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Karate Kata, The Truth Of What They Mean

The old school of teaching martial arts is by teaching Karate Kata. This applies to Karate, Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Kenpo, and arts of that nature. Even if you’re not in a kata oriented discipline, however, there is an adherence to the study of form.
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The unfortunate fact is that most people don’t know why they are studying in this manner. They don’t see the connection between repetition of dance-like moves and real combat. The moves often even seem removed from any real function.
The first thing to understand is that the body is a form, and the dance is a form. Thus, when you move one, you move the other. The point here is that you are learning what you live in.
Most people think they are the body, but the fact is…they ain’t. But they won’t realize that unless they take control of the body and start to move it. The best way to move that body is…karate kata.
The second thing to understand is that forms are actually advanced movements. Advanced movements require either massive amounts of time invested, or they require a firm grasp of the basics. It is on this matter of perfecting basics that most people fall down on.
The third thing to realize is that you are stumbling through the dark, defining something that apparently has no definition. You continue studying these kenpo forms or taekwondo forms, and one day they open up. This comes not because you have understood the dance-like steps, but because you have looked at your own body long enough to open it up to your awareness.
It is awareness that you are growing through this martial farce, the body and the mind are purely secondary. Awareness through the body, and into the world. If you really want to understand what the martial arts are, what those kata things are, then you need ask yourself only one question: where does awareness come from.
The above all said, even after awareness is defined, one needs to discipline oneself to do the forms sufficient times to plumb the depths of oneself. You do the forms, day after day, year after year, and one day you will wake to a new reality: a new you. Do Karate forms enough, and one day you won’t be doing the forms, you will be doing the art: you will be doing you.

Building Blocks and Powerful Punches that Break Hearts!

Here is an oddity, building blocks will give you powerful punches. Check out this Pan Gai Noon video, and then I’ll tell you a story of real pain.

My most unfavorite Karate drill was the Eight Step Blocking Drill. You just did eight blocks in a row, forearm to forearm, bashing your way to bruises.
I loved the rest of the class, but I hated that martial arts drill. Fortunately, it only lasted a couple of minutes, so i would weather it, then continue on with the good stuff.
As I went up the ranks I noticed that this few minutes a couple of times a week was changing my blocks. They were getting harder and harder. Against my own belt level they stayed the same, pain and agony and I hated them. But the few times I was paired up with a lower belt, or had to teach a white belt, I would block and they would cringe.
Now, isn’t that interesting? I thought only the guys ahead of me could hurt people with their blocks!
Time went on, and I noticed that my punches were getting infected with this power. A couple of times I even had to be cautioned about hitting too hard! Me? Punching too hard? But I was just a high school kid and I thought everybody was stronger than me and I shrunk away from the idea of fighting because…because..I could hurt somebody with my punch? Now that was novel!
Now, over forty years later, I have to be extremely careful when I do a Karate block or karate punch somebody. I raise bruises, I threaten to break arms, and my punch seems to go right through…and sometimes I run an arm up the bone in my forearm. I feel all these little bumps, bone bruises that must have calcified, and I know that the drill that I hated the most is responsible for giving me blocks that work, and unstoppable, powerful punches. If you want some mugger busting, thug smashing power in your fists, drop by Monster Martial Arts and have a ball!