To evaluate a potential kata application, check the items that apply.
- More than one proper interpretation exists.
- Every technique should be able to immediately end the fight.
- Strike to disrupt; disrupt to strike.
- Nerve strikes are "extra credit".
- Work with the adrenaline rush, not against it.
- Techniques must work at full speed and power.
- Application must work on an "unwilling" partner.
- Understand why it works.
- Deception is not real.
- If you are not there, you cannot get hit.
- Cross the T to escape.
- Stances aren't just for kata.
- Don't forget to breathe.
- Use both hands.
- A lock or hold is not a primary fighting technique.
Use this checklist to decide if a kata is golden or possibly sub-optimal. A sub-optimal evaluation might indicate that you have not been taught the "real" kata. See also the other two parts of this Checklist; Rules and Other Considerations.
From The Way of Kata: A Comprehensive Guide for Deciphering Martial Applications by Lawrence A. Kane and Kris Wilder (2005).