Kata of the Month: Chinte

Chinte@2xWe are next moving to Chinte for the advanced kata in our Saturday classes, from May (Heian Nidan for the basic kata).

Our last kata-of-the-month was Gankaku. Gankaku very closely resembles its predecessor kata, Chinto. This next kata is Chinte and many historians believe the two kata to have been linked in some way but no evidence has been shown to substantiate this theory. The techniques and strategies contained within the two kata appear to be significantly different. Nonetheless, both kata are relatively graceful, when done correctly.

video examples:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTV-_C4XKgM (Mori Sensei in the early 1960s)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sBEq7O6WWQ (Abe Sensei in the mid-1980s)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hWwjqyFrFg (a female competitor putting on a very nice performance in 1982 All-Japan tournament)

Chinte is a kata normally introduced at black belt level.

Even if we’re beyond the kata you’re presently focusing on, it’s great to begin to learn how techniques can be combined, and the practice in applying techniques can be very valuable to your development in Karate.

At SVSK our Saturday morning kata classes focus on one kata at a time. We typically spend four Saturdays on each kata:

Week 1: Overview/review of the kata
Week 2: Fine points of the techniques and the kata
Week 3: Hands-on practice to understand applications (bunkai)
Week 4: Variations in the kata