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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.

The Role Of Kata For Contemporary Fighting Martial Artists

When many people see the name of the system I study, Progressive Protection Systems, they instantly think of a modernist system, which abhors the...

Martial Art Subtleties: The Lessons Kata Teach

The kata were created in such a way that they required careful learning, training and much repetition to acquire the skill and learn the...

The Basics of Bunkai – Part 6

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...

The Basics of Bunkai – Part 4

Welcome to the fourth part of the basics of bunkai series. "Bunkai" refers to the analysis and the practical application of the techniques of...

Returning To Classical Kata With Willie Lim

A true understanding of karate is to found by returning to classical kata. Unlike modern karate, it is forms which hold the key to ancient...

Willie Lim Unlocks Martial Arts Truths

Willie Lim likes nothing better than to unlock martial arts truths. He is demystifying martial arts, shattering illusions that many would like to keep...

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 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...

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...

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...

The Basics of Bunkai – Part 2

In this second article, we'll be looking at the basic application (bunkai) for the knife-hand block or "shuto-uke". As we established in The Basics...

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...

Neihanchi Kata: A Half-Century Musing On The Kata Of Okinawa

I do not speak Okinawan, Japanese or Chinese but I am very fluent in a certain kind...

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 Martial Artist a Lethal Musician

One cannot learn how to make music without understanding how it functions much like one cannot practice martial arts without understanding martial arts forms...

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...

The Torso Method Exercises Transform One’s Taiji

The last of a series of exercises developed by Jou Tsung Hwa at the Taiji Farm, the aim of these subtle, precise, and intensive...

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...

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

Welcome to part three of this series of articles. In the first part of this series we looked at the background of the Pinan...