All Martial Arts And Sports Use Kata to Train

All Martial Arts And Sports Use Kata to Train

In today’s society of modern martial arts
kata seems to be a bad word because it’s attributed to the classical abstract
forms that are done in classical styles the truth of the matter is if you
understand what kata is you will see that all forms of martial arts do it
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video coming out question for today is what are your thoughts where kata is
used in your martial arts system let us know in the comments down there so we
can possibly get a discussion going and go further in depth in what we think Kata
it is as was stated when we think of kata most people think of the classical
forms of martial arts that are done whether in tournaments for tests or just
as a training aid for most of the classical styles many of these classical
stylized forms have been around in some variation over the past few hundred
years often these Katas are considered
useless by many of the mainstream martial artists out there today you feel
that it’s just outdated in reality that just don’t understand the actual purpose
for the kata the problem with that type of thinking is that if you’re in the
martial arts you’re actually doing kata all the time the word at kata actually
means in Japanese according to according to what someone has learned before you
and is trying to pass it down to you some people make the mistake of not
understanding the translation because our English language or Latin based
languages tend to be a little bit more limited in some ways so they really miss
what the translation is standing for even I have my problems trying to
understand languages and have to constantly look them up to make sure I’m
completely understanding what I am trying to accomplish with my limited
vocabulary we’re not going to the classical martial arts today to
understand kata that would defeat the whole purpose of this video what I am
going to talk to you about is what I think kata really is whether you’re in
UFC MMA boxing fencing classical martial arts football and baseball use all forms
of kata let’s use pitching as an example there are many types of pitches that a
pitcher can control from sliders to curveballs to to knuckle balls to fast
balls that could go on and on and in each of these there’s something that’s
basically attributed to each of those throws even in the big league some
pitchers cannot throw all of the different types of pitches that there
are but they focus on becoming good at the pitches that they can throw up
physically and mentally if they were left to their own device a person might
be able to figure out how to do all the types of pitches that they’re good at Oh
that’s where coaching comes in without proper coaching the picture would take a
lot longer in doing it and probably be too older really to pitch in a major
league game by the time he figured it all out so in coaching someone has to
come up with the basic drills and the premise of what they’re trying to do
when they handle that ball this includes proper fingering, torquing, hip action and
the general types of control that is needed for that it’s the same way if
you’re doing martial arts say like boxing they teach you how to punch and
jab cross and defend yourself to keep from getting hurt when you were going to
fight these drills and exercises would be taught to you over and over again
until they become ingrained in your movements and actions to build up the
necessary reflex muscle memory and how to apply them properly in classical
martial arts originally kata was done by two people this was used to test
out the techniques in practice and understanding how to apply what they
were doing in their actions this is still common in judo jujitsu
several other different martial arts like Kempo some Chinese martial arts
even in Okinawan karate wrestling boxing the main idea of doing kata individually
came later as the teacher began to realize that the techniques were so vast
it was hard to teach everything at once especially the important ones so they
basically developed the pattern using those movements in order to understand
them better and it’s something called Kwan Bu and that’s the type of system
that they used in order to develop those kata this would help to build up those
body actions and make sure they weren’t forgotten now mind you they’ve been
changed down over the years but that’s another discussion for another time
there’s another theory I kind of agree with put out there by Hanshi Patrick
McCarthy who stated that he felt that it was done by habitual acts of physical
violence that was done some people refer to this as HAPV this basically utilized
the types of unarmed combat that would often be seen with the peasants or the
normal people that weren’t in the courts but it didn’t stop there we even see it
in martial arts weapons that are used in even in the European weapons in fighting
that they had set it up that way I’ve looked over many books from the
Renaissance period that taught fighting and how to do it throughout Europe it
was done so that all fighters and soldiers knew exactly what was being
requested of them when they were done these techniques were basically built
around the fact that they worked in actual combat the bad thing was it did
stagnate many of the soldiers from being able to think for themselves because
they really didn’t have the intellectual knowledge break
down these techniques and examine them for themselves in situations where a
person could break them down and actually change and we’re build on what
they’ve learned they usually became the top notch fighters and we’re often
recognized that way as examples in the essence these tactics and strategies
were basically the ideals that form as you could say a kata there hopefully
will cover some of these principles in a later video and I do plan on one coming
up here real soon but let’s understand how kata applies
with the technique the first thing we’re going to talk about as I mentioned was
the breakdown of the technique the Japanese often refer to this as Bunkai
