April 7th, 2013
From Sensei Larry Link, Ueshiro Midtown Karate Dojo
Stimulate Your Mind and Body with Alternative Training Techniques
The 19 kata of Shorin-Ryu Karate USA offer us all a rich treasure of continued learning opportunities ("Gold" as Hanshi calls it....), pushing our minds and bodies into action and filling our spirits with Karate-do. Just by continuing to train and show up, we are assured of learning new techniques and knowledge. But how can we push forward our learning when performing many repetitions of the same kata?
Here are some simple techniques you can use to keep things fresh and interesting, while continuing to challenge the body and mind in the execution of each technique:
all the moves of a kata in one direction
Teachers - pick one or two techniques from the list and open your students eyes (and your's!) to a new way of performing the kata. Reinforce the idea that these techniques are for training purposes ONLY. When on the spot, we always perform kata as the masters intended - stepping first, with a two-second pause between techniques and execution at full-speed and power.
Arigato Gozaimasu Hanshi!
Sensei Larry Link