At my karate club people call me Sensei, and my friends just call me Richard.

2009/11/29

Great Annan Team Kata! 優れた団体形!



While I might be a Wadoryu stylist, since coaching all-style teams since 2003 I've been trying to expose myself to the knowledge and value of the other Karate systems, especially popular kata. In this process, Annan has become my favorite non-Wado kata. The full-body application applied in Annan truly demonstrates Karate's power. So anytime someone performs it I try to watch them have a go, and here is a great performance of Annan at the 2009 USA NKF National Team Trials.


僕は和道流の空手家ですが、2003年から流派を問わないチームのコーチをして以来、他流派の流儀の真義と知識に触れようとしてきました。特に、人気の高い形に親しんできました。その過程において、他流派で僕が1番気に入ったのがアーナンです。 アーナンに適用されている全身を使った応用は空手のパワーを正によく表しています。ですから、だれかがアーナンの形を演じる時は、いつも拝見させてもらっています。このビデオは、2009年の代表チーム選抜においての素晴らしい演技です。





Isn't this a simply beautiful performance of the kata by Tsuguo Sakumoto Sensei from 1988! I believe this is from the WUKO (WKF) World Championships, where he won the gold medal of course.

Ever since I first saw his picture performing this kata in an American Karate magazine in the 1980s, I've had this dream to try to learn from Sakumoto Sensei in Okinawa. I finally introduced myself to him briefly last year at the WKF World Championships in Tokyo and when I told him my dream, he was very nice in replying I can visit him anytime. Maybe if my club qualifies for next year's Interhigh in Okinawa I'll finally have a chance...

これは1988年の佐久本嗣男先生によるなんとも美しい形の演技ではありませんか!! 確かWUKO(WKF)世界選手権でのものだったはずです(もちろん先生が金メダルを獲りました)。
80年代にアメリカの空手雑誌で先生がアーナンの形を紹介する写真を初めて見た時から、沖縄で佐久本先生に空手の稽古をつけて頂くのが僕の夢でした。
昨年、東京で開催されたWKF世界大会でついに、手短かでしたが、先生に自己紹介できたのです。そして自分の夢を伝えると、親切なことに、沖縄にいつでも来ていいとの返事を頂戴しました。
沖縄で来年行われるインターハイにうちの空手道部が出場出来るとしたら、その僕の夢を叶えるチャンスがとうとうやって来るのですが。。。

2 comments:

gai.ninja said...

Funny you should write about this - I didn't know anything about Annan until I looked through your YouTube stream and saw Arakawa Sensei performing it. It's an amazing kata, and as you said really demonstrates the power that can be generated in karate.

BTW, I sent your blog URL to my Sensei, who loves it. He keeps raving about it in Japanese, which I can't understand but since he's always smiling I think it's a good thing :)

Richard Mosdell said...

Thanks for the comment. Glad to hear your sensei (who by the way?) likes my little blog.
On my KenzenJapan Youtube page, that's Arakawa Takamasa Sensei's older brother Arakawa Kakushou Sensei (荒川覚昭 カクショウ) performing Annan. He's a Buddhist monk teaching at the main Shiramizu dojo in Kyushu. He's also been somewhat on the Japan National Team for Kata too.
http://www5f.biglobe.ne.jp/~gyoushinji/subpage18%20karate5%20sidoin.htm