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