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  • I do lots of kata. It's fun! - 40%

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    Default How often do you practice your kata?

    After reading another post about katas, I'm curious as to how often people practice their katas in relation to their techniques/other training. If you have a specific breakdown and why would be great to hear.

    Myself, I usually warmup with Katas or end a session with Katas or sometimes both. I never go a session without doing at least one kata mixed in there somewhere. I find great value in working through the techniques while exercising my visualization skills of fighting against an actual opponent.
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    Default Re: How often do you practice your kata?

    Almost everyday. I do some more than others. There are times like yesterday where I didn't do any forms due to other things previously done throughout the day. There wasn't much left in the gas tank if you know what I mean.

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    I don't practice my katas every day, but I do practice them almost every workout. If I go to the gym, sometimes I don't have as much time to do everything I want, but I usually do at least my highest form and then go down until I too run out of gas.

    I love kata though. The more I practice kata, the better the rest of my techniques seem to look.

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    Default Re: How often do you practice your kata?

    I do some kata practice everytime I workout. I don't work every kata but, I try to make sure I get through every kata, every week. Since most of my practice is solo, I get really bored doing techs. in the air.
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    Default Re: How often do you practice your kata?

    Quote Originally Posted by Takai View Post
    Since most of my practice is solo, I get really bored doing techs. in the air.
    Amen to that. I'm so glad I found Tara to work out with and now Josh too, so I can stop kicking the stuffing out of the air all the time.

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    Default Re: How often do you practice your kata?

    I work kata every other day... and a good 2 hrs on sunday am.
    I work kata on Naga teq, Escaping teq, and war teq: I also do kata slow and soft / and fast and hard... I will work my newer katas longer than the ones i have had for years. but I always start and end all kata training with the first one i learned. for me thats the foundation of all katas.
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    Default Re: How often do you practice your kata?

    I don't work the forms as nearly as much as I should. I guess I'll have to change that.

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    Lightbulb Re: How often do you practice your kata?

    Zarny-old Pal....

    I hope you specifically spent some quality time with Long 2 this weekend, so it's dialed in and ready to test this week.

    I'll outline this, not for Zarny's sake, as he is in my class, but to share an idea with everyone else.

    We usually try to walk through all/most of the katas at least once per class. If someone is preparing to test or compete, we will place particular emphasis on kata, by performing the Focus kata in a variety of ways. (With tension, slow-no power-all flow, warp speed-no power, to emphasize each aspect...before returning to normal, full-on Battle to the Death mode) We also some nights will do all the katas in ascending order, eliminating the salutations and simply bridging from the last move of one, to the first move of the next, to build both physical and mental endurance. Try this, as when we first started doing this, it was more mentally fatiguing to do all the forms contiguously, with no pause, or breathing between sets, it strained one's concentration to stay focused for the duration. If we do this in an All-belts class, the lower levels simply loop back into the katas they are responsible for, and they too, continue until the blackbelts have finished all of their forms. Good cardio as well as mental stimulation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Takai View Post
    Since most of my practice is solo, I get really bored doing techs. in the air.
    ....that's a kata.
    They're great for practicing by yourself and helping to reinforce basics and fundamentals, but only if you're mentally focused on these things when practicing. If you're thinking about what you need to pick up from the grocery on the way home, you're not getting the maximum result of your effort. IMHO =-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SifuDangeRuss View Post
    We also some nights will do all the katas in ascending order, eliminating the salutations and simply bridging from the last move of one, to the first move of the next, to build both physical and mental endurance. Try this, as when we first started doing this, it was more mentally fatiguing to do all the forms contiguously, with no pause, or breathing between sets, it strained one's concentration to stay focused for the duration. If we do this in an All-belts class, the lower levels simply loop back into the katas they are responsible for, and they too, continue until the blackbelts have finished all of their forms. Good cardio as well as mental stimulation.
    Sounds like a good idea. I'm going to have to try it out. Thanks!
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    Default Re: How often do you practice your kata?

    We alternate in class. One day forms one day self defense. On my own I work out everything I have learned. Many times I'll have my wife just read off random things. Something like; Delayed Sword, then Left side Short One, Star Block Set, 5 Swords, Long One, etc. It seems to help come testing time and I even notice less thinking about what the technique is in technique lines. It becomes more of a body reaction instead of my brain decoding and then acting.
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    I do short form 1 at least once a day. I practice tecs several times a day though. Keep hoping my brain will retain them!
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    I am more of a technique and sets guy.

    Forms have benefits dont get me wrong just not my cup of tea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler View Post
    ....that's a kata.
    They're great for practicing by yourself and helping to reinforce basics and fundamentals, but only if you're mentally focused on these things when practicing. If you're thinking about what you need to pick up from the grocery on the way home, you're not getting the maximum result of your effort. IMHO =-)
    True....but a kata has a specific order that is followed and that helps keep me focused. If I do just one technique then I have to decide what the next one will be. With Kata it forces me to go right into the next technique. If I have issues then I can go back at the end and try to clean up that particular tech(s).
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    Since i moved I don't get to practice enough. And with limited space it is nearly impossible to practice anything in the apartment unless I move everyting out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arizona Angel View Post
    I do short form 1 at least once a day. I practice tecs several times a day though. Keep hoping my brain will retain them!
    Repetition is the key!
    Repetition is the key!
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    I'm lovin the responses to this topic!

    Keep those replies coming!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarnyk View Post
    I'm lovin the responses to this topic!

    Keep those replies coming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arizona Angel View Post
    I do short form 1 at least once a day. I practice tecs several times a day though. Keep hoping my brain will retain them!
    Some of us have a little harder time than others. Keep at it, I'm sure you'll be fine. Just remember. If it were easy than everyone would do it. This is what seperates our art from everyone else's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arizona Angel View Post
    I do short form 1 at least once a day. I practice tecs several times a day though. Keep hoping my brain will retain them!
    Angel...

    Read the thread on..."WhattayameanFocus, Sifu" as you might find the mneumonic tools within, would help in your retention.

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