Kata Based Sparring (video)

In this video I talk about the Kata-Based-Sparring concept. I also share footage of methods from Chinto (Ganakaku), Naihanchi (Tekki Shodan), Jion, etc being applied in live sparring.  

Live practise is a must and Kata-Based-Sparring is a core part of my four-stage approach to kata (explained in this video: https://iainabernethy.co.uk/content/four-stages-kata-video). Kata was never intended to be an alternative to live practise. Kata is a repository of knowledge to inform us what to do in that live practise:

“Kumite is an actual fight using the methods of kata to grapple with the opponent.” – Choki Motobu

“Sparring does not exist apart from the kata, but for the practise of the kata.” – Gichin Funakoshi

“Through sparring practice, the practical meaning of kata becomes apparent.” – Chojin Miyagi

And so on.

The traditional link between kata and kumite has been severed in many schools. Skewed ideas about kata are all too common. Therefore, many people can’t see how their notions of “kata” and “kumite” can be reconciled. However, when both practises are viewed from the correct perspective, the true beauty of karate becomes clear. 

All the best,

Iain

PS The YouTube links can be found HERE

Practical Kata Bunkai: Kata Based Sparring