Kata is a method of studying Kodokan Judo via prearranged forms. The founder of Kodokan Judo, Dr Jigoro Kano and other high-ranking judoka of past and present generations have codified the Kodokan Judo kata as a result of long and detailed research and practice.
The study of any Kodokan Judo kata is a challenging activity and a high degree of proficiency cannot be achieved in a day, a week, a month or a year. Achieving true mastery will require many hours of patient and diligent practice under the guidance of an experienced and knowledgeable sensei. This Forum is no substitute for such study.
The following elements are essential for the correct execution of Kata:
· Understanding of the basics of the kata being demonstrated
· Composure - proper mental concentration, decorum, and character
· Correct etiquette
· Correct breathing
· Correct posture
· Movement and transition between techniques
· Power and Strength
· Balance and body control
· Focus of technique
· Fluid body movement and gracefulness
In particular, all kata must been seen to flow. Any kata performance will break down if there is any hesitation during application. Furthermore it is always necessary to keep in mind the fundamental principles being demonstrated and the reason for the application of any particular technique.
In this Forum we will discuss the main kata currently adopted by the Kodokan, as well as those that once were part of the Kodokan syllabus, but no longer feature. We will also consider other judo kata that have their origins outwith the Kodokan.
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The Kata Of Kodokan Judo Overview
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