This site is based on my daily practice of traditional Shotokan Karate-Do. I'm a Japan and international instructor based in Oita City. My dojo constantly has high-level trainees from all over Japan and, occassionally karateka from abroad, seeking true budo. More than anything else, unlike the majority of other karate-do websites, this page is primarily dedicated to training itself; that is, Karate-Do as a vehicle for holistic development.
Sunday, 5 September 2010
The Most Important Shotokan Kata
I was recently asked “What are the most important Shotokan kata?” To respond optimally, I thought I’d once again quote my teacher, Tetsuhiko Asai Sensei’s instructor, Masatoshi Nakayama. To supplement this, pictured here is Asai Sensei performing his tokui-kata `Nijushiho’, which ironically is not amongst the core shotokan-ryu formal exercises.
So what are the most important Shotokan kata? According to Nakayama Sensei “The basic Heian and Tekki kata and the free kata from Bassai to Jion are all the essential Shoto-kan kata. In 1948, disciples from Keio, Waseda and Takushoku universities met with Master Funakoshi at Waseda University. Their purpose was to form a viewpoint for the unification of the kata, which in the period after the war were subject to varied individual and subjective interpretations. The kata as presented in Best Karate embody the criteria for standardization established at that time.” (Nakayama, M. `Best Karate’. Kodansha International Ltd.).