Kata

kenyukan karate kata

                                                            GOJU RYU KATA

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 we believe like many of our 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 practised. 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 any more. 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.
Below, is the list of Okinawa Goju Ryu Kata practised at the KENYUKAN SO-HONBU




JOBI NO KATA
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 Knife Hand strikes

                             
TAIKYOKU KATA

Chudan Shodan
Age Shodan
Mawashi Shodan
Kake Shodan
Gedan Shodan

Basic 19 steps Kata incorporating
several block/counter combinations.
These Kata were created by Miyagi
Sensei for students to practise
balance and coordination


GEKISAI KATA
Gekisai dai Ich
Gekisai dai Ni
Gekisai dai San

Intermediate Kata I (closed hands)
Intermediate Kata II (open hands)
Intermediate Kata III (combination)


KIHON KATA
Sanchin
Tensho

Three battles (breathing form)
Turning hands (fundamental form
)

 
    KAISHU KATA


Saifa
Seiinchin
Sanseiru
Shisoochin
Seipai
Seisan
Kururunfa
Suparunpei
Tsuruken no Kata

Smash and tear (monkey)
Pull in and fight (tiger)
36 hands
Four directions of combat (dragon)
18 stances (snake)
13 hands
Praying mantis combat techniques
108 Goju's Masters Kata
White Crane Master's Kata

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