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

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Class was good last night. Rough because I'm out of practice, but good. We started off working our way through the kata. Hanshi had us make a sqare around the dojo facing inward so that we had to really focus on what we were doing while at the same time being totally aware of what was going on around us. Between each kata, we'd have to switch sides of the square - nobody faced the same direction 2 kata in a row. I did fairly well until we got up to Heian Godan - that one totally escaped my brain. I had to look it up after class before I remembered it was the one with the jump in it. Fortunately, we stopped before Kanku Dai. I'm only confident about the first 1/3 or so of the moves in that one yet.

The last half of class was devoted to bunkai for Tekki Shodan. Very neat stuff.

Hanshi told me last night that he wants me ready to test in August. Um...that's next month. Yeah. I'm terrified. Time to get majorly serious. Maybe this was just the kick in the gi pants I needed.


supergroup7 said...

Test? As in for your Shodan????

Because you are 1st kyu already.. right? So you will be testing for black then?

Next month?... Oh gosh! So soon!

Anonymous said...

The hardest way to do kata, as I have ever exspeienced it is by blind folding yourself and having someone else rotate you about 540 degrees. Then you start the first kata, when you finish he does it again. I swear, that is the hardest thing I have ever attempted to do kata wise in martial arts.

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somaserious said...

Shodan...I'm testing for my in Koro Ken (based on Goju Ryu) on August 29, so I feel your nervousness!! It's so exciting! Good luck to you, it's a very powerful feeling.