"The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants." -- Gichin Funakoshi

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Taking Stock

Kata! Here's what I know:

Taikyoku Shodan

Heian Shodan

Heian Nidan

Heian Sandan

Heian Yondan

Heian Godan

And here's what I'm supposed to know well enough to test with it in January:

Tekki Shodan

It's a short kata, with a straight line embusen. I shouldn't have as much trouble remembering how it goes as I do. But I've got time to get the muscle memory going. I just hope I am officially taught the kata soon. That would be nice to do tonight...maybe if there isn't too much focus on tournament training.


frotoe said...

I love that kata-we call it Naihanchi Shodan in my style. I love all the naihanchi kata (shodan, nidan, and sandan) something about the stance and the fact that you only go back and forth in the same line is kind of cool-like your back is up against a wall.

supergroup7 said...

The simplicity of that kata is deceiving. It is one of the most complicated kata to perform correctly. Moving with side stance, and crossed stance with control, and grace takes ALOT of leg strength, and development.

You will find your abdomen, and rib muscles aching from the demands of the techniques.. especially the Hook punch that demands good hip vibration to achieve.

This kata is one of my favorites.