Kata Championships to take place in Malta

Saturday, May 11, 2013, 20:08

112 couples and teams, and 31 judges from 19 countries will be participating at the Kata European Judo Championships next week on the 18th and 19th of May at the Cottonera Sports Complex. This edition will be the 10th edition of the Kata European Championships, and the second one to be hosted in Malta. In 2008, the Malta Judo Federation hosted the 5th edition where 70 couples were competing. In 2009, the Malta Judo Federation had also organised the 1st World Kata Championships.


The Kata European Championships consists of 5 Kata:

The Nage No Kata and Katame No Kata introduce a series of Kodokan Judo techniques in Tachi waza (standing) and Katame Waza (grappling) respectively. They contain all the teachings of Prof Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo. Joseph Muscat and Joseph Bonello will be representing Malta in the Katame No Kata.

The Ju no Kata (forms of gentleness) is designed to teach the fundamental principles of judo, especially the principle of Ju (yielding or gentleness). The couple representing Malta in this Kata will be Ivan Esposito and Tiziana Apap. These Kata will start at 09:30hrs on Saturday 18th May.

The other 2 Kata demonstrate Judo and Self-Defence. After Prof Kano created Judo and removed all the techniques that could directly damage the adversary, he decided to insert in his programme a series of techniques of Jujutsu to remind the origins of his discipline.The Kime No Kata represents the art of striking, and of winning the opponent, even if he is armed with a knife or sword. The Kodokan Goshin Jutsu shows the use of Judo when applied as self defence. After many years, because of social changes, a new system reflecting the modern needs was required, and the Kodokan Goshin Jutsu was created, which is a very dynamic kata in comparison to Kime no kata. Representing Malta in this group of Kata are Ray Fava and George Fabri in the Kime no Kata. These Kata will start at 14:15hrs on Saturday 18th May.


Apart from the European Championships, the Malta Judo Federation will be also hosting the Koshiki No Kata European Cup whose purpose is to preserve the historical source of judo. The set of forms is antique and were intended for “Kumiuchi”, the grappling of armored warriors in the feudal ages. As such, the kata is to be performed with both partners imagining that they are clad in armor. This event will start on Sunday 19th May at 09:30hrs. Following this event, the best 3 couples of each Kata in each age group, will perform again to award the absolute champion of each Kata.

Also on Sunday, the federation will host the Judo Show European Cup. The Judo Show is a technical confrontation of fight simulation containing techniques of judo and self-defense, accompanied by music. In this performance, the judoka put forward their technical skills while respecting the judo spirit. This event will start on Sunday 19th May at 13:30hrs. 

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