A "Kata" (or form) is a set routine that combines basic techniques which practitioners memorize and perform individually or in groups.
AKDS practice employs kata as a form of body-building to aid in correct muscle development and control. As a modern tradition in general, some styles perform kata very fast with group members out of sync, snapping their gi with each movement, and yelling out "kiai's" as they go. Different from this more modern kata tradition, and thanks to Harada Sensei's genius in practice development, AKDS kata are performed in a unique way that improves the body condition necessary for economy of movement and lack of tension, while simultaneously maintaining power and control. Come join us at practice and experience the difference for yourself!
On each individual kata page on this website (found under the "Media" link above), a short line or paragraph will be included to shed light on the translation and possible original thought or meanings behind the names of each individual or group of kata. These ideas are based on a personal interview with Harada Sensei and some additional translation research by 2nd Dan Peter Enyeart who has studied Japanese and lived in Japan for nearly a decade.
Some of the standard kata we study in AKDS practice are listed below:
• Beginning Kata...
- Taikyoku Shodan, Nidan, Sandan
- Heian Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, Yodan, Godan
- Tekki Shodan, Nidan, Sandan
- Kanku Dai
- Bassai Dai
• Some more Advanced Kata...
- Bassai Sho
- Kanku Sho
• Bo Kata...
- Taikyoku Shodan w/bo
- Shu-Shi No Kon
Click on "Media" above to view some examples of basic AKDS kata being performed.
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