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Category Archives: Kata and traditional training

Tips, videos, articles and insight on the subject of kata, traditional training and Japan

Karate Evolution v Extinction

There is a famous martial arts quote stating “Follow not in the footsteps of the masters instead seek what they sought”. At face value, this quote is telling you to look for the principles that the old masters were training rather than the techniques. Looking deeper it’s saying look at the master’s goal for training. […]

Training Intent

Intent is something that is by no means easy to have for most of us. Believe it or not most people join martial arts clubs to learn self defence and the most common conception is that you will learn to fight. One of my old instructors used to say “anyone can throw a punch, in […]

Karate Terminology

Basic Strikes Chudan tsuki Stomach level punch Jodan tsuki Head level punch Yoko uraken Side Backfist Strike Mawashi empi Round Elbow Strike     Basic Blocks Jodan age uke Rising head level block Haiwan uke Forearm block Soto uke Outside hooking block Gedan barai Downward block Kake uke Hooking block Oshikomu uke Pushing block Shuto […]

Traditional karate is actually modern What karate students should get from this video. I love watching this video, as most karate-ka do.  We love it because we recognise the moves that are familiar to us from traditional kata and we feel all the hours of kata training are validate because all that kata training was not wasted because in […]

Dirty Kata

To explain what dirty kata is, let us explain how kata is usually clean.  As kata is the art form/performance side of karate there is a strong emphasis on precision, balance, control, poise, dramatic timing and expression. This performance aspect of kata has been further characterised by the tournament/competition kata which prizes it. As a result, […]

Bunkai and Oyo

Bunkai Bunkai literally means “analysis” or “disassembly” in Japanese but in the context of karate, it refers to the self-defence applications or intent behind a technique or sequence in a kata, which is often not obvious. To understand and unravel the mysteries of Bunkai you must understand a little of its history. A lot of […]

4 Elements of Kata

4 Elements of Kata The following is a checklist of sorts to guide the development of your kata ready for a tournament or your next grading. The list has been broken down into four key areas. This not only makes it easy to digest but also isolates different aspects or elements of your kata to […]