Are there Secrets Inside Your Kata? This is actually a controversial subject especially if you speak to a very devout traditionalist! But there are Secrets Inside Your Kata waiting to be seen and unleashed!
Kata [patterns] has very traditional meaning or interpretation within them. This includes all styles of martial art being taught. These interpretations, which the term actually offends some traditionalist, are very important.
But there is MORE in their than people think! There is also a SOLID self defense reason to look at Kata in a different light!
There is always a danger within the ideal of tradition that is can become "dogma" very quickly. Therefore tradition should be looked at understanding all things do change, and there is no exception.
Nothing in the world stays the same. Most of all, it is best to honour tradition, with the idea that growth also needs to happen.
I very much believe in the teaching of traditional interpretations for Kata. These helps the student learn and understand the techniques and movement. And it also links what they are learning to a high purpose, honoring those who created it.
However for the sake of self defense, the student also needs to begin to see what else is there! Hence learning the Secrets Inside Your Kata.
When you teach someone a predetermined movement the brain is then taught, over time to develop the movement as motor skill. This is also called "muscle memory." The problem however is the student does NOT see the application as they should!
Therefore the student needs to be taught to "see" their own meaning, based on the 3 different attack methods. AND ever move in every Kata can be interpreted for the 3 attack types.
Let's look at an example.
The "Down Block" or Low Block as I was taught to call it is often times looked at for the blocking of a kick. Sure that can be done. But there is much more to it than just that! Below is a short video looking the Down Block applied from a GRAB.
Now teaching that is one thing! But when the student begins to study the movement and see this for themselves, the brain acts differently. This type of learning will dramatically increase the chances the student could use the technique on the street!
It is more than JUST muscle memory! It is also how the unconscious mind see the techniques. This is what the Secrets Inside Your Kata are! Then when related to pressure points in the vicinity, the movement becomes VERY effective in self defense.
And the great news? This is all part of the teaching of the science of pressure point self defense called Kyusho Jitsu.
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Grand Master Art Mason
Grand Master Art Mason is a professional full time martial artists and Kyusho Jitsu teacher. He is available for seminars and study groups. He resides in Brasov Romania
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