Friday, January 22, 2010

Pardon my rust #5

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Thank God it’s Friday and the fifth and final segment of my five part video series “pardon my rust”. Today’s kata video is Kanku Dai, an advanced-level Shotokan karate kata that one typically learns during their third year of diligent training. Like the Bassai Dai kata demonstrated on Wednesday, there are two variations of the Shotokan Kanku – Kanku Dai (major) and Kanku Sho (minor).

Kanku Dai is one of the longest kata in karate, and its present name comes from the first and second movements, “looking at the sky”. It’s earlier name and how it is still known in the Okinawan family of karate styles is Kushanku.

The kata’s sixty-five movements should take about ninety seconds to complete and the practitioner should exhibit a fast and slow tempo, the dynamics of strength and the expansion and contraction of the body. From it must also be mastered changes of direction, jumping and going to the ground.

Here’s a video of my effort from last Saturday:

Thanks for viewing pardon my rust #5.

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum


fishhead said...

Yay, good for you. No negative talk today. Why are we our own worst critics???

pierini said...

I forgot.