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Key Points on Demonstrating Kata

The following are some key principles to strive for when performing kata, whether in class or in front of a large audience.  There are certainly more aspects to consider, but keeping these in mind as you practice will help you perform well whenever you are on the spot.

  1. Take your time. This is your moment to show your best form!
  2. Show every move.
  3. Relax.
  4. Show speed and power. Remember, speed is how quickly you execute each move, not how quickly you go from move to move.
  5. At the end of each move, show the tension, then relax and move on to the next move. Timing between moves should be two seconds (or 1, 1000; 2, 1000).
  6. Breathe.
  7. Don’t rush the Kata!!
  8. Keep moving. If you make a mistake, don’t start over - finish the kata!
  9. Show courtesy
 

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