Kraig Mott started formal martial arts training at the age of 14 in Enumclaw, WA. He received his first degree black belt at the age of 21. While away at college at Eastern Washington University, Kraig taught Isshinryu classes and also attended Goju-Ryu classes. Kraig’s sensei, now 93 years old, has promoted him to 7th degree black belt after 25 years of continued training and teaching.
Isshinryu Karate signifies the practice of traditional Okinawan Karate and the study of empty hand fighting, focusing on the development of one’s character. Kata is an individual training exercise that is used to record specific combat concepts. It simulates an actual fighting situation because it allows the student to feel and experience the coordinated movement at full speed and full power. You will learn to do things you never thought you could. Some examples would be how to control your body’s movement, body throws and dumps, arms and wrists locks, use of impact and focus pads and a lot of free sparring.
Three points should be considered during Karate practice: light and heavy application of strength; expansion and contraction of the muscles; and fast and slow movements in techniques. Although there are those who apply strength excessively or indiscriminately in rapid motions, application of strength does not indicate rapid progress in learning nor does the use of strength in continuous, rapid motions indicate that one is skilled. Rather in doing Kata, one must learn to apply strength when necessary, and to slow down when appropriate.