Basic Karate Form New Method for Teaching old Martial Art!
Let’s face it, most basic karate forms are boring, and couldn’t boredom be the reason many people quite the martial arts early on?
With this in the back of my mind, I decided to create a better basic Karate form. Simply, Iwanted my karate class to be…not boring. I wanted a karate kata that would be fun to do, include all the basics, and actually involve the student.
Does your karate form look like this?
Before we get into the form itself, consider that most forms are simply step and block. Step and punch. A piece of a karate move, and not the whole thing. Thus, in addition to being boring, the forms have little value except for indoctrination into how to learn things rotely when in a mass of people.
Can anybody spell first grade?
How about behavior modification? Both good reasons to leave aside long used methods and find a better way of teaching Karate, and the martial arts.
Or does it look like this?
In creating the basic form called ‘House’ I elected to use three basics, the low block, the outward middle block, and the high block. Those are easy enough for a beginner to remember, and real enough for simulated fighting.
I then placed these blocks on a line, and put a punch after each of them.
Thus, there is stance change, weight shift, basics, and the idea that you can actually block and then offer a karate punch, or martial arts strike of some kind.
Now, to tell the truth, Chinese Kenpo, as presented by Ed Parker, had a good idea in their short one basic karate kata. Unfortunately, while the idea of facing all four directions was good, it needlessly complicates the basic function of this kenpo form.
So, in line, three blocks, punches right after each of the blocks, and you have something that means something in real fight simulation, and can be learned quickly and easily, and, here’s an important element, can be upgraded into a more difficult version.
Let’s say you start the student on the first step, a low block and strike, and he can’t quite get it. That’s okay. The martial arts are new to him, and he’s confused. Let him be confused, drill him only on that one move until he gets it, then give him the second move.
Then, drill him on the first and second move till he gets it, his own confusion will keep him entertained, and, finally, he can move to the third move.
Thus, the karate student learns the whole form.
Now, want to keep him drilling? Want to make sure he does the form enough to get the deep down meaning of the moves?
Have him drill it in two man kata fashion.
This is just like one step blocking movements done at the beginning of a Karate class, except that it is a two man form, and the reality of the situation, that is to say the form, is being re-inforced with every single punch. More important, it takes no excessive instruction, you just have the student do the basic karate form and feed it punches.
He will have realization within moments concerning how to do this, and he will be off to the races!
The Karate student thinks he has it?
Ask him to go faster.
Ask him to do it without stepping, in place.
Ask him to do it with weapons! The possibilities are endless, and this simple, basic karate form is suddenly opening doors that are refused to students who learn in the same old same old mass education methods.
If you would like see how this kata works for yourself, click on Basic Karate Forms, if you would like to learn an entire karate system taught in this manner, go to Matrix Karate at Monster Martial Arts.