“This superb book is essential reading for all those who wish to understand the highly effective techniques, concepts, and strategies that the kata were created to record.”
– Iain Abernethy, British Combat Association Hall of Fame member
The ancient masters developed kata, or “formal exercises,” as fault-tolerant methods to preserve their unique, combat-proven fighting systems. This groundbreaking book unveils these methods, not only teaching you how to analyze your kata to understand what it is trying to tell you, but also helping you to utilize your fighting techniques more effectively.
In Japanese, martial arts understanding can be classified in two ways: omote and ura waza. Omote signifies the outer or surface training, while ura waza can be translated to denote the inner so subtle way. Omote is the most common and well understood. Ura waza, ont he other hand, is the subtle details that make the obvious succeed. Practitioners who never learn these crucial details lack essential tools required to make the most of their martial art.
While kata is the foundation of most Asian martial disciplines, numerous misunderstandings continue to prevail regarding the true intent of such forms. A common example is that many practitioners are led to believe that defensive techniques, called uke in Japanese, should be thought of as “blocks”. A more accurate translation of the world uke would be “receive,” a term implying active ownership.
Once a practitioner owns an aggressor’s attack, he or she may redirect it as needed to put an end to the confrontation, often without even striking an “offensive” blow. Seen in this light, defensive postures can take on a n entirely new meaning. You will learn more about this…