The ancient masters developed kata, or "formal exercises," as fault-tolerant methods to preserve their unique, combat-proven fighting systems. Unfortunately, they deployed a two-track system of instruction where an 'outer circle' of students unknowingly received modified forms with critical details or important principles omitted. Only the select 'inner circle' that had gained a master's trust and respect would be taught okuden waza, the powerful hidden applications of kata.
The theory of deciphering kata applications (kaisai no genri) was once a great mystery revealed only to trusted disciples of the ancient masters in order to protect the secrets of their systems. Even today, while the basic movements of kata are widely known, advanced practical applications and sophisticated techniques frequently remain hidden from the casual observer. The principles and rules for understanding kata are largely unknown.
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—both in self-defense and in tournament applications.
Fifteen general principles to identify effective techniques
Twelve discrete rules for deciphering martial applications
Comprehensive insights into kata history, strategy and tactics
Vital physiological considerations
Well organized materials for easy reference and comprehensive understanding
This book is an absolute must for any serious practitioner of traditional karate, tae kwon do, or kung-fu.– Philip Starr, Inside Kung Fu Hall of Fame Member; Founder of Yiliquan
For years, karateka have needed a manual to bridge the gap between their training and real violence. This book is a pioneering step in fulfilling that need.– Sgt. Rory Miller, tactical team leader; close quarters combat instructor
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
This comprehensive book bridges the gap between form and application in a realistic, easy-to-read and easy-to-apply manner. – Loren Christensen, 7th degree black belt; author
Demonstrates the practical uses of kata, relates the traditional and modern aspects of fighting, and brings meaningful information to today's martial artists. – Martina Sprague, martial arts instructor; author
Lawrence Kane is the author of Martial Arts Instruction (YMAA 2004). Over the last 30 years, he has studied traditional Asian martial arts, medieval European combat, close quarter weapons (knife and pistol), and rifle marksmanship. In addition, Lawrence has supervised security personnel at a Pac-10 football stadium. Lawrence lives and teaches Goju Ryu karate in Seattle Washington.
Kris Wilder is author of Lessons from the Dojo Floor (Xlibris 2003). Practicing martial arts from the age of 15, Kris has earned black belt rankings in three styles, Goju-Ryu (4th dan), tae kwon do (2nd dan), and Judo (1st dan) and is an international competition medallist. He has received training in Okinawa, Japan and the USA from gifted martial artists who take their lineage directly from the founders of their systems. Kris lives and teaches Goju Ryu karate in Seattle Washington. 515 illustrations....