Hallo, Tez!Did you ever do kata in your Judo? My instructor knows the Judo katas, he demo'd some and we tried parts out but 'knee walking' is beyond me. Interestingly some are done with weapons.
I never had to work with weapons at my old Judo classes. It was more focused on the competitive sporting aspect. The kata consist primarily of statically drilled throws, pins, chokes and joint locks yes, but sadly a number of the throws were either impractical or outright banned for competition (such as the "Kani Basami", simply known as the "Scissor Leg Takedown").
The knee walking may be for leg endurance and strength! Judo can do a number on the knees over time. I've known people who've torn their ligaments, and I personally tore my patella tendon, which kept me out for months.
This is fair. I am not a Karateka so I just carried over whatever I learned from TCMA over to JMA.Can I respectfully disagree with some of the above.
"Totus est non quis is videor"
Years ago, before we were aware of bunkai, I often referred to kata as a tool box that contains all the techniques you are likely to use. You can pick and choose and string a few bits together.
Many years later I look at kata more as being the operating manual. It contains an entire fighting system within. But you need to progress way beyond kihon. There is no progression from kihon to kumite. The progression is from kihon to more advanced understanding.
A question though: But isn't the 'more advanced understanding' acquired from Kihon training to be used in Kumite? Not necessarily as a progression, but as supplements to each other. I apologize if I made it sound like a hierarchy.