Okinawa Challenge 2015

Kata-okinawaOKINAWA CHALLENGE AND A QUESTION: “WHY DO kata 100 times?”

Given the unique challenge of Sunday’s Karate International Day, many will be such a question, Why do 100 times a kata? And other questions:

What do you want to test?

Well, just that you can make 100 reps. It demonstrates to yourself that you have the mental and physical discipline to be able to do that. It is not an easy thing, even for experienced athletes. Surely there will be a lot of martial artists who have never done 100 kata as part of their normal training routine.
It is a challenge. A test that is unlikely to ever forget. A special experience. Like climbing a mountain, or a trip.

What do you have to think while doing?

According Okinawan masters, as you progress through 10, 20,30,40 reps think about a lot of things, initially in the kata itself. Think if you are making the right moves, if keeping time with those around you, if you are doing a good Kiai.

Then start thinking about the surface on which it is moving, floor mat on the grass between the toes, sand beach, and analyze how you feel. Also thought of as making sure not to slip or stumble while moving.

After that, maybe around 10-20 reps, and you think about the heat and thirst and the ability to stop and drink water, but then when not to, and anger for more than 30 repetitions and then not worry him if seen or not correctly, and not think of the annoying details that surround him, or in the tired your body messages, and only began to feel the need for movements to flow, and the body He has accepted the sequence, timing and the mind relaxes. Wait until that time comes, the moment when you stop to think, where thoughts are no longer an obstacle. A higher state of self that Japanese culture and martial art masters the “MUSHIN” state.

What is the Mushin State?

Mushin is a psychological concept that defines a necessary and essential for combating mental state. At this time there is no thought or analysis, the mind is free to adapt to difficult circumstances. They are beyond fear, anger, ego, pain, thirst and hunger. The mind and body are free to act without the delay caused by the thought. And it is not that they stop thinking, it happens so fast that in the front row just left with the freedom to adapt to the environment.
For a swordsman, say Japanese teachers wise think is death. The sword is leading the movement, instinct, quick reaction. In turn many martial artists train for that state while practicing a kata.

Much has been written over the centuries about the ‘Mushin’. It is one of those concepts that many want but few easy experience. But training through 100 repetitions of a kata, pushing the mind and body, it may represent an opportunity.

Why Ananku?

Ananku means “Light of the South” or “Peace of the South”. It is a relatively modern kata and its main characteristic in its emphasis on defenses and attacks from positions that are used in desperate situations, when the fighter is cornered and can not go back.

Interestingly, it is the only kata Matsubayashi-Ryu in which defends backing. It is a kata which is important to keep up throughout the kata, if you do not respect this and the height varying shifts are too slow and technical completely ineffective.

So each kata has its meaning and history, each carrying a sequence of movements used in order to save someone’s life, each part of the master’s life that I think is a choreography of the favorite moves of a master those that every teacher wants them to teach and preserve.

So this day when every martial artist count the repetitions of your chosen kata also think about the long history behind this set of movements.

But let’s also remember that kata also have their own meaning and history. Whatever the kata you choose to carry out 100 times, you will perform a sequence of movements that were put together with a very specific use and purpose in mind. The intention of saving someone’s life. Kata are the expression of the science of self-defense and self preservation. Also the expression “personal art” the author of the kata.

Through the kata you can take a look at what your martial arts training was for them. Kata are distinctive – they all came from the life experience of a person, a tablet, a choreography of your favorite movements, they really thought worth preserving and teaching. They are like capsules history, transmitted from one generation to the next, because the contents have value. So when you do your kata chosen, again and again, you think about how you do that day echo the long history that stretches all the way back to its founder becomes.

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