Is a basic set of kata
developed by the Master Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan style. It means "wide
view" or to "see clearly". When you perform the movement you do it in a
wide area, your movement are not done in one spot, you move forward, backward and
sideways. You should bear in mind, " wide view " when you perform this kata. See
the whole rather than focusing on the individual parts.This attitud is not only important
for the performance of kata, but also to be able to apply this attitud in our daily life
so it can help us to have a better understanding in the way we live and the way we act.
Many of our problems in life stem from narrow-mindedness, prejudice, and cultural biases,
which limit our understanding of ourselves, the world, and of others. Taikyoku means
keeping an open mind, not restricting our focus, not clinging to a narrow view of a
situation, being open to the universe of possibilities. Shunryo Suzuki, a Zen roshi, has
" In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities. In the
expert's mind, There are very few. "
Taikyoku kata is about keeping this beginner's mind.
This kata should be done in about 30 seconds by the beginner. A shodan would be expected
to complete this Kata in about 18 seconds. A 3rd Dan or above would be expected to
complete this kata in about 10 to 12 seconds.