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Iain Abernethy

Iain Abernethy
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Iain Abernethy has been involved in the martial arts since childhood. Iain holds the rank of 6th Dan with the British Combat Association (one of the world's leading groups for close-quarter combat, self-protection and practical martial arts) and 5th Dan with the British Karate Association. Iain regularly writes for the UK's leading martial arts magazines and he is a member of the "Combat Hall of Fame".

There is Nothing Peaceful About the Pinan Kata Series!

In this article I want to challenge some of the commonly held beliefs about the Pinan kata series or the Heian series of kata....

Katas: Closing the Skill Gap

Although they are often derided by the uninitiated for their perceived lack of practicality, the katas are the key to ensuring karate remains a...

Kata: Lock or a Key

In this article I'd like to briefly discuss some of the ways in which we can view kata, and how, if we adopt a...

Kata: Why Bother

There are many differing views on the value of kata. Kata is regarded by some to be the very 'soul' of the martial arts....

The Four Stages of Kata Practice

Practically all karateka practice kata; however, most only practice the initial stage and therefore they do not develop a rounded and more complete understanding...

A Brief History of Kata

If you are interested in the effective and realistic use of the combative methods recorded within kata, it is important that you have some...

Iain Abernethy Kata King

Iain Abernethy has been involved in the martial arts since childhood. He began his training in karate under Doug James 7th Dan; who was...