‘Keep kata as they are without embellishing them.’ Yasutsune Itosu. ‘..In actual combat, it will not do to be hampered by the rituals of kata. Instead, the practitioner should transcend kata, moving freely according to the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses.’
Breathe, connect to loved ones
Seize the immediate air that may be the last
Commit utterly to destruction: combat.
As different as a tsunami
To the surface of a Scots pine forest pond-kata and combat.
Inner or outer audience for your kata
It is a beauty of being, a life
That begins and begins with a bow
A piece from Temples fae Creels (Kettionlia) slightly changed.
Oor hoose on Shore Road
Wis aye spuckled in spray
Fae waves that ripped san
Aff protective rock skerries.
Reek trails fae the Lothian side
Wid hing aboot Cockenzie
The power station
Opposite Fife’s gowden beach mantle;
Ony windae wis guid.
January wis special-waves
Slammin intae the herbour waas
Muckle white flares hingin
Afore rainin doun lik lava:
The Robin Kata
Often he spins up to be spider-bird
Watching vertically poised above his planet
A metre over me on the wall.
Be it Jitte or Jiin or washing perhaps Gis out for drying
The wee chest marks a wound of flight on fence or ground.
Like each performance of a Sochin or Empe
Different robins dance or move to a unique internal barometer.
Later reflect on the arrogance of the human
That it is nature that watches us, our dance our imperfections.