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diadicic's picture
Bored to death of Kata performance.

Why have I always struggled with kata performance. Since the beginning of my practice 27 years ago.

I like drilling and fighting with the concepts.

The way we do preform solo kata does give a me a workout. I am just so board of doing it.  Is there any thing I can do to make it better for me?  Mental trickery.  Their has to be something else.



Iain Abernethy
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This podcast I did a little while ago has lots of suggestions for variety in solo kata training. Hopefully there will be something in there which will help:


Iain Abernethy Podcast wrote:
In this podcast we discuss the solo kata itself and how it can be used as an enjoyable and effective method of supplementary solo training.

We start by discussing the nature of kata, what a “good kata” is, and what benefits the practise of solo kata can bring when training alone. We then spend the bulk of the podcast looking at the many different ways in which you can make use of kata regardless of style, available space or environment. We also cover some of the ways in which you can add variety to solo kata training in order to make training challenging and enjoyable. The hope is the podcast will motivate and inspire you to further explore the many ways in which kata can be used when a training partner is not available.

One other thing to bear in mind is that by definition to get good at something we have to do it over and over and over. An element of boredom is therefore inevitable. We need to push through the boredom if we truly want to achieve competence. That said, training should never be unnecessarily boring. “Repetition by stealth” can help add in some variety and I hope you find some ideas in the podcast. I’m sure others will add their suggestions too.

All the best,


diadicic's picture

Thanks for getting me started.


rshively's picture

Kata is most like a multi-dimensional puzzle. Your background often helps unlock a kata's potential. Different dimensions = different levels of understanding. Grapplers who understand kata look for new and different methods of application as do Kyusho and weapons stylists. Look at kata as a diamond in the rough...something that increases in value the more time you put into it.