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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 and Pressure Points

By George Dillman ~ Kata can be compared to a song. The meaning of the song is stated in the lyrics and expressed in...

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...

Chuck Merriman on Kata and the Meaning of Bunkai

"The kata are the essence of karate; without them karate would be the mere learning of various fighting and self-defense techniques, expressing nothing and...

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...

Kata and Old School Karate

Many of the past masters knew and perfected one, two or a handful of kata. Now many practitioners know (or half know) many kata....

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...

Old Karate is About Interpreting Kata

I prefer "old karate." I mean this in three different ways. When I first used the phrase, I had been training for about ten years....

Nage No Kata And Katame No Kata Part 1

Kata? Not in this dojo. We only do fight'n Judo here. It's bad enough you have to learn some of it just before ya...

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 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...

Creativity, Culture, Power Plays and the Dao Of Movement

There are many fields of creativity in the realm of physical movement, but how serious are people in even attempting to reach the very...

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...

KIAI – The Powerful Shout

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

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...

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...

The Basics of Bunkai – Part 8

Welcome to the final part of The Basic of Bunkai - Part 8. In this series of articles we've been exploring the basics of...

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....

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 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...