I was reading earlier today and I thought this paragraph was well worth sharing:
“Simply knowing a kata does not make one strong. Knowing fewer kata is better: It is necessary to understand kata deeply and make them your own. In the past, there were few karate-justu experts who knew many kata. If you specialise and study a small number of kata, then you will be a serious student of karate. My senior, Miyagi Chojun [founder of Goju-Ryu] only practised Sanchin kata for many years, and there is almost no one in Okinawa who does not know his name. If an individual studies a single kata correctly and deeply, it is more profitable than studying ten.” – Kenwa Mabuni, 1934
It’s a view that is shared by many here of course. I also think this paragraph succinctly captures a key difference between modern practise and the practise of the past.
All the best,
PS Ironic that the WKF has Shito-Ryu (the style Mabuni founded) listed as having around 50 kata … way more than any other style!