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

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...

The Wall of Silence: Vital Points in Kata

Prior to WW II there were several publications which discussed vital points and how they could be used to knock out or kill a...

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...

The Basics of Bunkai: Part 5

In this series of articles we've been looking at the basics of "bunkai" (kata application). The purpose of these articles is to introduce the...

Our Tae Kwon Do Self Defense Heritage

When we look at our Tae Kwon Do self defense heritage it seems we have moved backwards. We have veered of course and developed...

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...

The Basics of Bunkai Part 7

This series of articles explores the basics of "bunkai" (kata application). Over the last six parts we've been discussing the fundamentals of this vitally...

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...

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

Welcome to part four of this Pinan / Heian Series of articles on the Pinan and Heian katas as a fighting system. In the...

Willie Lim: The Rebel Master of Kata Bunkai

Totally Tae Kwon Do magazine recently spoke to Master Willie Lim, a pioneer of the art in New Zealand and a revolutionary in the...

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...

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...

Kata Training: Practice Kata Correctly

This translation originally appeared in Vol. 29, No. 1 of the Hiroshima University of Economics Journal of Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences. Translator's Introduction Over the...

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...

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....

The Basics of Bunkai – Part 3

In this series of articles we are exploring the basics of bunkai or kata application. The aim of these articles is to open up...

Taisabaki No Kata – The Body Movements of Form

By Dr. William Durbin ~ It has been acknowledged by most authorities, at least those who actually train in traditional martial arts, that Kata is...

Discovering Bunkai in Kata

By Bill Burgar ~ Today kata are practiced for a variety of reasons. Some people use them as good exercise, some to practice technique,...