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In this article, I thought we’d have a brief look at exactly what it is that the katas record. Katas are not simply a record of techniques; rather each and every kata is designed to record the key principles and strategies of a complete style of fighting!
One of the subjects covered in the Bunkai-Jutsu book is “Predictable response”. For those who haven’t read the book yet, “Predictable response” refers to the unconscious action an opponent will take when subjected to certain stimuli. These unconscious actions are common to all human beings, and are used by the katas to predict the opponent’s most likely position and movement.