and any classical practitioner will usually break down the premises of each
of these movements that are done in the katas that they perform to become well
acquainted with the movements and actions they’re doing when they perform
them without the breakdown of the techniques many of these actions become
single sided and are only seen for a one or two purposes with the reality of not
knowing what the original purpose was the examination of any techniques
whether it’s kata whether it’s training drills that you’re doing your basic
experience has to break down and surmise what this technique is being used in
order to change it for different types of tactics or strategies you might be
trying to build upon so this is the basic groundwork for any kind of kata or
according to purpose when people are taught these according to they are given
the breakdown of what that movements about according to that person teaching
or sometimes according to what that level needs to learn there are a lot of
things that can be broken down when you’re trying to study the bunkai of your
technique remember at one time these bunkai were very personal for somebody
who figured out how to use them efficiently and effectively the second
part is analyzing the technique you just broke down the Japanese also refer to
this as Bunseki this takes that from that single sided nature that we talked
about and puts a generalized purpose to build upon the different possible uses
or applications through the things that were not originally thought of for that
kata or set of techniques and build upon the strategy and tactics that we are
trying to incorporate into these different actions and get to the goal
we’re trying to accomplish I use the system I call tap to analyze my own
techniques you can click it up here at the top you want and go to it’s one of
my first videos so the quality isn’t as good as they are now but the information
is very useful if you want to understand
that process the third part is actually applying the technique and when I say
actually applying the technique I mean in a way not generally taught this is
sometimes referred to as a Oyo in Japanese this involves making sure you
have a good partner or partners depending on what you’re trying to
accomplish with it where you can both break down these techniques to
understand them it is used to see how they would be applied in those
situations and it possible understand when they won’t work in certain
situations this type of training requires that you keep your ego in check
because just because your technique looks pretty if it doesn’t work you
can’t use it and you don’t not in the application you’re trying to do in
keeping with that type of application you can better distill each of these
techniques and see how they can be formulated to handle any type of self
defense situation or sparring situation depending on where you’re going with
this now I know there are several people out there gonna say Bruce Lee said
caught it was useless understand one thing Bruce Lee did start out with
Katas, he also learned techniques from many different styles and apply
them to his own because he understood according to the practice of his
technique what a real kata was what I took from him was the fact that most
classical styles tend not to let the student use too much variations at a
lower rank in order to make sure everybody’s doing the same thing so the
students have to blindly follow somebody for a long time now the problem is many
of these martial artists that were taught classical styles often had the
same problems with the instructors that we’re teaching it they wouldn’t allow
you to do anything different or think for yourselves they expected you to
listen and do exactly what they say without actually teaching you how to
apply everything and I think in the beginning it does help to prevent any
confusion with what’s going on people know basically how to apply something
and if they want to further get into their studies they can then start
breaking it down as they get more advanced I think many techniques were
lost and understanding from the classical karate as well as many of the
techniques that were done in the past however these three principles of Bunkai
Bunseki and Oyo have always been prevalent it doesn’t matter whether it’s
Asian martial arts or European fighting In studying the older forms you have to
also remember that karate was meant to evolve
sometimes we evolve our styles so far that we actually lose one
the importance was of those techniques so we do have to maintain that and keep
it because it could be important for somebody else besides you it’s just
understanding what really kata is doing for a martial artist so if you think you
don’t want to do kata quit doing your jobs quit doing your jab reverse punch
combinations quit doing blocking because that’s kata and whether you like it or
not if you don’t train that way you will not be able to perform the proper
movements or techniques when the time comes in the future I hope to share some
of my ideals and thoughts about kata that I’ve been able to pull from the
various forms I’ve studied over the years some of you out there probably
throwing your hands up in the air said oh great another kata person but I see
kata in every training drill or exercise that is done now I hope this has been
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2 thoughts on “All Martial Arts And Sports Use Kata to Train”

  • First video on Kata and how all martial arts and sports use some form of kata. Its a great introduction for Kata and a great addition to advanced knowledge. Let me know what you think.

    NOTE: sorry was late. Hard Drive crashed taking most everything with it. Might be slow getting things up for the next few weeks, but will do our best to keep on time, but have to recreate many different items. Hopefully for the better.

  • My ideas about how kata is used in my karate class are:

    1. Ranking.
    2. Persistence training.
    3. Education of the mind.
    4. Discipline.

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