Lots of kata is fine with me
I always enjoy a good kata class and today was one of those classes. Sensei Noia made sure that we did a huge variety of kata.
Kata, jog a lap, repeat….
We started out with one lap around the dojo and then a kata, then another lap and another kata and so on. We did Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan, Heian Godan, Tekki Shodan, Jion and Bassai all with a lap in between each kata.
After doing all the katas up to Bassai, we went back down from there and ended with Heian Shodan again but this time without the lap around the dojo in between each kata.
The parts make a whole….
For the rest of the class we worked on the higher rank kata. We started with Bassai Dai, doing the first few moves, then a few more moves, then up to first Kiai, then up to end and then entire kata. For the groups of movements, Sensei counted out each move. We also did the same with Kanku Dai and Empi.
We finished class doing three katas on our own. We were able to pick from two of the katas we worked on tonight and one of our choice. I finished class with Kanku Dai, Empi and then Sochin.
There is not a lot of text in this post but it was a lot of work. I lost count but we ended up doing somewhere around 24 full katas in an hour along with many groups or chunks of movements from each kata.
It was a great class and I hope we have more like it in the future.