My purpose of posting these clips here is because I believe there are some inspiring things in these kata performances that are applicable to jûdôka interested in kata.
There is some powerful breathing and kiai, rarely seen in female jûdô kata performers. She 'lives' the kata which even though reflecting sophisticated choreography and smoothness, is never at the detriment of speed and effectiveness. It's everything but dead kata. Every movement is an upload and release of elasticity with great biomechanical efficiency. It's the contrary of merely replicating mechanical conventions. Neither is what she's doing gymnastics, something we increasingly see in medal-winning Western female jû-no-kata performers. There is no doubt that would she does is the product of timeless practice, while she remains critical of her own skills aware of the need to practice more, the same words so often uttered by the late Fukuda Keiko.
If jûdôka could again engage in practising the kata of Kôdôkan with the same attention for ki, and effectiveness of fighting movement, stance, release of power it would be great. For now, please, enjoy watching the clips.