From the time early man first formalized study
of the fighting arts, there arose the need to pass
knowledge to succeeding students. Those early
masters understood there was no purpose served in
“re-inventing the wheel” with each generation.
Knowledge gained over a lifetime should be preserved to
serve those who follow.
In our dojo, Kata is the “living mind” of our martial
ancestors. Once I met a master, and shared a
sword form believed to have ancient origins. On
seeing the form he turned to me and said, “Listen
carefully, he speaks to us even now.”
is how it is, when all else fails, look to Kata for
answers to your questions. But remember, you must
seek. No master will set the kingdom’s jewels
where some undeserving novice can pocket them, not
appreciating their significance.
My friends in Isshinryu agonize over combat applications
within their forms. Their labors assume Shimabuku
Sensei, and his teachers were highest level masters, and
that searching within the forms is the path to complete
understanding. Master George Dillman did the same
within the context of his parent style, and redefined
use of striking points and pressure point applications
in modern combat.
section of the internet dojo will be dedicated to the
presentation of Kata, Forms and Patterns. Since
Kata are dynamic, as well as visual, our format for
presentation will be primarily video clips, and not
drawings, or photographs. The problem with video
clips and using the various media players over a 56k
modem is we have to make sacrifices in the quality of
the clip to avoid inordinately long download
times. We prefer the *.wmv format for its
consistent high quality and excellent compression.
Some computers, may require a more recent copy of
Windows Media Player, which of course can be downloaded
for free from the Microsoft web site..
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