Kata - the ultimate karate training
With the upcoming tests and the test result emphasis
predominantly based (about 90%) on kata, I reiterate
the importance of kata training for maximum self-development.
Karate training according to an article titled "Training on
Okinawa in the 50's" from the karate web site Uechi-ryu.com in
part by George E. Mattson, President NAC and IUKF.
Excerpts are as follows:
"my Sensei stated that all the strength, speed, coordination, accuracy
and most importantly the "spirit" comes from the kata..."
"learning a block as part of a kata creates a different and more
effective "muscle memory" than a block simply repeated a
thousand times in the form of a drill."
"today Okinawan karate-ka build their strength and endurance over
long periods of time and mostly through exploration of form and kata"
"the original dojo where Kanbun Uechi ( the man who studied the
original moves in China) first taught, no exercises were taught as
part of the class....at least not in 1966."
"In essence, the power and the real fighting is in the kata- not
in the bagwork, etc."
I totally agree with the article.
In closing I refer to Master Nagamine's text where 80% of the
book is devoted to kata, 10% to yakusoku kumite, kumite
bunkai application, equipment (devises), makiwara and weapons,
and 10% to history. All 100% of the text is most important.
Even more important is for us to have an understanding of
all the aspects of karate, with proper emphasis given,
and to avoid injuring ourselves or our students because of a
misunderstanding of karate training.
And to recognize that kata and karate are synonymous.
"...the body and mind develop best through the kata."
My best wishes to all the candidates, their teachers and sempai.
Kyoshi, began his karate training 34 years ago in 1967. This
is his 29th anniversary as a Black belt under Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro- Hanshi
of the Shorin-Ryu Karate U.S.A. system. Kyoshi
Scaglione is the Chief Administrator of the original style in
the United States. He has traveled with Hanshi throughout the
U.S.A. and as his representative worldwide. Born
in Brooklyn, New York in 1938, Kyoshi served in the U.S. Navy
and in 1961 became a NYC Police Officer. He voluntarily worked
exclusively in high crime/ high hazard areas during his entire
20 year tenure with the NYPD. He served in many assignments in
all five boroughs of New York City including uniformed street
cop, undercover officer and as a Detective in the elite Special
Investigating Unit featured in the film "The French Connection."
He led the NYPD in felony arrests many times and has numerous
awards, citations and letters of commendation from Police Department
officials, Federal Agencies, District Attorneys, Grand jurors
and the civilian community. He retired from police service in
1981 in order to devote himself full time to the art of karate.
Kyoshi began his karate training in the NYPD. He continued his
training under Sensei Terry Maccarrone- Shihan of the Hegashi
Karate Dojo on Long Island, New York. He was Senior Instructor
at the St. James Dojo for five years. Hanshi Ueshiro, wanting
a dojo in Manhattan, asked Kyoshi to open a dojo in New York
City. He founded the NYC dojo in 1977, which became the headquarters
of Shorin-Ryu Karate USA several years later. After ten years,
in 1987, Kyoshi relocated to Merritt Island, Florida and founded
the Okinawan Karate Dojo leaving his senior student David Baker,
San Dan to continue operation of the NYC dojo.
Over 125 students began their training directly under Kyoshi
Scaglione and have attained black belt level. He continues to
work closely with all his black belts, including those who have
opened the (15) dojo/clubs on the mainland US, Hawaii, China, and in Israel. Among
his students are many professionals, doctors, lawyers, military
officers, police officers, business executives, artists, writers,
housewives, students and children.
Kyoshi is the co-author with artist Bill Cummins, Ni Dan of "The
Shorin-Ryu Karate Question and Answer Book" and has written
another entitled "Building Warrior Spirit." His student
David Seeger, Yon Dan, an Emmy Award winner, has produced several
karate videos with Kyoshi. He has written and assisted his students
in writing newspaper and magazine articles, film scripts on varied
subjects, novels, and stage plays. He has appeared on national TV. and radio, in stage productions, and at Universities and
schools giving karate demonstrations and lectures on self-defense
and assault prevention. Kyoshi's Has four sons. Sal is a San Dan Black belt. Robert
Jr., Dion, and Shane are all Ni Dan black belts.