Friday, August 22, 2014

The “Missing Links” of Kata?

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Interest in the original karate techniques – as recorded within the katas – is most definitely on the increase. It seems that more and more people are no longer content to practice karate as a basic kick /punch system and wish to practice all aspects of the art. In order to extract these oft-neglected aspects [...]

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Why Bother With Kata?

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You hear this all the time, Kata is nothing like a fight, why bother with Kata? You don’t see any Kata moves in the UFC, why bother with Kata? You don’t see any fancy Kata moves outside the chip shop on a Saturday night, why bother with Kata? I don’t know what those moves really [...]

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Naihanchi – Karate’s Most Deadly Kata?

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The kata Naihanchi (Tekki) is practiced within the majority of karate styles. The word ‘Naihanchi’ is said to mean ‘sideways fighting’ due to the kata’s distinctive embusen (floor pattern). This embusen often leads to many karateka incorrectly believing that the kata is for fighting on a boat, or when your back is against a wall [...]

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There is nothing “Peaceful” about the Pinans!

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In this article I want to challenge some of the commonly held beliefs about the Pinan / Heian series. Although frequently viewed as kata for children or beginners, it is my belief that the Pinan series represent a holistic and frequently brutal combat system. To establish why I believe that to be true, the first [...]

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