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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.

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...

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...

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...

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....

Master Willie Lim Analyzing and Interpreting Kata

Master Willie Lim is known for his expertise at analyzing and interpreting kata and he has traveled around the world making a difference in our understanding...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...