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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.

KIAI – The Powerful Shout

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

Willie Lim Kata Training is Outside the System

When I was training in TKD I was young and eager, an like so many others, interested only in the free sparring. In my...

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...

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 Function of Kata Training

History An elaborate code of movements of the arms and hands, and a flowing posturing of the body, "kata", meaning form, model or structure, uses...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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 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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....