What Is Kata?

August 12, 2017 Karate Geek 0

Kenwa Mabuni (founder of Shito-Ryu) wrote, “It is impossible to create two-person drills containing all of the techniques and their variations. However, if one practices kata correctly, it will serve as a foundation for performing any of the large number of variations that may be needed.”

Adding Application to Kata

January 21, 2016 Karate Geek 0

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.

Teaching Strikes

December 30, 2015 Karate Geek 0

Teaching students is hard, especially for new instructors. For most of us, the only way to learn to teach is to get out on the […]

Mastering the Straight Punch

December 17, 2015 Karate Geek 0

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.