Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Organization of Junanahon kata

When you consider the amount of understanding and thought that goes into creation of a kata, it's awesome. You can't just grab a handful of your favorite techniques and throw them in and shake them up. There has to be an underlying logic (riai) to the selection, ordering, and execution. For instance, Junanahon kata exhibits several forms of organization, including:

  • generally easier-to-harder ukemi
  • techniques occur in complementary pairs, like gyakugamaeate and gedanate
  • progressively looser connection between uke and tori (atemi then elbow connection then wrist connection then floating throws)
  • progressively more flowing (later techniques are more indirect and take more time to execute)
  • progressively more movement involved
  • progressively more timing dependent
  • most immediately useful stuff first

What other trends or forms of organization have you found in Junanahon kata?
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