Kata in regards to unarmed combat is practiced to enhance the student's speed, power, and ability to transition properly from one technique to another. It also offers a platform for all of the fundamentals to be practiced and studied. The muscles we use for self defense are greatly strengthened and stretched as well to not only improve power and flexability but to coordinate the ebb and flow of energy from the ground through the legs, waiste, and arms. The empty hand kata that best illustrate and facilitate the ideas above are those from the Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu Tradition and are listed below:
Fukiyugata I, II
Basic Kata that teach the student the fundamental A & B foundation techniques using High, middle, low blocks, lunge and reverse punch, elbow, knife hand and front kick. Also, they introduce the student to the basic stances of Karate.
Pinan I, II, III, IV, V
Pinan teaches the student how to put basic technigues into more fluid offensive and defensive motions while teaching the student speed and power. Pinan also introduces the student to more advanced movements found in more advanced kata.
Naihanchi I, II, III
Naihanchi teaches the student the use of the gamanku (core power) as well as advanced bunkai (fighting applications). Naihanchi is instumental in building true destructive power. Naihanchi is the oldest known Okinawan Kata.
Ananku, Wankan, Wanshu, Rohai, Gojushiho, Passai, Chinto, & Kusanku
Referred to as the "fighting kata", these kata are the trademark of traditional Tomari and Shuri Te waza as observed by the Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu System. They display the beauty and power of the traditional martial arts of Okinawa.
Prearranged Kumite Practice
Yakasoku Shodan- https://youtu.be/Sm0rZEq1oBk
Yakasoku Nidan- https://youtu.be/SZG2y2bcpMc
Yakasoku Sandan- https://youtu.be/WrluSBv_bl4
Yakasoku yondan- https://youtu.be/zyz1IqbQ7Ek
Yakasoku Godan- https://youtu.be/CsRJOxTTrn4
Yakasoku Rokudan- https://youtu.be/TeP4vzxX9f0
Yakasoku nanadan- https://youtu.be/_KNsgXKTGxY
Kata provides an excellent platform as well to practice the concepts of Ti. Ti is practiced and understood first through gaining physical wisdom in which kata provides the foundation. Second, through conceptual wisdom which includes bunkai, variations, gamanku, tenshin, etc. And lastly, through experiential wisdom in which application, kakie, makiwara, and kumite become a large focus. These steps are sometimes practiced in phases and/ or, oftentimes, all together...