Please join us for the webinar "JASM Karate Dojo/ JASM 空手道場" on Thursday, October 8th at 6:00 p.m.
Karate practice is divided into three aspects: kihon (basics), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring). Mr. Jerry Holt currently teaches karate and kobudo at the White Bear Lake YMCA. In this one-time-only special webinar, he will teach us Kata. Kata is a formalized sequence of movements which represent various offensive and defensive postures.
Karate is a Japanese martial art whose physical aspects seek the development of defensive and counterattacking body movements. It is one of the most widely practiced martial art forms in the world.
This webinar will give you a great opportunity to enjoy some exercise and to experience one of the aspects of Karate. Please sign up today! We are looking forward to seeing you there.
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Instructor: Mr. Jerry Holt
Mr. Jerry Holt was born in the 1960 in the Mississippi delta. He started training in Okinawan karate in 1975. After graduation from high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps, where he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in photojournalism, and he has been a staff photographer at the StarTribune since 1990. He teaches karate and kobudo at the White Bear Lake YMCA. His sensei is Hiroshi Akamine who lives in Tomigusuku, Okinawa, and he tries to travel to Okinawa yearly to continue his training. He lives in Brooklyn Park, with his wife, Shirley. They have two daughters: Kellie and Kendall.
【History of Kata】*Click the red-colored words to access more detail
Fukyugata is the name of kata practiced in many styles of Okinawan karate, particularly Matsubayashi-ryu. There are two Fukyugata. Shoshin Nagamine (Matsubayashi-ryu) created Fukyugata Ichi and Chojun Miyagi (Goju-ryu) created Fukyugata Ni, or Gekisai Ichi. They were developed as beginner kata because the more traditional kata were too difficult for beginners.
In some styles of karate, the kata are known as Fukyu. In Goju-ryu, the second Fukyugata is referred to as Gekisai ichi.
These two kata were commissioned by the special committee of Okinawan Karate-do under Mr. Gen Hayakawa, then governor of the Okinawa Prefecture in 1940. The kata were finished and introduced in 1941 in order to promote a basic and standard kata across a majority of Okinawan Karate styles; however, only some styles continue to practice both or one of these kata.
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