I've recently been introduced to kata competition. Before now, I've only been into learning kata's applications. However, I'm finding a love for the art of it, and the solo competitive videos on YouTube have been excellent.
One such competitor who has exceptional technique is Rika Usami. (Sorry, can't figure out how to post a video directly.)
In an interview conducted by KaratebyJesse, she mentions that strength training is essential for karateka to be able to perform kata correctly. She doesn't look like she trains in the typical methods of strength training (I've been told it's probably little more than push-ups and crunches, as typical karateka players in competition are decades behind on their conditioning), but it got me wondering: how would you format a strength and conditioning program to be excellent at kata execution?