The sweat of the hot furnace and countless swings of the hammer are comparable to the repetition of kata and the sweat of the brow and body from the exertion of the physical strain of creating power in movements, and the speed while remaining balanced of the movement from place to place. I think the author of this book for me created a term for what I want my kata to become.
I agree Fred. The kata should display 'martial aspects' not ballet action...or 'flower arranging' ...I have seen examples of both as I am sure you have.
In addition to all other 'essentials' that Kata ingrains...
Katas are critical in the beginning to forge warrior spirit in addition to developing breath 'power' _ awareness of center_focus_ timing and range.
The 'whole package' becomes apparent when we look at certain individual performances, i.e, Shinjo sensei_ Nakahodo sensei_ and the many other masters too numerous to list.
One performance here at 'home' that highly impressed me was the Sanseiryu of Andre Tippet I saw at Joe Graziano's dojo during a Gushi seminar.
And not just because he is an NFL hall of famer and a huge_ superb, incredibly powerful athlete.
He put it all together in unmistakable ways from where I stood.
After watching him, anything else looks like 'flower arranging'