Its a movement… but thats not all…

I’ve heard it said that there are no defensive actions in kata, and while this seems to be true in the static sense of the word, there are plenty of actions that could be categorised as a defensive action.

So when you think about seeing what the actions in a kata mean, you have to look at all aspects of the sequence your analysing, this includes:

– attacking arm

– chambering arm

– your body position 

– your weight distribution

– the direction of your movement

– the direction of your attacking arm

– the direction of the chambering arm

– the speed and power

– your focus point 

I believe there should be no waisted moves in a kata sequence. The actions in a sequence show conceptually and technically how to incapacitate a person in a fast efficient manner. Your not playing tag, you are essentially playing with the ability to walk away or more drastically live. 

Seems harsh but think of the reasons why kata were developed… As a civilian to protect themselves from attack. The kata is simply the package to remember these moves. If this is the case and you were thinking of a way to remember the important point for self preservation would you add superfluous moves that have little or no meaning on the outcome of an attack? I know I wouldn’t…

This is why when I look at dissecting a kata sequence I look at all movements from a top down view then a bottom up view. Looking top down I look at the larger “concepts” the ways the body movements help take balance and get you closer to the attack point. Bottom up I look at the ways a finishing technique kick, punch grab affects the opponent. Its clinical, its direct, its fast and it needs to work 90% of the time for 90%of the people. Your ultimate goal is to finish your opponent as fast and effectively as possible. 


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