I’m curious as to what methods you guys use to help a student develop fluid body movements, or breaking the lockstep movement pattern that solo kata practice so often instills. Personally I feel this is one of the biggest handicaps hampering karate-ka today. We often equate the formal movements of the classes kata, 1-2-3, with the fluid and natural movements of real fighting. Personally I utilize several different exercises to achive this one being olympic stlye weight training, another being heavy bag work, speed & double end bag, pad work, kicking a soccer ball, sticky hands and free sparring. However I wonder about the following:
1. How important do you feel natural movements are in karate?
2. Do you feel this is breaking with tradition?
3. Is this breaking with kata?
4. Is the kata at fault, or is it the way we interpret kata?
Have a good day!