Practically all karateka include kata practice as part of their training. The question asked by the vast majority is, “Why?” Certainly many karate practitioners slight the practice as they feel it is a pointless exercise that does nothing to increase fighting skill; “I hate kata. I’d rather spar!” is the ‘macho’ boast made by many a misguided junior grade (and sadly a few senior ones).
Without an understanding of the information and techniques included within kata, karate is a very limited art. How many karate clubs include close range striking, grappling, throwing, joint locks, chokes & strangles and ground fighting in their practice? The answer is all of them! But very few realise it as they leave such methods hidden away within the katas
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