C, one of our looked after children, has just finished a ‘katathon’ with all the money she raised going to Macmillan Cancer Support. We sponsored C in her katathon and asked her to explain a little more about what a kata is and how she came to learn karate. Here’s what she told us:
“Kata is a sequence of moves in karate that we have to learn and when we grade we have to do this kata in front of a sensei who is grading you along with other defence and attack moves.
I became interested in karate because my carer K does karate and is quite good at it, so I am very lucky that I train at my Dojo and I also get taught by K at home.
People sometimes think karate is a fighting sport but it is not, it is all about self control and inner well being and the art of karate should only be used to defend oneself if you are being attacked. Karate helps with self control, concentration and also being part of a team because we all train together. Sometimes we have adults who have just started and we help them with their training.
When I graded I was lucky because K was allowed to sit in the Dojo as she was helping out stamping the membership books. After I had done my kata, K told me how proud she was of me and how well I had done.
I have never done anything like karate before and I am very lucky because I started out dancing and K knew that I was not that into it. K asked me what I would like to do and I said karate.
How lucky am I?”