Specific coordination in kata performance

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coordination in kata


Motor coordination refers to the ability of an individual to perform a motor skill with good technique, rhythm, and accuracy (ACSM, 2012). Since karate consists of various movements, which are taught and practiced from the first day of training, the signs of coordination are showing from the beginning. In the latent coordination area that dominates in katas, there are several dimension of coordination in kata: coordination of hands, leg coordination, full body coordination, skill, agility, changing of direction of movement, tempo, coordination in rhythm, etc.

The development of specific coordination begins with the learning of the first techniques. Also, its training continues with the learning of new and more complex movements, as well as the repetition of the previously learned. The new movements are usually taught at the beginning of the training when the concentration is the best.  With the use of most common analytical approach with the regular dosing of the elements. After the technical elements of the kata are well learned, the next step is repetition of a certain kata or its parts at the maximum speed. Do you know why? Slow repetitions will not influence  proper automation of the movement. Frequent absence from training or absence due to injuries can greatly impair the quality of the technique, and therefore the level of specific coordination. This is most often a case in the summer transition period. So its very important to avoid long pause during summer, and to try at least to maintain your level of coordination. 

 Examples of exercise for a specific coordination development


 Training parameters

 1. Learning new techniques and combinations

 8 – 12 reps, 2 – 3 rounds

 2. Learning new katas

 Gradually increase the intensity

 3. Combination of techniques 

 8 – 12 reps, 2 – 3 rounds

 4. Perform techniques or kata diagonally on tatami

 6 – 10 reps, 2 – 4 rounds

 5. Performing kata in the opposite direction

 3 – 6 reps, 3 – 4 rounds

 6. Kata performance with opposite extremities

 3 – 6 reps, 3 – 4 rounds

 7. Performing a bunkai








The use of coordination development exercises lasts throughout the entire career and are always upgraded with some new coordination exercises that can improve the quality of kata performance. The exercises listed in the examples can serve as ideas for conceiving some other exercises.

Did you read our text about Technical training in kata performance?


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