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Pause Before Kata

This is a story.

A Karate student always performed his favorite kata at demonstrations.  But before began, he always stood silently for 25 seconds.  This went on for some time.  Each and every time, he stood silently for 25 seconds before beginning the kata.

I spoke the student privately and asked him about the pause.  He gave one excuse after another.  I was not satisfied and keep pressing.

Finally, exasperated, he admitted, "I learned the kata on Youtube and there was a 25 second commercial!"

He was waiting for the commercial to finish and the kata video to begin.

Again, this is just a story.


Charles C. Goodin