World’s leading kata practitioners sign off in Italy

Author: Mark Pickering, on 09. Oct 2017

The call for tradition

Following the throws and spectacular performances at the Kata World Championships on Friday 6 and Saturday 7, in the presence of IJF President, Mr. Marius Vizer, the IJF Kata Commission concluded their activities in Olbia, Italy, with a technical session on Sunday.

The day started with a Kodokan Judo Institute panel of experts providing a technical masterclass.

IJF Kata Commission Chairman and 10th Dan, Italy's Mr Franco Capelletti, and Mr. Uemura Haruki, Kodokan President, greeted the 200 practitioners which included 80 Italian judoka and 120 international judoka from around the world.

Both IJF Hall of Famer's said that the demand for a platform for Kata is evident and that above all the spirit of traditional practice was present in Olbia.

There have also been requests for verification of some agonistic kata interpretation errors. The focal point is that the jujitsu, wanted by the judo founder Jigoro Kano (1860-1938), named "Kodokan Judo", is composed of kata and randori. Just the randori, free exercise leads to battle which is today an important, if not primary, element of Olympic judo, but not substantial for the knowledge of the historical, cultural and technical aspects of the art of judo.

"Judo education" is born with the practice, the etiquette and the way of interpreting and applying the kata.

The kata, by the will of President Vizer and of the chairman, Mr. Franco Capelletti, has to become an instrument for improving club and dojo teaching in order to give new generations a structural technical bag that helps them grow in society will be their future.

The chairman, Mr Franco Capelletti, at the end of the stage led by the Japanese Kodokan Masters group -- Murata Naoki, Mukai Mikihiro, Uemura Haruki, Kato Hiroto, Kariya Chikara, Otsuji Hirofumi said: "I was impressed by the number of participants who guaranteed us a greater interest than we imagined.

We must be able to have the clearest ideas for the future to promote this kata spirit and its values that are the Kodokan Judo story and the grammar of a more than centenary practice."

Samurai Magazine, Gs Bertoletti

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