Kata – Goju Ryu Karate – Australian Goju Kai Karate – Shuseikan Australia - Improving your Karate techniques
These katas will also help you to become a better martial artists "athlete" with drills & exercises for agility, balance, conditioning, flexibility, speed, strength, etc.
A Kata is a pattern of movements which contains a series of attacking and blocking techniques. Kata were created and evolved by previous masters after many years of research, training, and actual combat experience.
Kata originally were teaching and training methods by which successful combat techniques were preserved and passed on. Practicing kata allowed a company of persons to engage in a struggle using a systematic approach, rather than as individuals in a disorderly manner.
A kata typically refers to fundamental movements in Japanese martial arts, but can refer to any basic form, routine, or pattern of behaviour. Recognizable patterns of behavior and clear expectations make it easy to recognize abnormalities (problems) and also serve as a basis of improvement, setting and attaining higher standards in all aspects of your life.
This is some of the best training for karate and information will help you to learn the basic katas for Goju-Ryu Karate so you can get ready for your next belt test.
However, if you have any questions about a particular kata movement, please check with Bernie Haughey Shihan
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What are Kata?
A Kata is a structured routine you practice deliberately as a beginner, so its pattern becomes a new habit. Kata are structured practice routines or protocols.
Practicing the routines of the Improvement Kata gives us a way to develop scientific thinking and acting. Once you and your team develop the fundamental, scientific skill that practicing the Improvement Kata teaches, you'll be able to develop further in mind and body.
With dedication you will be able to apply it in the pursuit of many goals and challenges not only in Karate but also in life.
A Kata is a pattern of movements which contains a series of attacking and blocking techniques. Kata were created and evolved by previous masters after many years of research, training, and actual combat experience. Goju Kai Kata originated from Chinese Kung Fu forms which were taught in Okinawa in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Many of the Goju Ryu Kata names are Chinese numbers symbolizing certain Buddhist concepts. For example, the highest Kata in Goju Ryu, Suparinpei meaning the number 108 in Chinese, has a special significance in Buddhism.
Kata is a set of pre-determined movements which consists of defensive and offensive techniques performed in a particular sequence. Each movement and technique in a kata is made up of selected elements suitable to circumstances of real world fighting. There are 12 Official Kata in Traditional Goju Ryu.
Kata is performed alone against imaginary opponents. It serves the purpose of developing good posture, execution of techniques and mental concentration (focus). Each step of Kata needs to be analysed and understood before the Karate practitioner can apply it to real fighting. Kata embeds strategies of fighting designed to expose different parts of the opponent's body and follow-up with offensive techniques.
Kata should not be considered as solely physical performance, it is the spirit of the performance that is the essence of the Kata. The right spirit must be presented in order to follow the principle of maximum efficiency. You must be in correct mental state for practice to be effective, attention cannot be paid only to the mechanics of the Kata but to harmonious cooperation of mind and body.
As we develop certain reflexes we also must develop certain mental qualities to accompany those reflexes as proper spirit to each technique, as Zanshin which is certain alertness or full mind by which we can control the opponent and respond to him.
Kata helps us to transcend beyond merely mechanical reaction to the many circumstances we could encounter into a level of "unconscious" reaction which we don't know what our action would be while doing it.
Through years of Kata practice, one can transcend techniques so that Karate becomes an "artless, art". This is the level of mastery.
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