Saturday the 25th of July saw a long overdue kata training session. It was held in Galway Dojo from late morning to early evening. The day started off with juniors working katas from 10th Kyu to 6th Kyu. The juniors put up a good show and their eagerness to come and train was truly appreciated. As with all the kata sessions before, time ran out quickly bringing the next session from 12 to 2pm.
This session saw Juniors and seniors from all grades who demonstrated effort and determination. They worked katas from 10th Kyu to 3rd Kyu. A lot more time was allocated to each kata as they worked on the Bunkai, stances and breathing. It was useful to iron out any mistakes and keep everyone on an even keel. Even though time was against us we were still able to get the 3rd Kyu katas performed. This session ended at 2pm with a break for refreshments.
The final session of the day was for brown belts and Dan grades only which started back at an Irish 2:30 (ish). Katas from 2nd Kyu to nidan were performed with some people getting a crash course in shodan katas which some found manageable and some found difficult. Even with the time limit we were able to get through all the katas scheduled and a few extra bits of knowledge and tricks were learned. Many thanks to students from Galway Dojo, Westport Dojo and Minamigawa Dojo for attending the day. Many thanks also to the parents for dropping off their children and collecting them.
I look forward to the next Kata session on the 29th of August. This will most likely be in Galway dojo again, depending on availability. Information will be made public when confirmed.