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Kata and Bunkai

Articles on USAdojo.com about kata training and the bunkai that makes kata necessary in the martial arts.

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....

Quest For The Truth: The Origin of Tang Soo Do’s Forms

Hwang Kee, founder of Tang Soo Do, claimed to have brought the art's Pyong Ahn forms back from China in the 1930s. That was...

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....

Nunti Bo: The bo with the sai on the end

In Isshin-ryu we have three bo (long staff) kata. About 20 years ago I was pondering a particular characteristic of one of them. Let...

Sanchin Kata

Kata (exercises or forms) are performed in many styles of martial arts. With the help of these particular forms of exercise, many diverse techniques...

The Hidden Side of Kata – An interview with Master Willie...

The majority of martial artists are looking for self-defense and it is the hidden side of kata where real self defense is found. This...

Tegumi – Old Style Karate’s Two Person Exercise

Tegumi or Okinawan grappling and wrestling Just as a great dish needs a recipe or an extensive trip needs a map, so too does the...

KIAI – The Powerful Shout

KIAI - ( Exhale - the strong shout ) KI ( chi ) – inner energy AI – uniting, joining Kiai is the consequence of a special...

Mike Hancock on Kata Bunkai

For centuries the martial arts have been cloaked in mystery and folk lore.  The deadly techniques used by master practitioners of karate were frequently...

The Importance of Kata

Over the past several years I've written articles discussing various sides of martial arts training.  In my article entitled, “Commercialism vs. Traditionalism” I talked...

KATA – An Important Part of Martial Arts

Kata is a form of unique obligatory exercises involving a series of hand and foot techniques, of punches and kicks, connected by certain movements,...

The Basics of Bunkai – Part 1

Kata (formal forms) were regarded as the cornerstone of martial arts training by the past masters. However, many modern karate practitioners question the value...

Tegumi – Karate’s Forgotten Range

It is believed that the native wrestling art of Tegumi, along with the Kempo systems brought to Okinawa by the Chinese, were forerunners of...

Naihanchi’s Mook Jong Drills – Karate’s Hidden Wooden Dummy Techniques

Naihanchi or Tekki kata is one of several traditional Chinese-Okinawan karate katas whose origins have been lost over the centuries. While the Naihanchi kata...

Kata Naihanchi – Karate’s Most Deadly Kata?

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...

Hyung: The Hidden Secrets of Tae Kwon Do

Many black belts and students of Tae Kwon Do don’t realize the devastating self-defense applications that are hidden within every hyung (forms) taught in...

Formlessness And The Dao Of Movement

The Dao of movement may imply different things to different people, ease of movement, many different stances, continuity, the art of improvised movement, etc. All...

Ju No Kata

So-called "Forms of Gentleness," as the ju no kata is referred to, is a grossly misinterpreted standard of Kodokan. As performed in modern-day judo,...

The Other Way of Sanchin Kata

Many karate systems teach the Sanchin kata as an external training method to strength-condition practitioners with a series of breath-controlled tensions. This mainstream understanding...

The Pinan / Heian Kata Series as a Fighting System: Part...

In the first part of this series we examined how the Pinan / Heian katas represents a complete fighting system that contains techniques for...