A kata -- sometimes referred to as a form or set -- consists of one or more participants performing a pre-arranged of movements drawn from a martial art. Kata is:
- An instructional method
- A training and practice method
- A repository and source of techniques
- A performing art
This is the first year that I will be entering a student kata from my club at Monash Caulfield, and I am looking forward to the process of getting it ready.
My first choice is whether to prepare a traditional kata, or choreograph an original one. As the title of this article suggests, I will be opting for the latter option. While traditional kata are wonderful, their level of difficulty makes them better suited to a more experienced group. I look forward to training my students in traditional kata in the future.
My second choice is how to go about creating this new kata and preparing my students. My approach will be to first introduce a particular theme into training in the coming weeks, and then work with the students to create our own kata around this theme. I expect that:
- My beginning students will focus primarily on learning the techniques,
- The more experienced ones will gain from the exploration of connections and have some scope to contribute creatively
- This will allow me to
- take a themed slice through our curriculum
- set the scene for piecing together the actual kata.