Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The fundamental kata of the Kodokan

If you were to take a guess as to which of the Kodokan Kata was the fundamental kata that Kano based the other katas off of - which would it be? Which kata did Kano have in mind when he developed the DNA of the Kodokan?
Maybe Nagenokata?
Maybe Koshikinokata? 
In Kano's Memoirs...
... I finalized the eight seated and twelve standing techniques for Kime no Kata. This was, incidentally, the fundamental kata from which the other Kodokan katas were created. (Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano, Chapter 57)
What WHAT? Kime No Kata!?
WHO would have thunk that?

photo courtesy of C. Gilmore

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Patrick Parker
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