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Mulberry4000
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Ju no kata

I love this kata what do you think of it etc

Iain Abernethy
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I was shown this kata once by John Skillen just before a group training session; which ironically was focused 100% on striking. It was never show it by my Judo coach. That’s not a surprise because it was a competition focused club and kata was rarely done. I’m always curious about all forms of kata, and I had asked John to walk me through it.

Form what little I do know if it, I understand the “forms of gentleness” was created by Kano himself. Its purpose was to promote some of the key principles of Judo (softness and yielding) in a way that does not require direct supervision (no throw is completed).  

Personally, it does not appeal. It seems to “abstract” to me. That said, I really don’t know enough about it and its role to meaningfully comment.

All the best,

Iain

Les Bubka
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I have no understanding of this kata, but it looks like a great exercise for strength, mobility and stretching then to build throwing technique.

I will see my Judo friend in few weeks he is doing traditional one so I ask him about this one

Kind regards,

Les

ky0han
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Hi everyone,

I really love watching those Judo forms.

Kime no Kata is very interesting:

 

But my favorite Judo-Gata to watch is Itsutsu-no-kata:

 

Regards Holger

P.S. My Judo is very limited since I only trained in a regular class 2 times smiley

Iain Abernethy
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ky0han wrote:
Kime no Kata is very interesting:

I agree. Mabini also thought it was reminiscent of kata bunkai:

“Kata movement is meant to be used in a real encounter as it effectively uses physical strength, respiration and vital energy to mould technique. Kata is used against an opponent’s aggression and is similar to Judo’s Kime no kata.” – Kenwa Mabuni, Seipai no Kenkyu 1934

ky0han wrote:
But my favorite Judo-Gata to watch is Itsutsu-no-kata:

Never seen that one before! It strikes me as less kata and more “the principles of judo expressed via the medium of interpretive dance” :-)

All the best,

Iain