Katas in Judo

Discussion in 'Judo' started by Freeform, Feb 22, 2002.

  1. Freeform

    Freeform Fully operational War-Pig Supporter

    I've been training in Judo for about 3 years with a couple of clubs under the Scottish Judo Federation but have recently started training in a club which is affiliated to the Brittish Judo Council. The first major difference is that the BJC state that they teach kata from blue belt and that the SJF don't until 2nd Dan. But to me it seems that the sets the SJF do for their grading greatly resemble the katas that the BJC teach. The SJF sets are even called something like Go No something kata (sorry my japanesse is still very dodgy even after all these years). What I'd really like to know is when do sets or combination attacks become a kata? Does it have to be throw for throw?

    p.s I've heard about a breakfall kata, I think its called 'The falling leaf kata' has anybody else heard of it?
  2. Joseki

    Joseki Valued Member

    I dont do judo but my old instructor did (before he went on to ju jitsu) the breack fall kata he showed was Ukemi Kata
  3. Joseki

    Joseki Valued Member

    As for the other ones there was

    Kazushi Kata - Breaking of balance

    Idori Kime no Kata - formal self defence kata

    Kime no Kata - full version of above but defence against Knife and Sword

    All the others that we did (for the above were in the syllabus) were throwing ones

    I have an old copy of the Kime no Kata book (that was with are syllabus at one time) if you want a copy?
  4. Jim

    Jim New Member

    We do: Kozushi Kata (Breaking of balance), Ashi Waza Kata (7 Legthrows to the point of throwing), Kwansetzu Kata (8 Groundwork locks), Shime Waza Kata (7 Strangulations) plus other self defence, attack and weapon katas.

    The book 'The complete 8 kata's of Judo' by Kawaishi is good for the forms and also look at www.judoinfo.com

    Good luck!
  5. Joseki

    Joseki Valued Member

    We do the Strangulation's and groundwork locks to but we do them now as Kihon and variations than katas but still its all the same anyway.
  6. Freeform

    Freeform Fully operational War-Pig Supporter

    Most schools these days teach everything as basics even if its supposed to be a kata. For example Go No Sen No Kata, a BJC school will have formal walk up attempt throw, counter throw, uke up return to position and start the next one, very formal.

    SJF do it this way wander up to each other grip up try to throw the guy, he counters drops uke, straight back up, wander about and then grip up again.

    See the difference?


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