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.
- Take your time. This is your moment to show your best form!
- Show every move.
- Show speed and power. Remember, speed is how quickly you execute each move, not how quickly you go from move to move.
- 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).
- Don’t rush the Kata!!
- Keep moving. If you make a mistake, don’t start over - finish the kata!
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