Kata are really simplified shorthand for practical techniques. Think of a kata as the CLIFF NOTES version of a fighting system — a cheat sheet for memory.
One of the most important jobs of a martial arts instructor, especially one who works with younger students, is as a disguiser of repetition.
But what is the truth, really? Are any of the martial arts or their MMA cousins practical and effective in a real world self-defense situation.
The key to the success of the workout was those fast changes, low reps, and not stopping no matter how much it hurts.
The straight punch is one of the foundations of all branches of karate. It is a deceptively simple technique that most students do not fully understand or appreciate.
It was nerve-wracking. Overcoming that initial fear and that adult worry of what someone else thinks about your life is the hardest, silliest part of getting into the martial arts.