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- Mar 18, 2005
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Could you explain what this means? thanks.
Each of the four major Karate systems (Shotokan, Wado Ryu, Shito Ryu, Goju Ryu) decided on two kata within their systems, to be used in the Shitei / Mandatory divisions. The kata are as follows:
Shotokan: Kanku Dai, Jion
Wado Ryu: Chinto, Seishan
Shito Ryu: Seienchin, Bassai Dai
Goju Ryu: Seipai, Saifa
In the elite divisions for kata competition, depending on the number of competitors, you generally must do Shitei kata for your first two rounds (unless the divisions are small enough, in which case only one round of Shitei kata). You don't have to do only your system's kata; for example, many Wado Ryu practitioners use Chinto for one round, and then Kanku Dai or Jion as their second round Shitei kata, since Seishan doesn't really show very well.
The kata must be done as described in the mandatory fashion. Thus, no dojo-specific variations are allowed, and failure to follow this can result in disqualification.
This way, everyone's more or less on the same footing during those first two rounds. The judges can focus on the quality of techniques, as opposed to fluff and buff or degree of difficulty, since all 8 Shitei kata are more or less about the same difficulty.
After the Shitei rounds are complete, then you can choose any of the kata on the Tokui (Open) list.