So my instructor plays piano. He was recently saying how it's just like martial arts. Each song is like a kata for his fingers. It got me thinking. Martial training consists of four things. Basics: learning and practicing the building blocks of your style. Technique/Drill: practicing the application of your style in safe conditions Kata: formal, artistic practice of your style Kumite: competitive and/or emotionally charged practice in a live fire, but controlled, environment. With piano, the kata would be individual songs. Basics would be the scales and theory practice. Technique would simply be rehearsal. Kumite would be live performance. How about applying the metaphor to other hobbies? For example, the other thing I do is writing. I journal, write sappy poetry, blog. I've had fiction and nonfiction published. For writing, basics would be the spelling and grammar drills I used to do in school. Technique would be every time I communicate via writing. Kata is probably journaling: it's practice where I can play and know nobody is watching. The closest thing to Kumite would be submitting manuscripts: it's emotionally charged every time I do it. How about y'all?