During the last Black Belt College session, we studied the Shotokan version of Hangetsu ("Half Moon") kata, which incidentally, was one of Sensei Nishiyama's favorite katas. It is a relatively short kata and therefore fairly easy to learn the basic movements, yet complex enough to take years to master...
(Does anyone know the complete history?)
Studying different versions of kata is an anthropological approach to understanding the diverse interpretations and the personalities of various karate practitioners over the ages. It helps to understand that kata are not rigid textbooks of secret kata techniques, but rather fluid and living stories of bodily movement, culture, politics, combat, and performance.
performed by Hanshi Larry Cormier
*(missed one side kick at the end)
performed by Hanshi Rick Llewelyn, for comparison of the Shito-ryu version with the Shotokan version.
I have no doubt a blow from Hanshi Cormier would be very painful! 😊
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Save the date for the next session of the ISKA Black Belt College, scheduled for Saturday, April 8th, 2017. It will be held at Sensei John Leggett's dojo in Sacramento. Click here for details.