A totally non-serious thread!
Early this morning I drove to the local shop to pick up a few bits and pieces for breakfast. I get home and get out of the car with my hands full of the shopping. Facing the car door, I take a step back and, without thinking, I deliver a Naihanchi / Tekki Style “returning wave kick” to the door to close it. At that point my messed up bunkai-brain triggered the “that’s from the kata” alarm!
It got me wondering if others here have ever done something totally un-martial and then had your brain pair it with a kata motion?
Another example I can think of is when gathering up a rope after kayaking. I had one end of the rope in my left hand and was using my right hand to wrap it around my left elbow, and then back to my left hand. You do this repeatedly and you get the whole rope looped around for forearm, all uniform and neat. Every time my right hand hit my left elbow it triggered the “that’s from the kata” alarm because it was the same position as in Naihanchi / Tekki (see picture).
This is obviously a sign that I spend a lot of time (too much?) thinking about kata … and I’m sure I’m not alone in this!
Anyone else had the experience of doing entirely non-martial tasks to have their body / mind make a totally unjustified connection to kata?
All the best,