PRINCIPLES OF TRAINING BY ICHIKAWA SOSUI O-SENSEI

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Thirty Years of Training:   The Principle of Ten, Ten & Ten

• The First Decade:  The first 10 years of training are dedicated to the body.  At this point, one is a student.  Workouts are physically demanding in order to develope speed and power.  Kata is at the first level of form.

 The Second Decade:  The second 10 years of training are devoted to the mind.  At this point. the student has developed into a disciple.  The focus of training shifts to the understanding of kata, waza and most importantly, the heart and mind.  Kata are Orthodox Form.

• The Third Decade:  The third 10 years of training embrace the spirit.  At this point, the disciple has matured into a teacher. During this time, training focuses on the unification of Body, Mind and Spirit  through meditation, ki-waza and kokyu-waza.  Kata are energy form.
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