Karate Philosophy Corner:

The Sports Kiosk

Coming Full Circle

The old masters built their repertoire on solid basics. The old masters built their repertoire on solid basics.

Disclaimer: despite the fact that I don’t perceive Karate to be a sport, I do understand that it is a recognised sport that is trying to achieve Olympic status. It is on this basis that I write about the art in this sphere. 

I’ve never been particularly an avid fan of kata, however I must admit that when performed honestly and with great skill;it’s a thing of beauty. It seems that in the modern karate landscape that in a very general sense, the motivation for perfecting technique in kata and its performance stems from competition. With all the exposure I’ve had to competitions, including WKF-style as well as the more traditional competitions, it’s no surprise that as an overzealous kyu grade that I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into some more advanced kata. However, it is a slight…

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