Curious about my background [curiosity killed the cat, you know
]? I’ve trained for 12 years under Senseis Bill Arch and James Thompson. Currently I am a Sandan and a Sr. Instructor under Sensei Arch at the Y – I also teach at Sensei Joyner’s in Grand Rapids 1x/week. I’ve attended two Summer Camps in Kalamazoo and am a graduate of several Awakening the Warrior Within sessions by Dawn Callan (where learn how not to be a victim … you train to be stalked and attacked on the last day of the seminar. There are three rounds with l, 2 or 3 attackers and each round escalates in the intensity of the attacks.) I’ve also done survival camping in the Arizona and California deserts.
I originally was asked to teach, I suspect, because of the large number of women who began attending the two dojos. Now classes consist of both men and women. I work primarily with kyu ranks.
If I consistently practiced 3 main kata, I would probably become very proficient in them technically … after all, repetition is the mother of invention. However, just as the “unexamined life is not worth living,” so is the unexamined kata not worth doing, in my opinion.
I embrace the whole “I” aspect of training. It is very important for me to look at what comes up for me during training --- whether it’s in my emotional, mental, or spiritual aspects. I approach training as the way of transformation. Some are merely seeking incremental change … rank, more confidence, etc. And that’s fine … whatever gets you to begin. Along the way, however, I must be open to transformation or change that Life wants me to go through. And this involves looking at all my aspects.
To quote CJ Beck … “We think that we’re going to be wonderful versions of who we are now. Yet true transformation perhaps means that the next step means that we’re going to be a bag lady.”
As for the other 5 kata ... I think they all have still something to teach to everyone ... Yes, they are building blocks for the main three and to help kyu ranks learn techniques and movements. However, I find much more value in them since I've been a dan rank. Going back and doing them now, they take on a whole new meaning and flow.
Hope I've answered your questions ... don't apologize ... it's hard to really know someone on these forums.
[This message has been edited by Jackie Olsen (edited 09-13-99).]