The steps to understanding kata

To those who don’t understand kata they are just pretty forms,

A dance with an edge,

Not useful for a fight,

To those who appreciate kata,

It is a flow of techniques,

A lot like shadow boxing brining move and move together,

It records the history of its techniques,

It can be like a good workout,

Exercising and strengthening the muscles,

Developing muscle memory,

So that you can drill technique’s together and use them in a fight without having to think,

Which could slow you down,

But what about those who love kata,

Each kata is its own beast,

Its own animal,

Its own spirit,

You become apart of that kata and mould it to how you understand it,

That understanding changes over time,

Brashness of youth,

The soft whisper of connection,

The gentleness and inner strength of years gone by,

It changes and yet stays the same,

Each katas spirit guide you into its area of expertise,

I’ve always apprectiated kata and somewhat loved it,

But to truly love it is like when you can no longer use it,

It is a tool that focuses the mind,

Sharpens the body,

That brings a power and eagerness when you need it,

And at other times stills the storm within your mind,

It is just you and the kata,

Like a craftsman or an artist,

Working on perfecting not the kata,

But yourself,

Martials is a way of life,

And kata is one of its greatest tools,

Many say that it is useless in a fight,

All I can say is that the best sparring matches I have ever had,

Is when there has been this incredible focus,

The minds stills,

And everything seems so peaceful and beautiful,

Time slows down and you can read your opponents actions,

I have for a long time tried to recreate that feeling,

Only from extremely intense yoga sessions or when I have finished a grading,

Have I found such peace,

But recently I have discovered that peace,

That incredible focus that stills the war of everyday life,

How is it that in the heat of battle you can find the greatest peace.

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