On Sunday 24th July the Cambridge dojo hosted a 3 hour karate course open to all styles and grades. The theme of the day was hojo undo (equipment training) and kakie (push hands) with self defence. The start time was fairly early to allow everyone to make the most of the afternoon to relax. Despite having the furthest to travel, a group from Essex and London arrived a good half hour before the class was due to start. The chosen venue was Impington Sports Centre, a few miles to the North of Cambridge. Situated just off the A14 it was easy to find and the training hall was large and filled with light.
One could almost feel like a Tornado when performing this Kata, the ever whirling and turning within the Kata indicates energy with great magnetic force.
A drawing force that lifts you up and then puts you down with great ferocity, thus the pounding movement, just like an earthquake (Jishin in Japanese).
As to the second to last movement, which is the reverse punch this suggests, two storms colliding creating electrical thunder and the last movement which is turning fast, with Mawashi uke, could be a storm executing its combined authority and majesty
The Element present in this Kata would suggest Air and Wind
A group from Moscow have arrived at my Dojo for training and sightseeing, this is a great way to combine a holiday with training and the offer goes out to all IOGKF members in the world, you just need to e/mail about your date of arrival.
I can cater for a group up to 15 people; the amenities include Sauna, Showers and Kitchen, sleeping on Tatami with airbeds, all you have to bring is a sleeping bag so think about for the future.
Chief Instructor OTGKA