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Mabuni On Kata

I would like to announce the translation of an excellent article by Kenwa Mabuni (founder of the Shito-Ryu form of Karate), entitled Practice Kata Correctly. The URL of the article is: http://seinenkai.com/articles/tankosich/tankosich3.html. It appears at the at the Hawaii Karate Seinenkai website.

The article was recently translated by Mark Tankosich, who practices both Karate and Jodo. I am a big fan of Mark's translations and articles, and am very grateful to him for allowing me to post the article at the Seinenkai website. I will not post the actual article in this blog, because I want readers to see the article with proper formatting.

Please read the article carefully. It helps us to understand the importance of kata and how to properly practice them based on the advice of one of the leading experts of the era. Mabuni Sensei's words are just a true today as they were in the 1930s. As he says (with respect to kata): "Breadth, no matter how great, means little without depth."

Thank you very much again to Mark Tankosich for the excellent translation of such an important article.


Charles C. Goodin