Think for yourself

In a practice session a couple of weeks ago, I chose one of our seemingly easiest katas and gave it a lot more time than I would have normally. Initially I chose this “simple” kata so that I could focus on “other things” like breathing, flow, and footwork. The hand motions are not complicated which … Read more

Perfect, naturally.

Last week I was reading a blog by Jesse Enkamp (Karate by Jesse) that discussed the differences between practical and artistic approaches to kata. Although I don’t agree with his entire premise, the post is a good read and it ends with a video of Luca Valdesi competing in the kata portion of an international tournament. … Read more