From Kyoshi David
Baker,Shihan Midtown Karate Dojo
Quantity AND Quality
We all know that it's important to do many repetitions of kata. For
to learn it so we can move on to the next kata, and for making the techniques
But we also need to be constantly vigilant in honing that technique.
trying to improve our moves through self-awareness, the assistance of
higher ranks, the mirror, and videotape.
So, our improvement is a result of two separate principles: quantity
Not just quantity alone: thousands of kata with no concern for technique.
Nor is it merely "quality" alone: a few kata, with great
awareness given to
We need to do both. A lot of kata, but constantly trying to do our
better than we did before. Otherwise, we're simply "burning in"
mistakes, making it much more difficult to correct them later.
Here at Midtown Dojo and at other Dojo throughout our system, we will
celebrate Master Ueshiro's birthday this month by conducting a Katathon
his honor. It is a unique opportunity to do 100 kata in a single class.
therefore also a unique opportunity to correct some of our mistakes.
"burning in" the correct technique.
So therefore, don't simply "put your head down" and do the
kata by rote, making the same mistakes over and over again, so that
virtually impossible to ever correct them in the future. Rather, I suggest
that you analyze the videotape of your kata now, before the Katathon;
it at slow motion playback to discover some of your more critical mistakes,
and then use the opportunity of the Katathon to eliminate those mistakes.
White Belts, also use this perspective to understand that the sooner
catch a mistake, the easier it is to correct it. That's one of the reasons
why we emphasize the fundamentals so much at your level. If you haven't
learned a basic technique correctly by the time you become a Brown Belt
Black Belt, it is that much more difficult to ever correct it.
So to sum up, it's important to do many, many kata. But as the saying
"It's not 'Practice makes perfect' but rather 'Perfect practice
Domo arigato gozaimasu and Happy Master Ueshiro's Birthday to one and
Kyoshi David Baker,
Midtown Karate Dojo
Hombu of Shorin-Ryu Karate USA
founded by Grand Master Ansei Ueshiro
under the direction of Hanshi Robert Scaglione