Friday, March 6, 2009


KATA contains elements of various specialities of other methods other than kicking and punching.They are jujutsu the art of restraining locking throwing// atemi waza sometimes called kyushujutsu the art of striking vital points on the body//koppojutsu the art of breaking bones and dislocating joints.
All these arts are seperate sciences in and of themselves and contain advanced elements not covered by kata.KOPPOJUTSU as an example in it's advanced practice teaches bone setting of broken bones and realignment of dislocated joints.
KATA is concerned only with the immediate need to subdue and or escape an attacker using elements of these ryu as the situation allows to you do so.
These are specific and identifiable aspects and procedures.What of aspects not as identifiable within kata?
Flinch or instinctive natural reaction that we all are subject to whether we have praticed martial arts for 1 year 30 years or not at all.Evolution took a few million years to embed these reactions into our psyche to insure our survival and a few years training is not going to remove them.
In the oral tradition of kata is says"use two hands to perform movement"this is because the ancients built flinch or startle reaction into specific defensive technique.
Often you see or hear "if the attacker throws a (insert the name of any type punch here)this is how you respond".There is a very big problem with this type of instruction even tho a very effective counter may be shown for each type of punch.The problem is you can not cover all the possible variables of each type of punch.
Each defensive technique (e.g. a situation where the attacker initiates the 1st strike)contains a flinch reaction initially before executing a specific reaction usually termed as a "block".
Action is faster than reaction who acts 1st wins but primordial flinch reaction is equal to action unless of course you are frozen in panic or fear and terror.The concept of mushin mind of no mind is correct .In modern terms it simply means reacting without predetermination or concious thought or a flinch response.
Should we stop learning technique against different types of attacks ?No flich reaction provides us with a safety margin if only for a fraction of a millisecond training teaches us what to do with that margin in a specific way.

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