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posted Nov 14, 2012, 11:55 PM by Daniel Wilkins

Another good question from class: in kata, why do we have to end where we start? Who said you did? Not me. Don't get me wrong... there does appear to be a big emphasis in doing just that. In Toyama Kanken's hombu dojo (the dai nippon karatedoh renmei) the emphasis was always on technique, not on ending up where you started. Toyama Dai Sensei offen said that if you focus on ending up where you started, your technique suffers.

In 1975 I had the same discussion with my teacher, Nakazato Shugoro Dai Sensei. My question to Sensei was... do we end up in the same place as where we started. Especially in performing pinan sandan, I am always a meter off if I do the kata correctly. Nakazato Dai Sensei advised me that you do end up in the same place and then performed the kata for me. He was exactly one meter off. He then looked at me and said... see, same place. He then turned around and went outside to punch the machiwara. I just stood there not knowing what to say. Later I went to a late night dinner at one of the seniors restaurant. I explain to him what had happen and asked for some feedback as to what I saw. Since I do not consider myself the sharpest tool in the shed, I was ready for a practical answer. The senior then simply stated that Sensei started the kata in the dojo and ended the kata while still in the dojo. He continued by saying that Sensei did start and end in the same place, the dojo. He continued by telling me to work on my technique and not worrying about ending up in the same place. The statement 'end where you start' is a guide, not something written in stone.

Well, the little woman states I have chores. More later.