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Katannabis – Designing You Kata Syllabus: Level V Kata

1 Mar

Level V Kata

Level V will be an interesting level for you to explore. It is at the end of level IV, moving into level V where you will begin to experience and “dip your toes” into the non-physical waters of the esoteric kata experience. This is the level that, in the early stages of you Katannabis meditation exploration, you will encounter the unknown and unseen. The Kata that will bring you there is Suparunpei. For those that do not have Suparunpei Kata in your kata syllabus, please see endnote # 1. 

I’ve included a copy of my journal with my earliest memory of learning Suparunpei Kata. I encourage you to at least give it a cursory read. In it I relate the advice I personally, out of a group of fifty or so students, was given by Sensei. At the time, I was told I would be the one to understand its meaning – “ You cannot perform Suparunpei Kata (which Sensei called “Pechurin” in his native Okinawa dialect) if you are spiritually impure.” It seemed strange at the time that I was singled out and quietly told this. Now, decades later I fully understand the import of Sensei’s words. 

So, again, if you do not know Suparunpei Kata, endnote # 1 provides a link to learn my Sanchin-dai Kata (“Great Three Battles”). Both Suparunpei and Sanchin-dai will produce the effects that will help you enter and explore the Unseen. These effects are discussed in great detail in later chapters. For now, I wish to acquaint you with them. I call these phenomenon the following:

  • The Mandala-effect;
  • Spatial Distortion;
  • Time-Slip.

The above are not presented in any order. When I first experienced the phenomenon I had no idea what exactly was happening. It took time to first understand and identify and then label, quantify and explain. To the best of my knowledge the phenomenon of spatial distortion was first but closely followed by the phenomena of time-slip. It took more time to realize that the Mandala-effect was, perhaps, the overriding phenomenon that gives birth to the other two. 

You will, repeat, will, experience these new phenomenon. The fact is they help form the portal to the exploration of the non-physical dimensions. My dojo patch always incorporated the symbol of a Tori. I’ve worn that patch since 1971. It took decades for me and the advent of Katannabis ritual meditation for me to appreciate the symbolism of the Tori – a gateway or portal. Suparunpei and Sanchin-dai become the Tori. 

I would wholeheartedly encourage you to keep a journal of your Katannabis experiences. Documenting them will help you review and understand the process. I am merely guiding you. You will determine and find your own path. You can use the detailed discussion of these phenomenon as a template for your own experiences and notes.

Cum Superiorum Privilegio Veniaque

Sensei John Szmitkowski

Bonus – Suparunpei as Mala journal notes


 1. Having only spent the last twenty or so years of my fifty-two year kata journey on the topic of Katannabis, my research into Levels IV to VI is limited. I am convinced that these levels must utilize what I call the “Sacred-Trinity” of Kata, namely: Seienchin, Suparunpei and Sanchin. Now, I fully realize that if these Kata are not in your martial arts kata catalogue, it would be a tall order to try to learn all three. To allow you to experience Katannabis without this additional burden, I created the “Sanchin-Dai” (“Great Three Battles”) Kata which incorporates the salient concepts of the sacred-trinity as far as Katannabis meditation is concerned. You may learn Sanchin-Dai Kata for yourself using this link: – – Coming Soon – – 


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