Kata can be divided into two categories of study, these are a ‘Performance Sport’ and ‘Practical Applications’.
It improves balance and co-ordination, speed and strength, focus, timing, body mechanics and technique. It is also great for young children to improve their attention.
There are many ‘styles’ of Kata. To say one ‘style’ is better than the other is ignorant. What separates ‘styles’ is really only aesthetics. Many ‘styles’ have the same Kata in them and the applications are exactly the same. They are all a variation on a common theme.
Ultimately at the Academy we don’t deal with ‘styles’ so if you have trained in Karate before, don’t worry about it.
Bunkai is the analysis of Kata Techniques and is one of many tools to remember and pass on practical self defence techniques.
The practical applications of Karate are recorded in the Katas in response to the following attacks:
The tools recorded in Kata to counter these attacks include Striking, Takedowns and Submissions.
To apply Kata techniques properly you need to already be proficient in the Fundamentals of Footwork, Checking, Slipping, Parrying, Clinching, Escaping and Controlling.
At the Academy we teach these Fundamentals first so that the ambiguity of Kata applictations unlock themselves.
Some of these elements most people wouldn’t associate with Karate as they usually are not associated with Sport Karate (Karatedo).
No early practitioner prior to Karatedo would have over looked such practices.