Katas are the
mainstay of the style or system under which you study. From
the beginning of time, masters have formulated systems of
combat, and developed ways of practicing these systems which evolved
into prearranged forms now know as Katas. These systems , or katas,
were handed down from family to family in secret for many years.
Without katas, it would be very difficult to learn technical
movements correctly and to under-stand what they are and what they
mean. 90% of all movements are simple to interpret. The other
10 percent are hidden or secret movements The American Open
Style Karate includes three basic patterns or pathways of kata
varying in degree of difficulty as rank progresses. All kata
patterns terminate at their original starting positions.
Beginner - I or H Patterns
Intermediate - Pine Tree Patterns
Advanced - Straight Line or Star Patterns
KATA must be practiced in
three steps: fusing the mind, body, and spirit, in order to bring
each kata to life with its own personality and characteristics.
Mind - to perform the kata and achieve
perfect physical coordination(mastery of the form). This
should lead to a "mental and physical awareness and understanding"
in addition to a physical capability.
Body - to physically interpret the physical applications
in a rapid succession.
Spirit - to mentally interpret each
movement (bunkai) with an opponent verbally and perform without
or no mind (Mushin).
Ten Empty Hand Kata
are required for Black Belt Level in the Traditional Art Form of the
Amrican Freestyle Karate & American Open Style Karate under the American Shorei/ Shorin