The Purposes of Practices Kihon (Basic), Idou (moving), Kata (forms) in Seibukai Karate
We train traditional Kihon, Idou, and Kata in every practice session. The purposes of practice these in Seibukai are the following:
In terms of Karate-do, Kihon, Idou, and Kata training is the major venue to establish the bodily system based on attaining "the Center”(the axis of body) and "Tan-den” (core – the center of gravity) which are the main mechanisms. These do not exist as part of organs in our bodies such as heart or kidney organs. They rather exist with our conscious mind with body awareness and functions. With this in mind, the center and Tanden will be able to function to move our bodies effectively. They are mechanical system of movement as the harmonious entity rather than two separate parts of the body.
It is very important to heighten the consciousness of the mind and to establish the body awareness of the mechanism. However, it is difficult for beginners to aim for this level of awareness, and it rather prevents the development of their basic skills. Therefore, it is important to pursue systematic stages of development in order to attain the level of proficiency according to their level from beginners through the advance level.
[Kata (forms) training – the origin of techniques/ the methods of attack and defense]
Katas are the fundamental formations of attack and defense with imaginary opponents. They condensed with the ancestors’ and those creators’ wisdoms and techniques. Both inside and outside, they are structured and built upon comprehensive information of body awareness and methods of body movements in order to attain techniques. The remaining Kata movements are merely an example of a thousand variations. We ought to attain the technique with the various applications of the multi-dimensional movements through repetitive practices. Consequently, it is ideal to reach the conscious level of the creators and their ability levels of the kata through practice. However, it is important to meet proficient instructors and teachers who are able to offer an advice and individual efforts to attain the skills of comprehensive information and interpretation of techniques that intently hidden beneath.
Seibukai categorizes kata into three groups.
It is meaningless to perform and practice level 3 katas unless the practitioners understand and build the skills through Sanchin training because the Sanchin kata is bases of all the application katas.
[The purposes of repetitive practices]
Why do we practice Kihon, Ido (stepping movement) and Kata repeatedly? Even though we perform same kata, between advanced practitioner and beginners, their contents should not be same. The pinan number 1 performed by the advanced level should be able to execute movements with indications of high dimensional body awareness.
The purposes of traditional practice kihon, idou, and kata are:
It is the only way to attain these skills through repetitive practice.
[Systematic practice to attain comprehensive techniques]
Every individual is different and has strengths and weaknesses in terms of bodily habits, physic, flexibility, power, and speed. Supposedly, a physically advantageous individual was able to execute excellent performance in the tournament with limited short term training. This instant outcome is heavily due to his talent, and it is not a result of the accumulation of long term karate practice.
Karate technique is comprehensive which can be attained by everyone who pursues systematic training. Ultimately, karate training consists of different stages and level of training for beginner, intermediate and advanced practitioners where it is suited for their ability levels. Therefore, the systematic training enables practitioners who would dedicate their time for the training to advance their skills regardless of differences in talents and physical limitation.