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Unarmed Kata Practice

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.

 https://youtu.be/SLryfVrFOr8

 https://youtu.be/r7KvtT7aLII

 

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.

 https://youtu.be/gabiXgPSykE

 https://youtu.be/XY1DHGdzr5E

 https://youtu.be/0ZSzOS_UA4M

 https://youtu.be/NEbbFlr1CjA

 https://youtu.be/X-6xKEkQL_8

 

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.

 https://youtu.be/f9VKfELWnwo

 https://youtu.be/AXkW9JCT0sw

 https://youtu.be/pQ02qvskAtU

 

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. 

 https://youtu.be/R6aTJuPNwOY

 https://youtu.be/G24TUi6FxXQ

 https://youtu.be/sNhdL-2yDu8

 https://youtu.be/RSxQ5JrUPwk

 https://youtu.be/UBhUwz_Ctp8

 https://youtu.be/IqgWBezNBIw

 https://youtu.be/PLjVkWNEJwg

 https://youtu.be/FKURGTA5AmM

 

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

NOTE:

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... 

 

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