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Kata: Why Bother?

Welcome to the latest Iain podcast! This month’s podcast is called “Kata: Why Bother?” and it discusses the nature and value of kata from a practical viewpoint. It also asks if there is a place of kata in modern training or if it is increasingly becoming an archaic waste of training time?

The podcast is around 18 minutes long and is based on an article I wrote a number of years ago. The podcast also looks why kata were created in the first place and suggests how we need to approach kata if it is to have value as a record of combative techniques and as a training method.

I hope that you enjoy the podcast and as always any feedback will be gratefully received (

Best Wishes,


Kata: Why Bother?
Iain Abernethy