As A Shodan, You Will Be Introduced To Two New Kata: Kanku-dai And Kururunfa
- Both have very different lineage’s and are therefore very different in appearance and performance.
- Both are complex kata that will challenge you physically and mentally.
- Both will ask you to develop greater self-mastery as they require you to move your body in different ways from kata previously learnt.
- Both offer you an exciting challenge and adventure.
Achieving a Nidan (2nd dan) in Go-Kan-Ryu is a rare feat and requires more than just a continued training period after Shodan. Obtaining a Nidan should represent both an outstanding technical ability and greater understanding of the body. For this reason, it is very appropriate that two difficult kata are required to reach Nidan. These two kata are Kanku-dai (of shotokan lineage) and Kururunfa (of Goju lineage). Having said this, it is incorrect to think that Kanku-dai is just another Shotokan styled kata and that Kururunfa is just another of the Goju style. In fact it is incorrect to lock any kata into just one of two groups as each promotes a completely different set of fighting philosophies.
Improving Your Kata: Training Tip
Looking at a kata as a whole is too much for your mind to establish a plan of attack. The trick is to break each kata down into bite sized chunks and give each ‘chunk’ (usually 2-4 moves at a time) your undivided attention for a period of time. Some of GKR’s best kata exponents may spend hours on each ‘chunk’ of moves at a time, dedicating 100% effort and energy to improving just that part of the kata. For example, spending ample time just on the first two counts of kururunfa (the side-to-side sequence) gives you quality time to focus on: