Chun-Gwen – YouTube

Chun-Gwen – YouTube.

Adv. Purple – 36 movements
Chun-Gwen (or Joong-Gun) is named after the patriot Ahn Joong-Gun who assassinated Ito Hirobumi, the first Japanese governor-general of Korea, known as the man who played the leading part in the Korea-Japan merger. Originally the kata had 32 movements to represent Mr. Ahn’s age when he was executed at Lui-Shung Prison in 1910.

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The power in kata – video

Final Female Kata. Rika Usami of Japan. 21st WKF World Karate Championships Paris 2012 – YouTube.

I just came across this video of a young Japanese woman performing a Karate kata. Take note of her energy and power. You can see a lot of emotion I this young woman’s face. Also notice how she executes very quick movements with definitive pauses in between. 

Katas boring? No way!