you the best way to understand what you are doing.
Always practice the "form" first and then graduate towards the more intricate movements within the Kata. Add the applications and bunkai steadily, and do
not try to rush into the more advanced techniques without having a grasp on the basics.
When practicing with weapons, keep reality with you, and do not pretend you are invincible. There's always someone better than you!
In the best of circumstances, there will always be something that you are not doing well. Do not be afraid to ask your Instructor for guidance. That's why
you are paying him for!
Concentrate on your Kime, Dachi, Ma ai and breathing techniques while practicing Kata, and place yourself on the "field of combat".
You are not alone, you are defending yourself against one or many opponents. And they are not dead either!
Make the practice of Kata, quality time. Pretend you are one of the finalist at the local Karate Championship and go for gold! The worse you could do is
to come second!
Katas are there for the refinement of your Karate training, and they should be used as such. Do not neglect hundreds of years of development because
someone said they look like dancing. Most of them can't dance anyway!!
|KATA GRADING REQUIREMENTS
*Below is the Kata required for advancement starting at white belt level. Students at green belt level start the practice of
Kobudo, and the Kobudo kata is then incorporated into the curriculum.
|KATA REQUIRED FOR GRADE. INCLUDES OKINAWA KOBUDO KATA
|BEGINNER, NO KATA REQUIRED
UKE NO KATA, HIJI NO KATA
KOBUSHI NO KATA, SHOTEI NO KATA, TE-SHUTO NO KATA
TAIKYOKU SHODAN - AGE,CHUDAN,KAKE, MAWASHI,GEDAN
SANCHIN, GEKISAI ICH, GEKISAI NI PLUS OTHER KATA
GEKISAI SAN PLUS ALL BUNKAI
SAIFA PLUS ALL OTHER KATA
SEIINCHIN, BO KIHON ICHI PLUS ALL OTHER KATA
TENSHO, SEIINCHIN, TENRYU NO KUN, KATA NO SAI SHODAN ALL OTHERS
SANSEIRU, SHUJI NO KUN SHO, PLUS ALL OTHERS
SANSEIRU, NI CHO SAI , PLUS ALL OTHER KATA
SHISOOCHIN, SHUJI NO KUN DAI, ICHIKAWA NO SAI, PLUS ALL OTHER KATA
SEIPAI, MATAYOSHI NO TONFA, SAKUGAWA NO KUN PLUS ALL OTHER KATA
SEISAN, KURURUNFA CHIKEN NO KUN, TZUKEN SHITAKU NO SAI, HAMAHIGA NO TONFA, NICHO KAMA
SUPARUNPEI, CHATANYARA NO SAI , YAKA NO SAI, MATAYOSHI NUNCHAKU PLUS ALL OTHER KATA
|List of Kata practiced at Kenyukan