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. 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!
NOTE: When translating martial arts terms, the meanings of the names of the kata are especially ambiguous. Harada Sensei has stated that even Japanese karate practitioners (including himself) aren't quite sure just what some of them mean. Theoretically many of them are based on famous duels that occurred in the distant past, and theoretically some of the names may have something to do with the circumstances of those duels.
The "Taikyoku" kata seem to have reference to the idea of "NOBLE" or "INTENSE" maybe portraying "THE HIGHEST EXTREME."
Below are videos of the first three beginning kata that all AKDS practitioners embark on a study of, performed by 5th Dan Jeremy Crook. Following these initial three, are two "weaponized" variations developed by KDS for additional muscle control training...
NOTE: Just as the meaning of "Taikyoku" was briefly explained above, 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 personal interviews with Harada Sensei and some additional translation research by 2nd Dan Peter Enyeart who studied Japanese and lived in Japan for nearly a decade.