From: katagwa@a... Date: Tue Jun 26, 2001 2:39 am Subject: Advincula's Kata (Who, the what, the why)
Who, the what,
I never created a kata until I was over 50 years old. The reason
why I created kata is simple; at my dojo I taught Escrima, Hindiandi,
Isshin-ryu karate & kobudo, Ryukonkai kobudo. For the
empty hand part of Escrima, I taught combat judo and Hindiandi.
I had a few who wanted to study Hindiandi so I created two kata
for them to study. I named them AJA 1 and AJA 2 after my initials.
At a seminar in Mississippi, Susan Riddles Aikido Sensei who
was Italian said that in Italian, AJA meant gas. So I said I
was changing the name and Kanpu (Mark Riddle) called it Goncho
1 and Goncho 2. Goncho was one of my nick names meaning "Glasses."
In a latter trip to Okinawa, Tokumura Kensho said that Tatsuo
called me Katagwa. Kata with the suffix -gwa as in Kyan Chotoku's
nick name Chan migwa. In 1984, I went to see Kaneshi Eiko and
Shigema Genyu, two of Tatsuo's senior students. My brother-in-law,
Ikemiya Hiroshi called and made an appointment to meet them
at Kaneshi's dojo. They told me they didn't know for sure who
was coming and thought of several people. They thought it might
be Akabu (Dave Zaslow), Higiqwa (Paul Heffernen), or Watabu
(John Bartusevics ) or Katagwa (me). Akabu is red head person
and Dave Zaslow was a red head. Higigwa is mustache person and
Paul Heffernan had a mustache. Watabu means fat person, and
John Bartusevics was large. I thought when they called me the
kata man it was their nickname for me, but it was Tatsuo's because
I never ever trained with either Kaneshi or Shigema.
Kata Katagwa 2 was the acutely the first kata I created. It
had techniques from Goju-ryu, Isshin-ryu, combat judo and Hindiandi.
Later I created Katagwa 1 based on seisan kata using techniques
from Isshin-ryu and Hindiandi.
Hindiandi only had two kata so Katagwa 1 and 2 were made for
my Hindiandi people. Others heard about these kata and wanted
to learn them. None of the kata I created is a requirement for
Kusanku Kama and Kusanku Nunchaku are again made because I also
teach Advincula-Do kobudo.
Kusanku Kama and Kusanku Nunchaku was created because Tatsuo
created Kusanku Sai. The first person to learn Kusanku Nunchaku
was Holly Zeigler who wanted to learn the Nunchaku. So she was
there at the time it evolved. Parts of the Kusanku kata Holly
was having problems with and I was going to remove the difficulty
but she begged me to keep them in. She mastered it like a pro.
I created several Escrima kata but only practice one. The name
of this kata is "Ascension" and was named by Sam Duncca who
is my highest ranking Escrimador. The true meaning is hidden
in the last technique.
I have said this about kata. You can only know for sure the
true meaning of a kata if you know the person who created it
and why. Unless you were their at the time it was being created
you can only speculate the who, the what and the why.