I mention cadence in the processes, from the page Of course there’s more but…. Well since this is a bit of a difference in topic I thought I’d revisit and discuss in more detail.
I think that timing and changes in speed of a kata are a more modern interpretation of the performance than the older versions of the kata.
I feel thought these changes can help highlight areas of importance and other underlying concepts the kata provide.
Tension for example shows there is an increase of overall strength when tensing parts or all areas of the body.
Speed in a technique will cause the body to react differently to a power shot. The difference may be important at that point of the kata and put the opponent in a different position for greater benefit for the following technique.
Dont always focus on the prominent technique or the one performing the most obvious action. The remaining parts of the body have as much to determine the outcome of any technique as do the part doing the actual destruction.
Just because some parts of the kata are performed at speed or with tension, we must not focus on that fact. Do not think that if its done slowly in the kata then it’s done slowly against a partner.
The number 1 rule is to make the technique your looking be responsible for incapacitating your opponent. There for if a movement is performed slowly that represents a taking of balance… This is best performed with speed and power to make sure what you do has the desired affect…
An educated guess would tell me that the majority of speed difference have come in more modern times, as part of the interpretation of the masters that learned and changed them to suit them a little more. Its the nature of kata for that to happen. I think it would be fair to say that the original kata was performed at a speed for the creator to remember the moves, nothing more.
… more to come…