Learn More About Kata Geiko and Seishin Tanren With SMAA
SMAA promotes kata geiko and seishin tanren training for its members.
By: Shudokan Martial Arts Association
Kata geiko and seishin tanren training around the two central pillars of classical Japanese martial arts. Kata means "form," and seishin tanren means "to forge the spirit."
Kata is the formal practice of prearranged techniques. It is universally used in traditional Japanese martial arts as a key method of training the mind and body. Students start practicing kata with handed down sequences of paired techniques, which are designed to internalize a principle or principles. Once these principles are absorbed, advanced practitioners create personal variations, such as applying a throw or immobilization against a different attack than is found in the classical kata. Eventually, students practice randori, in which they defend against any unexpected attack and intuitively create techniques in the moment.
The ultimate purpose of kata geiko is seishin tanren, or a calm clear mind. Seishin tanren comes from samurai training. The samurai had to be prepared to live or die, and a clear mind was necessary to perform under the pressure.
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About Shudokan Martial Arts Association: SMAA was founded in January 1994 by a group of martial artists who were concerned with promoting and safeguarding Nihon budo and koryu bujutsu--the traditional martial arts and ways of Japan. SMAA is a non-profit that aims keep the spirit of traditional budo alive in the West. Anyone can become a member, even if you aren't a martial artist, and SMAA members are from multiple countries across the globe.