Master Black Belt
- Feb 18, 2015
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Don't let anyone kid you. Kata are evolving, and they should.
IMO, kata does not evolve. We evolve (personally) by kata. That's how I take Kanawaza.
|Back to the Taikyoku kata: they are something of a Frakenstein creation, not quite basics, and not quite real kata in that they do not contain subtle and sequential Bunkai. If they help you, then very good.
Who said kata is defined by bunkai?
|But you should concentrate on more advanced kata as soon as you feel comfortable, because the Heian kata each teach you something different, progressions, weight shifts, etc. They are far better in teaching you karate. Just my opinion, and not everyone agrees with me.
This isn't Gichin Funakoshi, nor the OKinawan Masters to my knowledge. We have instructors at my school who know all the kata in the curriculum; yet who won't spar with me out of frustration. It's not technique that makes you a good karate fighter, it's the karate foundation, the "DO" that makes you a great karate fighter. This is the Gichin Funakoshi message, nor the Kanawaza message.
In any case, to each his own. How you approach the curriculum with the testing qualifications is up to the individual....
And good luck to any grappler who thinks he can "close the distance" and tackle me while I stand idly....