|Movement one of Shotei (dai) kata: Migi zenkutsu-dachi, migi kakuto jodan age-uke.|
|Joko Kata: 'Advanced kihon development kata' if intrinsically understood.|
Probably the most challenging 'technical point' for non-Japanese karateka is kakato chushin and, in relation to this, use of the vertical, horizontal and diagonal axises.
Yes, it is true that you don’t need anything outside of the standard Shotokan kata to acutely develop such points; nevertheless, practice of such kata can catapult one’s development forward and can also be very motivational.
Training, in my pre-teens, teens, 20s, 30s and now in my 40s, I feel just as motivated as ever in my Karate-Do: if not, even more `driven’! Kata such as Rakuyo are at the centre of this motivation; because, in addition to standard Shotokan, they trigger accelerated technical skill: via placing the bar much higher. This accelerated skill development is very satisfying, and additional technical variations always keep things interesting.
© André Bertel. Oita City, Japan (2016).