30 coun­tries tak­ing part in World Kata cham­pi­onships in Malta next month

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Thirty coun­tries rep­re­sented in Malta at the World Kata Judo Cham­pi­onships

Around 300 del­e­gates from 30 coun­tries across the 5 con­ti­nents, will be par­tic­i­pat­ing at the World Kata Judo Cham­pi­onships on 1 and 2 Oc­to­ber at the Uni­ver­sity Sports Pavil­ion.

This edi­tion will be the 8th edi­tion, and the sec­ond one to be hosted in Malta. In 2009, the Malta Judo Fed­er­a­tion hosted the 1st ever World Kata Cham­pi­onships, where 25 coun­tries were rep­re­sented.

The Kata Cham­pi­onships con­sist 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.

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.

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. The Kodokan Goshin Jutsu shows the use of Judo when ap­plied as self de­fence.

Each Kata is eval­u­ated by 5 judges, un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the IJF Kata Com­mis­sion. Each judge will award points for each tech­nique, and the cou­ple with most points will win.

There are 4 cat­e­gories of mis­takes through which the cou­ples can lose points: For­got­ten tech­nique; big mis­take, medium mis­take; and small mis­take.

A draw will be held on Fri­day at 7pm to es­tab­lish the groups and the or­der in which the cou­ples will be per­formed will be de­cided.

An open­ing cer­e­mony will be held on Satur­day at 2.30pm, where a cou­ple of Mal­tese young Ju­doka will per­form the Kata. Paul Curmi dancers will per­form, and Am­ber will sing the Na­tional An­them to of­fi­cially open the Cham­pi­onships.

The spon­sors of the Cham­pi­onships are H20, Visit­malta and Sport­malta, and all the vol­un­teers who are mak­ing this event hap­pen.

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