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normrobitza On April - 19 - 2013

cup4The countdown is on. There is exactly 4 weeks until the International Karate Daigaku Canada Cup takes place in Dieppe, New Brunswick. Four weeks until I test for my 4th Dan and D Level Judge. The weekend will be full of excitement with great competition.

Preparing for the exam has been in the forefront of my mind for months. The exam is going to be difficult the Kihon is rapid fire emphasizing the ability to attack in kumite. The katas required for this level are advanced and will require power and speed with proper execution of technique.

I have chosen the kata Jiin. It is a powerful kata but is very basic. The reason I have chosen this kata is partially because I am a bigger person and performing a power kata would be more adequate for my body type. I will then be asked to perform either, Unsu, Bassai Sho or Chinte. I am hoping for Chinte. I performed Jiin and Chinte at the Maritime IKD Championship tournament back in February and won the Gold medal.

A bunkai of Heian Yondan will be required to show understanding of the lower level kata and how it is used in practical application. Bunkai is the soul of kata. It shows that the practitioner understands what the kata is truly about. So many black belt can perform katas but not many understand what they are doing. With the application of the techniques used in the kata you show a true mastery of the form. I am now focusing on the bunkai portion of the training. I love bunkai so I do not see that it will be difficult. The training over the next few weeks will be to coordinate my attackers. Their timing will be crucial in how the bunkai comes across.

Finally, there are two possible kumite portions. I could compete against 2 attackers for 2 minutes or because of my age, I can show self defense applications against knife attacks. Personally, I think I will be doing the knife defenses. I am older and feel that after the intensity of the two katas and bunkai, I will be spent. To perform the knife defenses will be a chance to take a breath and show techniques that would protect me in a real life situation.

I have been asked if I am nervous and I honestly can say at this time I am not. I know as the time gets closers I will be a little concerned. However, I feel as long as I do the very best that I can I will be fine. My biggest concern is not to disappoint. I do not want to disappoint my instructors, my students and my family. I know that they are behind me 100% and they all have given their support.

The IKD requirements for the rank of 4th Dan are as follows:

Sandan to Yondan

1. From age 16 years and older, more than three years after sandan.

2. Must be 20 years and older.

3. Minimum B (80%) training attendance or discretion of Instructor.

4. Member in good standing with a valid IKD Passport.

– three counts:
1. → Kamae ryu kizami-zuki gyaku-zuki → gyaku-zuki kizami-zuki. (turn)
2. (same)
3. → Kamae ryu yori-ashi kizami-mae-geri gyaku-zuki → chudan mae-geri jodan gyaku-zuki. (turn)
4. (same)
5. → Kamae ryu yori-ashi kizami mawashi-geri gyaku-zuki → mawashi-geri/oi-zuki. (turn)
6. (same)
7. → Kamae ryu chudan ushiro-geri gyaku-zuki → mae-geri gyaku-zuki. (turn)
8. (same)
9. → Kamae ryu yori-ashi jodan uraken-uchi gyaku-zuki → gyaku-haito-uchi kizami-zuki. (turn)
10. (same) 

1. Examinee: one kata from Group 5:
• Tokui kata (Gojushiho-sho, Gojushiho-dai, Meikyo, Wankan, Jiin).
2. Examiner: one kata from Group 4:
• Tokui kata (Hangetsu, Bassai-sho, Chinte, Sochin, Unsu).
3. Examinee: Heian yondan traditional bunkai.

Jiyu kumite
two simultaneous opponents – two minutes; frontal fighting only.
1. 40 years and older (masters age), jiyu kumite or self defence.
2. Self defence from free stance against a rubber knife. Must show ability to sense attack accurately,
and use basic techniques with power, speed, sharpness and ki.
3. Five attacks in order of: face or stomach thrust, downward or upward vertical slash, right or left
diagonal slash from top to bottom, right or left diagonal slash from bottom up, and left or right
horizontal slash to stomach or face.

Main points of examination

1. An understanding of the general technical principles of karate techniques namely – stance, posture, form, and body mechanics of power, speed, and sharpness.

2. Understanding the principles of ki – mind, spirit, feeling and energy.

3. Mastery of kumite attacking techniques and the ability to use them effectively.

4. Ability to teach and communicate karate to others.

Also at the Canada Cup, I will be competing. This will be the first time that I have competed at this level. I am not expecting to go very far in the tournament. I have competed locally and have some success but there will be competitors with much more experience at this event.

The IKD will be unveiling the new Kenshusei program at the Canada Cup. As a Kenshusei, I am very excited to see the new program. The Kenshusei program can trace its lineage back to the program that was created by Master Nakayama and the JKA decades ago in Japan. This program is create qualified instructors and examiners.

I will also be taking my D level Judge’s exam. This clinic and exam is designed to turn out qualified tournament judges.

For more information on the Canada Cup visit the Official 2013 IKD Canada Cup website…

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