The Spiritual and Emotional Content of
Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate Kata
A Book by Roy Kenneth Kamen
I dedicate this book to those who have gone before
and transmitted their knowledge faithfully and fully.
I bow and say:
“Please Teach Me”
There is no gate on the way of life that refuses entrance
to those who want to pass through.
If you want to go somewhere, take any way,
there are thousands and all are equal.
If luckily you succeed in your goal,
the way will disappear and you will become the way
A Path To Enlightenment
On the surface, Karate Kata is a collection of fighting techniques performed in a sequential dance-like order coordinated with specific breathing patterns, following specific directions across the floor. Many Martial Arts include Kata as part of their systems.
Beneath the surface however, the Kata of Traditional Okinawan GoJu-Ryu Karate hold a secret.
By passing through the various Kata of the system, a student gradually progresses through physical, emotional and spiritual states that ultimately provide a roadmap to becoming a fearless and
compassionate human being.