Kata is an interesting training methodology. Many sporting orientated martial arts deride the contribution and benefits that kata brings often considering it unrealistic, impractical and too fixed. It is ironic therefore that many of these sporting forms then focus heavily on drills. Like most points of confusion, it ultimately comes down to a lack of understanding. Particularly in an age with an abundance of expertise, it is scary the lack of even rudimentary levels of under
In these arts we call martial, there are just a couple of things that we have all heard time and time again that make us hang a heavy head, sigh with sorrow and bring hand to face. There is the saying, “you can’t argue with stupid” well these are the five things that make my inner numbskulls press the only in case of emergency face palm button followed by the walk away protocol. 1) “That wouldn’t work in the street” I have no idea where this street is that everyone talks abou
When we practice Kata we explore interaction. Interaction with our technique, which requests honesty and precision. Interaction with our motivation, which requires diligence and persistence. Interaction with our adversary, which requires adaptability and strategy. Kata also assumes. It assumes that you understand and apply the principles in Bujutsu consistently in practice. If your opponent is more powerful than you then you shouldn’t rigidly stick to the kata line but come o
So the punch comes in, you’ve already restomped the groin and you headbutt your opponent whilst executing a flying suplex as a finishing move. Obviously this is a highly artistic process. I’m sure the blood splatter alone would fetch a high price at any gallery. But seriously why do we call what we do an art and what does that really mean? All arts have a central idea which they adhere to which is that they are concerned with the aspects of aesthetic performance. This doesn’t
One issue which I feel is often under addressed by many martial artists is the use of pseudo scientific concepts, however well intentioned, to explain simple physically relationships and laws. As a physics teacher I know full well the massive range of misconceptions even outstanding physics students often have until they are forced to readdress their understanding to reach a higher level of understanding further down the line. It is for the exact same reason why I feel we can
I’m rather a fan of chocolate. White chocolate, milk chocolate, don’t worry not mint chocolate I’m not a barbarian! So a chocolate related koan for you. “You get a tin of celebrations chocolates (You take out the bounty’s because no-one wants those) and a tin of Quality Street. You empty the quality street tin, by whichever method you fancy (chances are... you eat them), and into the now-empty quality street tin you place the celebrations and close the lid. Inside do you have
Bunkai is potentially one of the most divisive topics in Karate. The applications put forward as the accurate interpretations of kata movement vary from the wonderful to the ridiculous. There is in my opinion an unnecessary argument between what some perceive as traditional bunkai and others who claim practical bunkai. This argument is predicated upon the false notion that the two are mutually exclusive. Furthermore the notion of practical bunkai should surely be an unnecessa
I didn't know what I'd see. The view that would await me at sunrise. Arriving at the lake in the black of night meant that all but the sound of the lake was still a mystery. My first night in our new camper on the Tour of Japan was spent parked up at the shore of Lake Yamanakako in the shadow of Mt. Fuji. The Jet lag and time difference had not subsided. I awoke at 5 o'clock as if it was normal. A pleasant lie in almost. I stepped outside of the camper to be greeted by Japan'