Just had a bombardment of exciting things coming to me.... hope y'all don't mind! Was going to post it in the other "how do you study your kata" thread, but felt it was long and 'rambly' enough for a thread. Instead of trying to focus on a different aspect of the form or train it in a different way, realising that every single time you perform a kata, it is different. Literally every time is different, and every kata is actually new. Just like the old saying, a river not being the same from one moment to the next, and is a whole new river, a kata will never be performed the exact same, ever. So then working with this, you can perform a kata, and ask yourself... "Okay, what's different about it this time? How is it feeling? How did I feel while doing it? What is standing out today? What's revealing itself?" How you perform your form often informs you as to where you're sitting, what you're holding onto, or what space you're in in life. Shoulders tense and raised often means you feel like you have the weight of the world on them, feel burdened; leaning forwards too much (tight calves) can signify an overpreparedness, not trusting the process of life, trying to anticipate too much, be in control, future focused etc. There are days for me when everything is disjointed, movements feel disconnected from each other, and it's usually because within myself I feel disconnected from life, others and myself, confused and 'out of step'. And too much tension as well, usually being a lack of trust, believing I need to hold it all together, be on constant alert.. It then becomes a tool for self-reflection, but this also informs how to work with it in your martial art practice. It reveals limitations you have on yourself, but also positive expressions too, feeling of unity and power in movements can come from a sense of genuine wellbeing and empowerment. And having this stuff brought to your awareness means it's already in the process of transformation, and you begin to let it go. Movement becomes freer, and energy flows better. It's another dimension of kata I've been exploring , much along the lines of zazen practice, (there's a saying "Ken Zen Ichi Nyo", Karate/Fist and Zen are One") kata is facing yourself, directly, there's nowhere to hide, as your kata reveals all if you're honest with yourself. This clip comes from a longer DVD (which I actually contacted them directly and bought from them as I loved their approach), but along these lines: That's all! Obviously you have to know the form well enough, past the memorising stage, but it's been fruitful for me exploring this.