A good drill on sidestepping to gain angles when fighting (a fighting “kata” if you will :-). Boxing footwork has had a huge influence on modern karate, and with good reason. The traditional methods of the kata are perfect for close-range civilian self-protection, but if we also wish to include a fighting component to what we do then we need to have the footwork skills for closing distance and negotiating a back and forth extended exchange. Personally footwork is one of those skills that I love to train because my body likes the “feel” of it.
I have often found that topics like these are made in vain, but I recently moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and I'm looking to find a place to train. I have found a group or two that might be a good fit for me, but I was wondering if anyone knows of any karate schools that meet this community's exacting standards for excellence? If anyone knows of any such schools in the area, I'd love to be pointed in their direction. Thanks!
Hi, I would like to use this thread to add all the things we've learnt regarding kata bunkai from reading Iain's books, articles, newsletters, watching videos etc. I'll start off with a few: 1. The 'inactive' hand does one of the two things: a) it moves the opponents limbs out of the way, or b) it tells you where the opponent is. 2. Angles are important, that is when kata shows a movement at an angle it means that you have to move to that angle in order to avoid being hit and/or be in a better position compared to the attacker. 3.
In this extract from his book, “The History of Karate: Okinawan Goju” (May 1996), Morio Hiagonna tells us the tale of a meeting in the 1930s where Jigoro Kano (founder of Judo) and Chojun Miyagi (founder of Goju-Ryu karate) discussed grappling and groundwork in karate: