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IJF Kata Training Camp Report



The 8th World Kata Championships and IJF Kata Training Camp were held in Republic of Malta, in October 2016.


Date: October 3rd and 4th, 2016

Venue: Malta Judo Academy


Mr. Shinro Fujita (Kodokan), Nage-no-Kata and Kodokan Goshin-jutsu

Mr. Naoki Murata (Kodokan), Katame-no-Kata, Ju-no-Kata and Kime-no-Kata

Participants: Approximately 120 people on both days (IJF officials, judges, coaches and competitors)


Program of the Training Camp

Monday, October 3rd (Day 1)


Lecture with demonstrations

Title: Relationships between Kata and Randori

Lecturer: Mr. Franco Capelletti (Italy, IJF Kata commission Director)



Demonstrator: Ms. Megumi Takano and Ms. Hikaru Shirano



Demonstrator: Mr. Michito Sakamoto and a Colombian competitor



Demonstrator: Mr. Satoshi Nakayama and Mr. Seiji Hayashi







Tuesday, October 4th (Day 2)



Demonstrator: Mr. Kenji Takeishi and a French competitor


Kodokan Goshin-jutsu

Demonstrator: Mr. Hideki Miyamoto and Mr. Masaki Watanabe






The third IJF Kata Training Camp was well received. We instructors focused on the following three points: The most fundamental thing in Kata training is to correctly express Riai (the principle of using correct, sufficient motion to perform each technique properly with maximum efficiency); diffusing the word Riai along with the meaning; explanation on how to express Riai by movements.

After warming-up exercise, we explained about each technique with demonstrations, such as the movements which accord to Riai, the movements which don't accord to Riai, incorrect movements and insufficient movements. We aimed to show the differences between such movements.


After receiving lectures of techniques, participants practiced each Kata using the whole dojo. While some participants were practicing Kata, some were asking questions and others were shooting videos. Each of them participated eagerly. We instructors looked around the dojo and coached as many pairs as possible. There were many crowds of people who were asking questions to instructors or to the competitors who demonstrated Kata during the lesson. The members of Kata commission, judges, coaches and competitors were exchanging their ideas on Kata freely.


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