Karate Kata: the 30 Katas from Shotokan
Many of you ask me for documents about katas and I understand you.
Indeed, it's so convenient to have an educational support to refine the details of a Kata or remember a sequence that we would have forgotten ...
I hear you already say to me: - But for that we have Karate-Blog.com : )
Thank you, but it's not always easy to take videos to the Dojo. No?
While a book is ideal, and for Katas, I urge you:
Personally I own it for quite a few years and frankly I could not live without it. I use it almost daily, it is very well done, each kata is detailed with care and precision. It's really the top.
Sensei Roland Habersetzer:
I think everyone knows Roland Habersetzer which was one of the first French black belt (1961) and which created in 1974 an international organization gathering many Budokas, the "Budo Research Center" (CRB).
Sensei Habersetzer is 9ème dan of Karate in Japan and the author of the most important work in the world with no less than 70 works devoted to the martial arts. He is also a teacher of Taiji Quan and since 2005 founder of the Budo school "Tengu-no-michi".
I invite you now to go through with me this very complete book on the Shotokan Katas. You will see, you too, you will eventually not be able to do without.
In his Foreword, Sensei Habersetzer wishes to recall that " the Kata is the soul of a martial art, its essence, what must remain when all the rest will have been forgotten [...] The Kata is first of all a fight, against the others, who attack, then against oneself, then ... against nothing. "
« the essential is elsewhere than in the more or less aesthetic or more or less powerful interpretation of a simulacrum of combat«
30 Katas already detailed in Karate Kata, Roland Habersetzer wanted to add 3 Kata "origins" (Ten-no-kata, Tensho and Happoren) for us " to encourage one to search always, deeply, and to go back to the roots of "the art of the empty hand", far beyond styles.«
Kata, in the heart of Karate-do:
- Kata, transmission of the Tradition,
- Kata, key of knowledge,
- The classical Kata: different levels of reading,
- A long history between China and Japan,
- Shu-Ha-Ri: three steps for progression-understanding
- Hito-kata-san-nen: a kata in three years
- The ten key points of a Kata
- Panorama of Karate Kata
Practical advice :
Here, Sensei Habersetzer, gives us a lot of details and practical advice on the execution of a Kata by addressing various essential notions: (I will reveal only a few sentences, gleaned here and there)
Respect the outer form of each movement [...] Do not allow yourself to deviate from the style or design of the Kata, transmitted by generations of experts and masters.
Breath and rhythm:
Master teaches us 6 basic ways to breathe (Jusoku, Taisoku, Ubuki, Nogare breaths ...)
"Harmonize breath and movement. Poor coordination quickly leads to increased, unnecessary fatigue, decreased power and speed ... "
Control of displacements:
"A kata takes place according to a plan (Embusen), a diagram of displacements with respect to a central point (Kiten) [...] if one really wanted to respect the tradition, [...] it would be necessary to start and to conclude a Kata facing north. "
The inner feeling:
"Move from the belly. Move fast but without jostling. Act body and mind in unity: constantly live your fight, visualize situations, seek to understand. "
Then to finish this chapter on the execution of Katas, you will learn how to correctly present a Kata and especially how to run your Kata to "do body" with him.
Study of 30 Katas from Shotokan:
Karate Kata then decomposes into 4 Chapters
4-Kata of origins
All this on more than 430 pages.
Karate Kata so it's about fifteen pages on average by Kata. Imagine the amount of information that this represents: Embusen, complete description of each kata, drawing boards (very well made elsewhere), some bunkaï (a pity there is not any more!) ... In short, a mine of information.
I'm not going to detail here what is for each Kata, it would be too long.
But for you give an idea of the quality of these studies, I will put you some pictures taken at random in my own book.
Here, I hope that this quick overview made you want to buy Karate Kata, this essential work to succeed your Katas.
You will not regret it, promised!
And if you go through the links of this page, I will touch a modest commission. To your good heart
And of course, I'm waiting for your comments below !!!
See you soon,
"How to succeed your grade passes"