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The 'Cross-Buttocks' Throw: A forgotten throw of Karate, Boxing & Taekwondo

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Interview with Iain Abernethy by Geoff Thompson (October 2000)

Geoff Thompson: What made you want to write a book, and specifically about kata?

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The Magnitude of Kata

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!

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The Benefits of Strength Training

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A Brief History of Kata

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The Bubishi – Karate’s Most Important Text?

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Performing the Katas

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Know your Enemy?

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Predictable Response

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.

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What are the true applications of Kata?

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