Something as a bit of fun: I have an intellectual exercise for those who make use of firearms in training. We’ve loads of kata for “historic weaponry”, but, as far as I am aware, nothing for modern handguns. If there is something out there? If not, we may have the opportunity to create an entirely new type of kata :-)
The idea came to me from four sources. Firstly, there is this scene from the film “Equilibrium”. Obviously this is movie based fantasy, and this is not what I’m suggesting!
The second source of inspiration came from this tongue in cheek article from “Karate By Jesse”:
Again, this is not at all what I’m talking about.
The third source – a much more practical one this time – is the book, “The Modern Day Gunslinger”. In the book the author covers many drills and techniques for drawing a pistol, various shooting positions, shooting while moving, the actions to take to clear various forms of jams, how to quickly change magazines, techniques for use in low lighting (i.e. the combined use of a torch), drill for shooting while changing angles (i.e. pivoting), how to reload should one hand be injured, etc.
It struck me that many of the drills could be done with an unloaded gun / with “dry fire” in order to increase efficiency / fluidity of the motions. And if you put those drills end to end you have a kata where many of the key motions could be practised and rehearsed.
The final source for this thought was a friend, who is both an extremely experienced marital artist and was a competitive shooter (before handguns were banned in the UK). He told me he would drill clearing jams in just the same way he drilled his martial arts i.e. through endless repetition until it was second nature. He said that in competition he’d often cleared jams before he consciously realised they had occurred as a result of this training. A kata could therefore be helpful in giving a way that repetitions could be done either as part of the kata, where a jam was mimicked, or by practising a “subsection” where the jam was recreated using empty casings.
Just like standard kata, the “gun kata” should be viewed as a support to live fire training on a range (or in simulations) and not as a substitute for that training. There is obviously the need to drill these motions in more realistic ways, but as a supplementary form of solo training, and a record of key motions, it could be useful.
Primarily though my thinking is that it would be an interesting intellectual exercise that would no doubt give insight into the process by which the traditional kata we have today were created.
There could even be a series of kata (like the Pinans) where the first covers basic drawing and shooting positions, later kata cover postures and foot work for shooing on the move, you could them move on to clearing malfunctions, high up you could have a kata for shooting, reloading etc with one hand (should one have been injured), etc.
Even if it transpires the end product is not worthy of keeping, the process of trying to create such a kata may have value, and above all else it would be fun too!
Do our more experienced shooters know of anything like this already in existence? What considerations would be needed for such a theoretical creation? Is anyone tempted to give it a go and share their early creations?
All the best,
NOTE: The civilian use and ownership of guns is always a controversial topic. This forum is a martial arts forum, not a political one, so we have a policy of never discussing the politics around civilian ownership of guns. There are plenty of other locations on the internet where this issue can be more appropriately discussed. I’d therefore be grateful if any political viewpoints could be left to one side. All political posts (for or against) will be deleted.