What is the, or are there secrets locked inside of your Kata? The answer to this question is not as straight forward as you may think!
Today violence is on the rise on our streets. You can have all the warm and fuzzy feelings you like, but the stats show the truth. The possibility of being attacked are very very high! After all this is why you got involved in martial arts training right?
Today there is in my view a BIG problem with many training in the arts. People have become obsessed with conditioning. Conditioning the body to be the BEST it can be….Nice……but!
Very FEW are conditioning the MIND!
Now don’t get me wrong I am not against physical fitness. My good health is tied to this, however without the mind being involved, and I watch many train and it is not, your likelihood of success in an attack is low.
Kata today is often taught for the purpose of performance, like a dance or a gymnastics routine. That is fine, but it leaves on the table the real VALUE of learning a Kata. The reason we learn to make the moves part of us, and be able to use them in real life.
Now this is where many superficial martial artists laugh. But the truth is, if you train the mind when you train the body, training the mind in what is potentially happening in the Kata, then you create a machine, that with time is almost unstoppable!
So back to the question, what are the secrets? The secrets of Kata are in the learning of HOW to interpret, so the unconscious mind will use the movement when they are needed.
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