We took part in the 100 Kata Event organised by Challenge Okinawa, a two hour challenge that brought together martial artists from around the globe. No prizes for guessing that it involved performing 100 Katas or forms simultaneously without a break. Anyone who is familiar with traditional martial arts should appreciate that this is both a mentally and physically taxing confrontation.
Why did we get involved with a Karate event you may ask? Traditional martial arts are a universal language and we experienced a true comradeship whilst visiting Okinawa ourselves, wanting to promote what we all dedicate our lives to we could not resist getting involved. There are also strong historical links between White Crane Kung Fu and Okinawan Karate, both to this day having a Kata or form called The Three Battles at their core.
A huge congratulations to everyone who joined us for the challenge, it was a fantastic and rewarding evening. It really highlights the importance of repetition and the degree of effort it takes to do White Crane well.