Karate – Kata and Self Defence

Karate Self Defence Shizoku Martial Arts Christchurch

A great article regarding Karate, Kata and Self Defence from our friends over at Martial musings. Enjoy…


Excerpt: “There are a lot of opinions of whether Kata (or forms) and traditional martial arts are worth practicing…  particularly these days with the MMA, Muay Thai, BJJ and other combat sports taking the limelight.

Many are in the camp of thinking that traditional martial arts training, and particularly Kata training (Kata = forms or patterns used in traditional martial arts) is a complete waste of time and training should be spent on more functional drills and sparring; while others feel Kata training is the “soul” of their art and perform their kata because it’s part of their heritage without a clear understanding of the meaning of the movements….