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Broken Kata, Secret Forms…the Truth of Karate

Broken Karate Kata makes for Secrets in the Fighting Forms, and that is the truth of Karate. And, tell the truth, that’s the secret of all the classical martial arts. Watch the video and check out my teaching method, then I’ll give you the straight goos on the truth of Karate and the martial arts.

The first guy who made that Karate kata, he understands it. Then, without knowing what they are doing, sensei change them, add to them, don’t teach them effectively, and the next thing you know…the simplicities are hidden.

Take for instance the form Pinan four, called Heian four by the Japanese. The third sequence of moves, is a cross block, followed by a step to a middle block. These are basic moves, nothing mysterious about them. You learn how to do a low crossed wrist block, and then you practice your outward middle block, and that’s all there is.

But, you could block a kick, the rush forward to an uppercut. That’s an excellent interpretation, especially if you consider that you could be blocking a weapon, then covering distance. That fits in with the idea of development of kata and bunkai to fend against armed samurai. And, that’s not two basics, that’s a more complex idea of negating distance.

Or, what if you blocked a kick, then, without stepping, you execute an outward block. Now we have a combination designed for two attacks, in fighting, somebody trying to close distance on you.

Or, what if you changed that crossed wrist low block into a grab art? Simply place one hand over the heel, push on the side of the foot, and, voila, you have an ankle twist that is suspiciously like a simple wrist twist.

Or, what about…do you get the idea?

Now, how do you plumb the depths, solve the riddles, shine your light upon the enigmas? That is where Matrixing comes in. Matrixing breaks everything apart, and then you can reassemble as you wish, and in the reassembling is the key. You see, if you are reassembling, then you are taking on the viewpoint of the one who assembled, and suddenly you have the creator’s viewpoint.

Now, the trick here is that most people look at what I have written here and think…’Oh, I understand what he is doing,’ and then they learn no further. They think by seeing me describe one element they have understood the method that enabled me to take it apart.

Nope. Nobody on planet earth has discovered matrixing. Nobody in the martial arts, no matter how much they read of my articles, has figured out what I am doing. This is no a proud statement of arrogance, this is a statement that if you truly want to learn the martial arts, if you want the eye that will enable you to fix your martial Arts Kata, delve into the real secret techniques bunkai behind martial arts forms…if you want to find the truth of Karate, or any other art. You need to learn Matrixing. If you don’t, the secrets remain, and your study was a mindless monkey see monkey do sort of thing. Check out Monster Martial Arts if you don’t believe me. The truth is there…if you can cease your inner chatter and open your eyes.

Learning The Martial Arts Forms Art By Art

When we consider the best martial arts forms we are considering those martial arts kata that give the most benefit to the student. I usually recommend learning as many patterns and arts as possible, then working on the ones that the student prefers, although there can be oddities in this method. I also hold that one should learn entire arts, first taekwondo, then karate, then kung fu.

The kebons are good, basic kata taught in both karate styles and taekwondo styles. Though there are three to five of these introductory patterns, I don’t usually count them as forms because they are actually the ABCs of the martial arts.

The next batch of kata to consider would be the Taeguks from Tae kwon do. These are basic moves, a bit more advanced than the kebons, but not as advanced as the Okinawan Pinans (Japanese Heians). Though they take a few moves from the Pinan forms, they serve them up as straight block and counter techniques, no hidden throws or weapons disarms, and no real generation of internal energy.

After the taeguk patterns one should learn the Pinan forms from the Shotokan system, the Kyokushinkai system, and other Japanese martial styles. The Pinan kata are actually designed more for weapons defenses, though not many people know this. The idea here is that one learns the Taeguks for hand to hand combat, then moves into the Pinans for a basic understanding of weapons defenses, and the beginnings of chi eneergy generation.

After the Pinans I recommend the three forms from Pan Gai Noon, which is the base art of Uechi ryu Karate, and which are actually three extremely hard core kung fu forms. These three forms are sanchin, seisan, and sanseirui, though sanseirui is considered more of a show form. These three unique kata are specifically designed to generate internal energy.

Sanchin teaches a student to bolt the body/motor down to the ground. There are not a lot of moves in it, but the moves are perfectly designed for adapting hard energy to excellent self defense moves.

Sanchin may be the power form, but seisan is the technique kata. This form takes the power of sanchin and transfigures it into (probably) 13 specific self defense moves. These are all based on one specific move called wa uke, which is a circle block with a flesh tearing grab on the end.

So, Kebons to Taeguk to Pinans to Sanchin and seisan; taekwondo to karate to kung fu. This sequencing of martial arts forms provides the student with the absolute best and most complete arrangement of classical training possible. Other forms can and should be learned, but the heart of the art is really in this arrangement of art.

You find a lot more concerning the correct arrangementof form and art by visiting Monster Martial Arts. Evolution of Art might be of specific interest to classicists.