I found myself walking to a waterfall,  through, at first, farmland, and then a jungle forest.  A small group of associates were along, however I was deep in my own thoughts. As I walked up and down rock strained paths, over tree trunks,under fallen trees, through small streams, and up and over large boulders, I couldn’t help but think about Kata, Kihon, and the five elements, Fire on the farms as they burn foliage, Air crisp clean and full of jungle scents, water through and over streams and rivers, the Earth beneath my steps, and all the organic compounds around me, Ether. I was certainly in gratitude in this organic “sacred space” and i “escaped to” katas. Everything here is lush, full of life and earthly energy. Sounds were of palm trees and elephant leaves swaying in the wind, birds of different types calling to each other, likely letting the jungle know it had trespassers, water running over large boulders and swaying and carving out banks, true nature’s harmony. I thought it ironic that I’d be thinking of Goju Ryu kata, with their lethal finishing techniques and the words of Chojun Miyagi Sensei “Do not strike others; Do not be struck by others”. Sanchin, the 3 battles, Mind, Body, and Spirit, Tiger or in the case of Costa Rican jungle,Panther, Hard, Steadfast, Grounded to the Earth, Geksai Attack and Smash Saifa Defeat and Destroy, To Approach One’s Breaking Point Seiunchin To Attack Conquer and Suppress, The Path to Victory in Battle and Sanseiru 36 Hands, 6x6 the first 5 of 6 containing each of the Senses to which mine were in overload. I thought,  each kata has many lessons and the system is wonderfully complete, challenging and certainly effective. I felt its place in nature and my thoughts went back to a different time perhaps a more violent time. I dissected the katas in my mind, to see the 'Forest for the Trees’ , and I though, each kata has a receiving technique, the  beginning of a confrontation, the block, ie the double arm receiving technique in Sanchin, Shisochin, and Sanseiru. The controlling technique Kake Uke in Geksai before the empi and mai geri, or the arm bar used to bring down the aggressor in the first sequence of Sanseiru, or Kake Uke before the Nukite in Seiunchin first three sequences And The Finishing Techniques, mawashi geri actually neck breaking techniques at the end of Saifa, Sanchin, Shisochin, and Nukite to the throat and the end of Sensei Urbans Empi Ha or the empi after the bridge in Shisochin. I began to think of the katas and kihon and how I have practiced each, I thought of my mentors and their techniques and abilities and I thought how fortunate I am to be on this journey, to better understand this ancient “system” to relate to it’s ancestors and to have all these guides to mentor me along. I thought as i walked, in the slippery areas I should remain grounded, firm low centre of gravity, well balanced so as to stay on my feet. Walk on rocks as if a Crane, balancing, in control, arms (wings) out for better balance. I floated into my sacred space, a walking meditation, whisking low hanging leaves Jodan uke, mawashe uke, or the pari and step back in seiunchin before the sweep and hammer strike. Kosa Dachi over stones to practice balance, Zenkutsu stepping over branches, Shiko Dachi under fallen trees that were to low to walk under in an upright position. Ah finally the Waterfall … serene peaceful, Breathing Palms …...