100 Kata Challenge

On Saturday October 24, 2020, we took part in a 100 Kata Challenge.

At our full-time dojo we gathered to perform 100 kata of our choice. Some people did a few kata many times, some did ten kata ten times, or even more kata fewer times.

I took some timelapse of the event.

Our black belts busted out one extra, for good measure! Hell yeah!

The kata I practiced were:

  • 10x Taigyoku shodan
  • 10x Taigyoku nidan
  • 10x Saifa
  • 5x Bassai-dai
  • 10x Seiunchin
  • 5x Empi
  • 10x Sanseru
  • 10x Sepai
  • 10x Hangetsu
  • 10x Kururunfa
  • 1x each of the first 8 kata + 1 more Sanseru + 1 more Sepai

I found the mental journey interesting, it went something like this:

  • I have never done this before, I don’t know what it is going to be like! Is Sensei going to tell us how we should do each one? Can I remember the later kata well enough to do them by myself?

  • Only 20 minutes in and I am sooo sweaty!

  • Why am I doing this again?

  • I have never sweated so much in my life!

  • I don’t think I can do Bassai-dai ten times in a row…

    Nope! I’m going on to Seiunchin.

  • Can I devour this apple in less than five minutes?

  • I have never sweated so much in my life!

  • This is kind of awesome

  • Ooh! Someone near me is doing Kururunfa, I’ll jump on that wagon.

  • Only ten more to go?! I am not going to hold back.

  • That was 100?! I could do a few more…

  • Wow, I am really sweaty!

Published by Kristen S.

Kristen (kristarella) is a Happiness Engineer for Automattic (WordPress.com), karate-ka 🥋, musician 🎸, artist 👩🏻‍🎨, craftist 🧶, and lego enthusiast 🧱

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