Itsutsu No Kata

Itsutsu No Kata
The Itsutsu-no-Kata was established in 1887 by the founder of Kodokan Judo, Jigoro Kano.
The kata forms the basis of Kodokan Judo. Inspired by the forms found in nature,
Jigoro Kano strived to come up with a way of expressing those forces through Judo.
The result is the Itsutsu-no-Kata.
There are no names for the specific techniques, but the Itsutsu-no-Kata comprises
all the fundamental principles of Kodokan Judo, applying the theoretical basis of attack
and defense to natural phenomena. In that sense they can also be appreciated
from an artistic point of view.
· Form 1: Demonstrates the principle that rationalized, continuous attack will bring defeat,
even against a strong power. This technique represents the impeccable strength of justice.
A small power applied continuously, in a rational manner, can control a huge power.
· Form 2: Demonstrates the principle of using the energy of the opponent’s attack to
defeat them,
or victory through yielding.
· Form 3: Demonstrates the principle of the whirlpool, wherein the inner circle controls
the outer circle. Two objects revolving in giant circles, inevitably they close in on each other,
and then part without damage.
· Form 4: Demonstrates the power of the ocean’s tide. The tide will draw everything
on the shore into the ocean,no matter how large, as a giant wave sweeping the
beach clean of all debris and impurity.
· Form 5: Demonstrates the principle of yielding. When unlimited energies collide with each other,
one yields to avoid destroying both. This technique shows that a clash between two strong forces
can only result in mutual doom, but if you step aside and give way there will be peace and coexistence.