Planned publication: February 2024
What makes a good kata? How many kata should one train? Is it allowed to change the techniques and the course of a kata? In what way should one train kata? What do the meanings of kata tell us? Is it important to know the meaning of the kata techniques?
The question what is kata is a deeply philosophical one. Therefore the answers are complex and constantly in motion.
Together with Martin Kupper Sensei - my sparring partner in philosophical and historical questions - we have been writing this book for several months.
We plan to publish it in February 2024, but who knows, maybe it will take longer.
Planned publication: June 2024
As we know, the Pinan Kata were developed at the beginning of the 20th century by Itosu Sensei and introduced into the school system of Okinawa.
On what basis did Itosu Sensei develop the Pinan Kata?
It is believed that Itosu Sensei used older kata of Okinawan karate to develop the Pinan Kata. The basis was supposedly a variation of the Kushanku. Itosu Sensei allegedly removed many dangerous techniques from these kata, such as fingertip strikes into the eyes, to make karate suitable for teaching in school lessons.
In the karate of Toyama Kanken the Channan was preserved until today. In my opinion, Itosu Sensei did not develop the Pinan Kata based on the Kushanku or any other kata. In my opinion, the foundation was clearly the Channan.
In my book I will illustrate the sequence of the Channan for the first time and give a detailed explanation of my Channan no Kata theory. Please be patient while waiting!
Planned publication: December 2030
The encyclopedia is probably my most ambitious project. In this book I would like to describe all kata that have been handed down by Toyama Kanken. Additionally I would like to summarize all kata that have been developed by his students.
I am constantly working on this book. The draft already has over 300 pages. When I have finished this mamoth project, there will be nothing left for me to do to reappraise the history of Shudokan.