What is the purpose of kata? Many
students ask this question. A kata is a series of linked
techniques in which a number of different things are
accomplished. Here are some points to consider:
are designed to stimulate your reflexes and to
strengthen the body.
kata works different muscles and puts the body in
different positions. Because of the great variety of
possible techniques, there are many different katas.
doing kata, make sure that each individual technique is
completed and not rushed, or the kata will become sloppy.
kata you always win your confrontation with the
imaginary attackers. This mindset helps you to gain
enable you to develop your tanden (the area where ki or
internal energy resides), helping you to attain more
power and stability.
kata tells a story that has slow parts, fast parts, soft
parts and hard parts. Used together in a variety of
combinations in kata, these different ways of doing
technique help to develop timing and rhythm.
provide different fighting scenarios, demanding that you
use a variety of techniques, and help you to learn
myriad self-defence applications.
teach you to defend yourself from multiple attackers.
must have the mindset that you are doing kumite when you
perform kata. Imagine the attacker’s hand or foot
coming towards you and then defend against it.
help you to improve your imagination.
doing kata, you are defending yourself against your
Kata is a great tool for
practising on your own and learning self-defence. And
these are just a few of the great benefits of kata. You
have to dig deep to understand the meeting of kata.
Everything is not as it appears.
Grey-Bruce Ryusei Karate-Do