Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Kata Application Evaluation Checklist: Principles

To evaluate a potential kata application, check the items that apply.

  1. More than one proper interpretation exists.

  2. Every technique should be able to immediately end the fight.

  3. Strike to disrupt; disrupt to strike.

  4. Nerve strikes are "extra credit".

  5. Work with the adrenaline rush, not against it.

  6. Techniques must work at full speed and power.

  7. Application must work on an "unwilling" partner.

  8. Understand why it works.

  9. Deception is not real.

  10. If you are not there, you cannot get hit.

  11. Cross the T to escape.

  12. Stances aren't just for kata.

  13. Don't forget to breathe.

  14. Use both hands.

  15. 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).

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