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#190664 - 10/09/05 04:14 AM Re: Training for Team Kata [Re: Kintama]
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Registered: 03/05/05
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Well anyways back on subject.

Break the kata apart and train only on a section at a time. working on timing and of course try to get your breathing in sync as well. then in the last month before competition start working on putting the whol kata together. but from the very first day you start to put your kata together start working on the Bunki section. it can be very dangerous if someone should mess up. start training that slow then work up to full speed power and focus, over a few months.
And for the love of god dont perform Unsu everyone does that kata and Im getting really sick of seeing it. Im sure the judges are.

#190665 - 10/10/05 11:28 AM Re: Training for Team Kata [Re: Victor Smith]
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Victor Smith

Excellent point--sadly enough.

Wish it were otherwise, but your rational of the Olympics and what sports get the coverage seems dead spot on.

Stayed up very LATE (or very early depending on your viewpoint) the last Olymics just to catch some of the "other" sport that don't get much coverage.
I did battle with ignorance today.......and ignorance won. Huey.

#190666 - 10/19/05 12:04 PM Re: Training for Team Kata [Re: znra251]
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Registered: 10/19/05
Posts: 116


affraid the long stances are just an (essential) part of the shotokan style, as opposed to say goju or wado with shorter stances.

This is something that really bugs me. Has anybody ever read Funakoshis 20 precepts? If so you should have read one that states "Beginners must master low stance and posture, natural body positions are for the advanced." How often do you see any high grade in a natural position? Ask yourselves honestly here. In my 16 years (in the KUGB) training I have NEVER seen any high grade train in a high, natural stance. This is something I started to do with high grade classes I taught just before I retired from my karate training and I don't think my sensei approved, but hey I was only teaching as sensei Funakoshi said (and I agree with his precept on this to).

Maybe you guys entering the team kata could try doing it in a high stance and see how well you do. I don't reckon the judges would love you for it.

Seriously though, although I hate team kata and think it is completely pointless (I would have been happy to take the time to listen more to peoples opinions and be open to argument but as I am no longer training I do not wish to) good luck with your training and at the event on the day itself!

To be honest I think even individual kata competitions are fairly pointless. Kata is a battle with yourself that is ongoing throughout all aspects of your training (of which all come from the kata core) and as such cannot be accurately judged by someone just watching and scoring you on your performance of techniques or comparing your performance to that of a fellow competitor. This opinion of what kata is all about probably sounds like text book bull crap blah blah blah - and I thought it was myself when I was a low grade reading about the nature of kata, but I now know different and I believe it.

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