with each new kata, it is important to remind
oneself of the adage: "Manabu no tame ni hyakkkai,
jukuren no tame ni senkai, satori no tame ni manga
A hundred times to learn, a thousand
times for proficiency, ten thousand
repetitions for complete understanding.
A related Okinawan saying is "ichi kata san nen"
(一型三年): one kata
three years. To become truly proficient-to be able to perform it
correctly, and with the speed, power, timing, and bushi damashii (samurai spirit) necessary
to make its techniques effective in a real self-defence
situation will take a thousand repetitions, which
equates to 100 days at ten repetitions a day.
And to fully understand and apply all of its principles,
nuances, and variations will take 1,000 days (three
years) at ten repetitions per day.
When performing bunkai (分解)
and considering the ōyō (応用) of
Jion, it will be necessary to apply
one's accumulated knowledge and vivid imagination to visualise the potential uses
for the techniques in the kata.
Consideration must be given to the possibility that some
movements represent applications other than obvious
blocks or strikes (gōhō), but may instead—or
addition—have jūhō applications.