Current Kata for Saturday Morning Kata Class: Sochin

SochinIn our advanced kata sessions on Saturdays, we are currently studying Sochin (壮鎮). The kata name translates as something like “Magnificent Calm.” It features low, solid stance, mostly fudo-dachi, and slow, powerful moves alternating with explosive speed. It’s excellent practice for developing strong, solid technique and connection to the ground.

You can see excellent examples of Sochin performed by Osaka Sensei here and here (Sochin is from about 2:50); and by Kawawada Sensei here and here.

Sochin is a black belt kata, but we encourage students of all grades to come to the Saturday kata classes. Even if you won’t practice advanced kata regularly yet, it’s great to begin to learn how techniques can be combined, and the practice in applying techniques is indispensable.

See you Saturday!

At SVSK our Saturday morning advanced kata classes* focus on one kata at a time, typically spending 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: Review and variations in the kata