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Kata

 

The kata are formal exercises, which combine basic karate techniques - blocking, punching, striking and kicking - into a series of predetermined movements. Kata combines offensive and defensive techniques, proper body movement, and changes in direction. The kata teach the karateka to dispose of numerous attackers from at least four directions. Although the kata do not involve visible opponents, the karateka, through serious study of the kata, learns the art of self-defense and the ability to calmly and efficiently deal with dangerous situations. For these reasons, the kata have been the core of karate training since ancient times.

 

The Essence of Kata

The most common definition of kata is prearranged set of movements, which are practiced to help to improve balance, focus, power and techniques. Originally, Kata was created by Bodhirama as an exercise to promote good health and self-defense practice for him and other monks. The explanation of Kata is not a simple one.


Usually, each Karate-ka may have a different understanding of Kata depending 
on their training history. The essence of Kata is best described as the self-
expression of the Martial Arts skills 
of the person practicing. Every Karate-ka is different and techniques sometimes appear differently than others practicing the same. 

 

This is based on many factors, such as body design and stature, skill level, flexibility, etc. We know that Kata is comprised of a wide range of techniques, but without each Karate'ka's feelings, emotions, and skills, it is motion without meaning. The practitioner must become one with the Kata and not be preoccupied with thoughts of who is watching or what they think of it. The most important thing about practicing Kata is what the practitioner feels before, during and after the kata. When the practitioner performs perfectly, they become the Kata and are able to move without thinking, therefore coexisting with the Kata to become one.

 

Kata is very important to Marital Arts training and should not be a task to practice. It stimulates both mental and physical development and can be practiced throughout life. As we continue our training at any level, we must diligently practice Kata and remember the valuable lessons it teaches.

 

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World Karate Federation International World Games Association Japan Shotokan Karate-Do Kanninjuku Organisation Japan
Asian Karatedo Federation
Government Of India & Indian Olympic Association
International Olympic Committee Karate Association of India
South Asian Karatedo Federation (SAKF)
Self Defence Education Trust
International Olympic
Sportaccord International Federations Union
World Karate Federation International World Games Association Japan Shotokan Karate-Do Kanninjuku Organisation Japan
Asian Karatedo Federation
Government Of India & Indian Olympic Association
International Olympic Committee Karate Association of India
South Asian Karatedo Federation (SAKF)
Self Defence Education Trust
International Olympic
Sportaccord International Federations Union