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Ten Thousand Kata

A sensei I know, Pat Nakata, performs at least 10,000 kata each year. That is ten thousand kata. Actually, I think that he did 12,000 kata last year. He is in his early 60s.

His sensei was Choshin Chibana, from whom he learned this practice. Chibana Sensei was a student of Anko Itosu, who introduced the art of Karate to the Okinawan school system. I wonder how many Kobayashi-Ryu followers perform 10,000 kata each year?

Nakata Sensei shows that Karate is something you practice, not just think or speak about.


Charles C. Goodin