Nipaipo Kata Course

Written by bryan. Posted in Coaching, Events

NipaipoSaturday 8th February saw our Karate club run a Kata Masterclass in Basingstoke. 4th Dan Lindsey Andrews and current World Veterans Kata Champion taught the Shito Ryu Kata Nipaipo.

Lindsey began with a brief history of Nipaipo and throughout the Masterclass gave technical tips on how to perform the Kata.

  • There is some disagreement of the Meaning of it’s name with some people saying 28 steps and others saying two eight steps. The original meaning has been lost
  • It’s also known as Nepai in some styles of Karate.
  • Taken originally by Kenwa Mabuni from White Crane style Kung Fu (one of the names it was known as was Er Shi Ba) and adapted to Shito Ryu style of karate. Further adaptations were made by Teruo Hayashi, another exponent of Shito Ryu in the 1980’s.
  • It can also be seen in some Kung Fu styles as Quick Fist form (Sangfeng Quaichuan). The Kung Fu version is much softer and more flowing but similarities are still apparent.
  • Typically considered as 2nd dan and above level kata, in some groups it’s a 6th Dan level Karate kata.
  • Has been taken from Shito Ryu and adapted to suit other styles of karate (e.g. Shorin Ryu).
  • Approx 47 moves incorporating punches, kicks, blocks, locks and throws.

Learning and studying Kata is an important part of karate training. As a form of training it teaches us co-ordination, concentration, develops physical strength, speed, focus, power, breath control and martial skill.

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The process of learning kata involves many layers of development. Typically we start by looking at the moves and their basic elements such as the placement of the feet and hands and slowly piece together the sequence until we have learnt the whole kata.

We also look at the bunkai or meaning and application of the moves, it’s important to understand the applications which you are practising – if not, then ultimately you are merely performing movements with your hands and feet, like a dance,  but you have lost the essence of the martial art which you are trying to learn.

As we become more confident in the sequence we can start to layer in the correct speed, timing, focus and breathing. It is an ongoing learning process and no matter how long you’ve been studying there are always things which can be improved and new and varied applications to be uncovered.

Performing kata in competition adds a new dimension to the challenge. It takes confidence and self-control to perform before judges, spectators and against the abilities of others. It’s amazing how a kata can be performed 100 times in the dojo correctly but when the additional stresses of competition are added the mind goes blank and competitors forget moves or let the nerves take over and lose their strength and spirit. There are some stringent rules applied to competitors which are used to judge a winning performance. There are typically 3 – 5 judges who observe the competitor from different angles and award points based on the following;

 

In a Kata Match, each performance will not be deemed simply good or bad, but will be judged according to the essential elements in two different criteria:

BASIC PERFORMANCE

The following basic points must appear in each performance of a Kata:

  1. Kata sequence.
  2. Control of power.
  3. Control of tension and contraction.
  4. Control of speed and rhythm.
  5. Direction of movements.
  6. Understanding Kata technique.
  7. Show proper understanding of the Kata Bunkai.
  8. Coordination.
  9. Stability and balance.
  10. Pauses.
  11. Kiai.
  12. Breathing.
  13. Concentration.
  14. Spirit.

 

IMG_4555ADVANCED PERFORMANCE

Judges will note the specific important points and the degree of difficulty of the performed Kata. Judgment will be based on:7

a) The mastery of techniques by the contestant.

b) The degree of difficulty and risk in the performance of the Kata.

c) The Budo attitude of the contestant.

 

 

The following youtube clips worth having a look at if you wish to look further into this kata:

http://youtu.be/Bt-jtJOqthw               Quickfist form

http://youtu.be/FXzmbgMs-08           Nepai kata

http://youtu.be/5lsb-Rn2pCM            Nipaipo kata

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Learning and Studying Kata for competition

Written by Lindsey. Posted in Coaching

Kyoji Kai, Karate England rankings, Karate Sport EnglandLearning and studying Kata is an important part of karate training. As a form of training it teaches us co-ordination, concentration, develops physical strength, speed, focus, power, breath control and martial skill.

The process of learning kata involves many layers of development. Typically we start by looking at the moves and their basic elements such as the placement of the feet and hands and slowly piece together the sequence until we have learnt the whole kata.

We also look at the bunkai or meaning and application of the moves, it’s important to understand the applications which you are practising – if not, then ultimately you are merely performing movements with your hands and feet, like a dance, but you have lost the essence of the martial art which you are trying to learn.

As we become more confident in the sequence we can start to layer in the correct speed, timing, focus and breathing. It is an ongoing learning process and no matter how long you’ve been studying there are always things which can be improved and new and varied applications to be uncovered.

Performing kata in competition adds a new dimension to the challenge. It takes confidence and self-control to perform before judges, spectators and against the abilities of others. It’s amazing how a kata can be performed 100 times in the dojo correctly but when the additional stresses of competition are added the mind goes blank and competitors forget moves or let the nerves take over and lose their strength and spirit. There are some stringent rules applied to competitors which are phentermine used to judge a winning performance. There are typically 3 – 5 judges who observe the competitor from different angles and award points based on the following;

In a Kata Match, each performance will not be deemed simply good or bad, but will be judged according to the essential elements in two different criteria:

BASIC PERFORMANCE
The following basic points must appear in each performance of a Kata:
1.1. Kata sequence.
1.2. Control of power.
1.3. Control of tension and contraction.
1.4. Control of speed and rhythm.
1.5. Direction of movements.
1.6. Understanding Kata technique.
1.7. Show proper understanding of the Kata Bunkai.
1.8. Coordination.
1.9. Stability and balance.
1.10. Pauses.
1.11. Kiai.
1.12. Breathing.
1.13. Concentration.
1.14. Spirit.

ADVANCED PERFORMANCE
Judges will note the specific important points and the degree of difficulty of the performed
Kata. Judgment will be based on:
a) The mastery of techniques by the contestant.
b) The degree of difficulty and risk in the performance of the Kata.
c) The Budo attitude of the contestant.

Video analysis is always a useful tool in developing and improving kata. What you feel you are doing is often not what you are actually doing and it’s a good way to help focus your training on the areas which most need improving. These videos are from our most recent competition and whilst the katas demonstrated were good enough to win there is, as always, things which could be done better.

Competition is a challenge which doesn’t appeal to everyone – but whether it’s for competition or not, if kata is a part of the training which you undertake then you should aim to incorporate all of these elements to fully develop your skills.

 

Here’s a video of me performing a kata in competition. This kata helped me to win Gold at this competition, but I’ve still spent time looking at it and analysing how to improve it.

 

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